Gloucester Services had a visit from television presenter and comedian Griff Rhys Jones yesterday.
Griff is best known for his partnership with Mel Smith during the 80’s when they collaborated on their sketch show ‘Alas Smith & Jones’
Mel and Griff met much earlier than this whilst working on ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’ and they went on to have a very successful career together even making a couple of movies together.
Griff now lives in London with his wife Jo, and tends to spend his career presenting factual programs.
Whilst in Gloucester the natural choice for transport was of course Andy Cars, where one of our executive drivers spent several hour in Griff’s company, and Griff expressed his sincere gratitude for the service provided.
Congratulations to Keith Hill and Bojan Micic who have both been awarded Driver of the year for 2015.
These awards are made by the controllers and Management and the criteria is who is most helpful, who is always prepared to go the extra mile and most importantly, who makes the effort to help the customers and ensure they have a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
As well as the prestige of being Driver Of The Year, there is a small financial reward to each of them.
During this World Cup we have seen many famous faces visit our city, none more instantly recognisable than the great footballer Kevin Keegan.
Kevin was in Gloucester giving a talk at The Hatherley Manor hotel in support of Gloucester City Football Club, guest of the evening were treated to a slide show of sporting hero’s and an interesting and humorous talk revolving around the great man’s career.
Kevin was part of Bill Shankly’s superb squad of the 70’s where he made some 230 appearances for the club.
In 1973 Kevin was part of the squad that saw Liverpool win the League Championship and the UEFA Cup a feat they repeated a few years later.
In 1974 the team went from strength to strength and won the F.A. Cup that year.
1977 saw the squad achieve the sporting great of winning the illusive treble the League Championship, the League cup and the European Cup.
After leaving Liverpool Kevin managed several teams including the England Squad.
We are pleased to announce that not only were we the first company in Gloucestershire to change to a GPRS based operating system, and not only were we the first and only company in Gloucestershire to have C.C.T.V. fitted in all our vehicles.
Andy Cars is now the first and only company in Gloucestershire with credit/debit card facilities in all of its vehicles, simply take your journey, insert your card and the payment will be made, if the fare is less than £20.00 contactless payment is available.
There is a small charge for the service £20.00 and under is £1.00 – over £20.00 is 5% this is charged by the terminal provider, not Andy Cars.
All credit and debit cards are excepted.
Andy Cars is working in conjunction with Verifone Secur@taxi
This year there was a split in the voting for driver of the year, two drivers won the award, they were Mr Ray Rose, who is one of our wheelchair friendly drivers, and Mr Mark Nutting who is a night driver.
Both drivers received an award certificate from the Managing Director and a nice little financial reward, plus the prestige of being the Andy Cars Driver Of The Year 2014.
All Andy Cars vehicles are now being fitted with CCTV for passenger peace of mind and the drivers security.
The top quality high definition cameras will record any event taking place both inside and out of the vehicle, all cameras conform to the regulations set out by the I.C.O. and the Data Protection Act, drivers do not have access to the recordings which can only be viewed by members of the management team.
We hope this will provide another level of security and comfort to every journey taken by our customers both in the private and corporate sector.
Gloucester City Council has welcomed the move and will be encouraging other companies in it’s jurisdiction to follow suit.
Any of our customers who feel they were treated unfairly and would like to call on the video recordings as evidence must report the problem to us within 24 hours of it having taken place otherwise there is a possibility of the data being recorded over.
Dr Dawn Harper, well known for co-presenting Channel 4’s Emabrrassing Bodies is one of Andy Cars regular clients. Dr Dawn is an extremely busy lady and loves travelling in luxury in the 7 Series BMW that Steve runs.
Dr Dawn joined Embarrissing Bodies in 2007 and is also the resident G.P on ITV’s This Morning, as well as being in the media spotlight Dr Dawn is a part time G.P in Stroud.
She was trained at the Charring Cross & Westminster Medical School and has a long list of qualifications including Medical Batchelor, Batchlor of Science, Member of the Royal College of Physicians, a Diploma in Child Care and a Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning, so not just a pretty face then.
Dr Dawn lives in Gloucestershire with her husband who is also a G.P and they have two children together.
One of our International accounts called on us to transport some of their top people around the country over a few days, our chauffeur drivers, John, Steve and David pulled out all the stops and delivered a first class service as always.
The company were that impressed they felt compelled to send us a lovely email showing their gratitude.
Whilst it’s our job to provide a first class service, and we sometimes don’t get it 100% right, we learn by our mistakes for the next time. So it’s always nice to get this sort of feedback and to know we have sucedded.
So on behalf of everyone within Andy Cars I would like to say well done to the chauffeur team, good work lads.