De Vere Travel started from humble beginnings as just one man, one passenger assistant and one vehicle carrying out a single school contract and some private hire work.
It then added to its repertoire a 16-seater minibus which allowed the company to offer a selection of theatre trips and days out, as well as taking groups of children on outings.
Today, De Vere Transport Limited boasts a fleet of over 20 vehicles, employing over 30 people. It services over 30 schools and adult care centres, carrying around 300 children and vulnerable adults to and from their schools/centres on a daily basis; totalling around 700 vehicle movements a day.
It offers an extensive private hire service; taking local people to airports for their holidays, to wedding venues on their big days and to restaurants on special occasions. It prides itself on being reliable, professional and a good local employer.
Satisfied customers of De Vere had this to say about the company;
“Absolutely first class!!! Second time of using. London trip this weekend for 16. Executive 16-seater coach was amazing, well worth paying the little extra, highly recommend. Driver Pete was fantastic too, thank you all.”
“We booked a taxi for Gatwick airport early hours of the morning. Ray was great, on time and smartly dressed. Pick up from Gatwick was easy with Ray being there for 7am – couldn’t have wished for a better service.”
De Vere involves itself in sponsoring local events and providing quality transport services for local schools and establishments. It also offers trips to theatre shows and to other events and on average organises 40 trips a year.
As a family-run rural-based business, being part of a community is important to the company. Founder and General Manager, Brian Davison spoke about how the company has evolved, “being based in rural North Essex we have seen a lot of development over the years, leading to more and more people using our services – both for transportation to schools as well as recreationally.
We have established good working relationships with the local councils and many local people who use us on a regular basis. We have tried to evolve with the times and have grown our staff numbers and fleet accordingly. In today’s climate we are really proud of the fact that we are still going strong after 30 years and hope this continues for years to come.”
The company is looking to the future and is hoping to expand its fleet and increase staff numbers over the coming year.