Coaching staff making savings

John Rogers from Blackpool Design Coachbuilders Ltd hands over their first completed project. He is pictured left with Gary Young, operations director from Manchester Community Transport and the rest of the coachbuilding team.
John Rogers from Blackpool Design Coachbuilders Ltd hands over their first completed project. He is pictured left with Gary Young, operations director from Manchester Community Transport and the rest of the coachbuilding team.
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A TEAM of designers have delivered a fully-refurbished bus to the NHS.

Blackpool Design Coachbuilders have handed the bus, completely redesigned to become an anti-smoking campaign and help bus to Manchester Community Transport, where it will tour the area for the NHS.

It’s the latest project in a long line of conversions for the team, which has created party, IT training facility, youth outreach, flood contingency and charity facilities on four wheels in recent times.

Work has already started on a bus for the Olympics, with meeting space downstairs, and computer terminals which will be linked to the race systems inside various stadia.

Managing director John Rogers said: “There’s a lot going on and it is a niche market – I think there’s only four or five companies like us in the UK.

“We’ve got a great skillset here – staff who used to work for TVR and Duple coachbuilders before they went.

“If it’s got four, three or even two wheels, they can turn it into whatever the client wants.

“As a new start up, we’ve worked on three vehicles, but have worked together before. I managed to buy that company’s assets and keep some staff on.

The team at the firm were behind Blackpool’s Buzz Bus, touring sites to offer young people reassurance and advice on a number of issues.

John added: “We’re doing a bus for Burnley now, offering young people somewhere to go and keeping them off the streets.

“Since we started up, we’ve been busy and want to find more work in Blackpool.

The firm has also been handed 10 vehicles for new panels and painting and is hoping to get more work from local authorities as a way of saving money.

John said: “We can take a vehicle and refurbish it for far less than buying a new one – and we hope with council cuts we can win a lot of business.”

Independent business advisor John Tailor, based in Elizabeth Street, Blackpool, said targeting the civil service with savings was an ideal business to be in.

He added: “Anyone able to show substantive savings to a local authority – while making money themselves - is onto a good thing in the current climate.

“It will give the firm a strong ethos which will only make it stronger in better times.”