When SABIC brought 150 of its staff from the USA, Middle East and Europe to Teesside to build a new IT system for its Wilton site, the chemical giant faced a considerable logistical transport challenge.
The staff were based in hotels across Teesside and as far afield as Tyneside but all needed to be at Wilton each weekday morning to work on the introduction of the SAP software – before being ferried back to their temporary accommodation each evening.
SABIC threw down the gauntlet to trusted local firm Coatham Coaches – and the long-established coach hire company rose to the challenge.
Coatham managing director Mark Hodgson recalls: “Over the course of several months we bussed up to 150 SABIC people to Wilton on a daily basis from numerous hotels across Teesside and the North-East.
“Often they weren’t able to tell us exactly what they needed for the following week until the day before, so it was a busy time for us but the sort of operation we’re always confident of delivering.”
Last year Coatham Coaches celebrated 35 years in operation by investing more than £500,000 in three super-green coaches to help achieve a record turnover of more than £1 million.
Having taken over an established taxi firm, Coatham now operate a fleet of 15 coaches and five cars from their base in Margrove Park, on the outskirts of Guisborough.
A family-run firm that prides itself on quality, Coatham was initially run by Mark’s father, former Guisborough Town FC manager Mike Hodgson, who remains very involved to this day.
Whilst Mark is now managing director, his sisters Nicky and Louise work in the office, brother-in-law Andy is in charge of the fleet and workshop, while Andy’s son Aarron is employed as an apprentice fitter.
Mark says: “Whilst much of our work comes from schools, our range of vehicles – from BMW cars, Mercedes MPVs, luxury minicoaches to 57-seat luxury coaches – means we have the flexibility to deliver the kind of ad-hoc, bespoke service SABIC and other corporates require.
“Much of our work comes from repeat business and reputation because we’re both approachable and flexible – and, most importantly, we deliver.”
For more details visit www.coathamcoaches.co.uk or call 01287 652222.