West Coast Motors has acquired Berwick-upon-Tweed based Perryman’s Buses Ltd. Perryman’s is a family business built up by Richard and Linda Perryman operating a range of commercial and supported bus services in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, as well as offering private hire services and seasonal coach tours. It employs approximately 75 staff and operates a fleet of 45 buses and coaches from depots in Berwick-upon-Tweed and St. Boswells.
MD of West Coast Motors, Colin Craig, said, ‘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 that 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 is very much our aim to continue the good work undertaken previously as well as to build on this with further investment in fleet and customer focused systems in the coming years. We believe that our experience and synergies with our other businesses will bring long-term benefits to Perryman’s and its customers as we develop and expand our range of services in the south and east of Scotland and north of England. 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.’
Richard Perryman said, ‘After 44 years in business I am immensely proud of what our family has achieved, I am confident the business will be in great hands under the ownership of Colin. West Coast Motors is 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.’
West Coast Motors is privately owned by the Craig family and headquartered in Campbeltown, Argyll. Founded in the early 1920’s, the company employs around 350 staff and has a fleet of 175 PCVs. The company operates the brands of: City Sightseeing Glasgow, Bute and Oban; Glasgow Citybus; Kintyre Express; West Coast Tours and Fairline Coaches Ltd.