Manchester company Goodwins Coaches is preparing to welcome and transport international teams around the country after winning a lucrative contract.
With backing from Yorkshire Bank to the tune of £450,000, Goodwins have purchased an Astronef 17 from Van Hool, a 37-seater Executive Coach with a rear lounge.
This vehicle, reputedly the only one of its kind in the UK, will be used to primarily service the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) contract to transport visiting international teams to play against England.
Goodwins Coaches were established in 1977 and provides a full range of services including public transport, excursions, holiday packages and vintage coach hire.
"My father, Alan Goodwin, Carol Goodwin and myself, started the company in 1977, so have almost 40 years expertise, and with another generation onboard with Wesley Goodwin, we will continue to move forward," Managing Director Geoff Goodwin said.
"We are still evolving as a company, and this latest development is a great example of the quality of our services.
"The new coach will provide a first class experience for visiting squads with the first to use the luxury vehicle being the India cricket Team this summer.
"We welcome the support of Yorkshire Bank which has taken the time to understand the way we work and has helped us to start working towards realising our long term ambitions."
The company currently employs more than 40 full and part-time staff and has a current turnover in the region of £3 million.
This latest round of funding will enable the company to develop, take on extra staff and increase turnover to more than £5 million in the next five years.
"As a long standing customer Goodwins Coaches are an excellent example of a company with a solid business plan which can deliver to a niche market through the provision of a quality product," Ian Walkden, Head of Commercial and Small Business, West of England, said.
"The experience, drive, and commitment shown by Geoff and his team, represents all that is good about the entrepreneurial spirit of businesses in the North West.
"As we begin to see signs of economic recovery, Yorkshire Bank remains focused on investing in the growth ambitions of the local business community," he added.
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