Berwick bus operator Perryman's is bought

Bus operator Perryman's, which operates services across north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, has been bought by West Coast Motors.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 25 February, 2016, 10:27
Richard and Linda Perryman with their small bus operator award

It is the latest in a series of acquisitions by the Campbeltown-based firm, under the leadership of Colin Craig.

Richard and Linda Perryman, who set up the award-winning business in 1972, believe local bus services will continue to be in great hands.

“After 44 years in business I am immensely proud of what our family has achieved,” said Richard.

“I am confident the business will be in great hands under the ownership of Colin.

“West Coast Motors are one of the most respected independent operators in UK with great coaching heritage and share many similarities with our operation.

“Linda and I would like to thank our many customers and extend a special thank you to our staff for the support they have given us over many years.

“It’s very much business as usual with our son Roddy and his superb local teams continuing the story during this exciting new chapter in the history of the company.”

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Colin Craig, MD of West Coast Motors says: “Perryman’s Buses is a successful and very well-run business thanks to the efforts of Richard, Linda and their son Roddy and we will ensure it is very much business as usual for all Perryman’s customers, both in terms of the local community and organisations such as Scottish Borders Council and Northumberland Council.

“It’s very much our aim to continue the good work undertaken previously as well as build on this with further investment in fleet and customer focused systems in the coming years.

“We believe our experience and synergies with our other businesses will bring long-term benefits to Perryman’s and its customers.”

He added: “We very much look forward to working with the existing team at Perryman’s as well as meeting with customers, local businesses and organisations in the coming months”.

Perryman’s. which employs around 75 staff and operates a fleet of 45 buses and coaches and has depots based in Berwick and St Boswells, won Best Small Bus Operator in the 2013 Route One Awards.

Since its inception in the 1920’s, West Coast Motors has remained privately owned by the Craig family and headquartered in Campbeltown, Argyll.

The company now employs approximately 350 people and has a fleet of 175 buses and coaches. The company incorporates the following brands: City Sightseeing Glasgow, Bute and Oban; Glasgow Citybus; Kintyre Express; West Coast Tours; Fairline Coaches Ltd.