Sold: The biggest Taxi company in Telford acquired by Welsh operator

Sold: The biggest Taxi company in Telford acquired by Welsh operator

Veezu, the UK’s biggest private hire vehicle operator, has bought Go Carz, amazingly the UK’s sixth largest private hire car business.

Veezu is the UK’s largest multi-region taxi and private hire company, delivering more than 13 million private hire journeys per year, equating to an overall transaction value in excess of £120million.

The company also owns A2B Radio Cars in the West Midlands, Amber Cars in Leeds, Dragon Taxis in South Wales and V Cars in the South West.

This latest deal sees Veezu now operating with more than 6,000 driver partners, making it the biggest private hire business in the UK.

Nathan Bowles, CEO of Veezu said: “I’m delighted to welcome everyone at Go Carz to Veezu. Go Carz is an extremely well managed and established business that complements our existing private hire brands. I look forward to working with Carl Wilday, Graham Hoof and Robin Gibson who will be helping us realise the Go Carz regional growth plan.”

Starting out over 25 years ago in Telford, Carl Wilday had built the built the business up into what is known as Go Carz. It operates in Shrewsbury and into the West Midlands, but started in Telford. The firm has than 1,200 driver partners, and completed five million journeys last year.

Carl Wilday, Managing Director of Go Carz, said: “It’s very much business as usual. The Go Carz brand will be staying, and we will continue to be based out of our existing Head Office in Shrewsbury and our regional offices around Shropshire and the West Midlands. Being part of Veezu brings us access to additional resource and expertise, as well as the next generation of technology innovation that will benefit both the driver partners and passengers of Go Carz.”

The value of the deal, completed in March is undisclosed.

Pic: Veezu

42 thoughts on “Sold: The biggest Taxi company in Telford acquired by Welsh operator

  • June 28, 2020 at 8:59 am
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    The company is full robbing bastards . U book a taxi it says it’s been dissipated then try me driving cba to take the call so cancel it then u have to wait at least 30 mins . Overpriced also . Only a handle of people are good at go cars

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:08 am
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    Hopefully the new management will turf out all the fucking pedo rapists that drive for them , fucking RAPE CARZ , never ever use them ..

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:08 am
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    Gary ‘Geewoker’ Marshall

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:10 am
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    Never had a bad experience with them myself
    Twice I was told to put live location on my phone to show my friends I was safe
    I told the driver I already did that

    I’ve heard stories but if I believed every bad story I heard about a company I would never use any company for anything

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    • June 29, 2020 at 8:34 am
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      totaly agree always used them never had a problem . i will always use them . carry on go carz keep doing a good job .

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Stacey Broadhurst

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    Go Carz well managed – Ha! The wolverhampton drivers are a law to themselves.

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:14 am
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    I don’t use go carz lol Darrell Brown

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:16 am
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    Never used them and never will hopefully but come across their terrible drivers on a daily basis… Law unto themselves when it comes to road manners!!!

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:17 am
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    Makes sense bigger transport network for the drug cartels.

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:23 am
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    Last Yr a woman put her child in a go cars taxi and it drove off b4 she got in. Lucky some1 chased the car and called the police. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve heard story’s of go cars drivers trying to force kids into there cars

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:29 am
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    Never had any issues with Go cars, nothing but reliable and efficient. The app system is great and works really well.

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:30 am
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    Would rather walk the take a journey with go carz.sone absolutely shocking instances of poor driving standards

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:40 am
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    I’m still waiting for vouchers when a taxi driver pulled up to the destination where I was got out walked over to the bush and had a wee!!

    My sis in law Stace Marie Stevens still waiting for her vouchers and phone call off manager after a taxi driver started falling asleep at the wheel of his taxi and also a few other things! This company has gone down hill!!!

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:44 am
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    Used twice, nightmare both times!! One driver turned up 45 mins late, no apology or explanation!! The other occasion the driver didn’t know my address, had a sat nav but insisted I gave him directions as he didn’t like using the sat nav!! He hardly spoke a word of English either!! Worst driver I’ve ever had the misfortune to be with!! Never used them again!!

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:45 am
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    That Carl doesn’t give a shit only bout money

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:47 am
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    Zarz Ahmad Vendone I came here for the comments lol

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  • June 28, 2020 at 9:48 am
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    Let’s hope the new management get better drivers and vet them better than the last owners, also that the drivers know not to drive down the wrong way on the Eastern primary. Its shocking of the amount of posts I see with this company, over charging, inappropriate comments by drivers, and lots more. Not stating all the drivers are bad, but there are some bad eggs in there

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:17 am
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    Are they going to get all their drivers to retake their driving test?

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:17 am
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    let’s hope they do a better job and get some decent drivers. I know that not all the drivers are the same as there are some that are good drivers . but there are a few who seem to think the road laws don’t apply to them .

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Amber Cars, the notorious Leeds taxi service, locking women in cars and dropping them off in the middle of nowhere when screaming to be let out!!

    And I’m sure Go Carz used to have an old trading name about 10yrs ago, i was fresh out of high school & the driver dropped me off at college saying if you ever want a real life sex Ed ill give you my number.. got him 2 pull in to Telford train station & walked the rest of the way -_-

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:20 am
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    Would rather walk tbh

    Had one too many drivers not wear a seat belt, and swing round corners like nobodies business

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:26 am
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    Can they fit indicators on the cars now then !

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:37 am
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    Some of drivers sex pests

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:38 am
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    That y central taxis went

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:47 am
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    Hopefully they’ll make sure that their drivers recognise pedestrians and cyclists as human beings and not just target practice?…..

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  • June 28, 2020 at 10:51 am
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    Jack Alford Harry Alford

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  • June 28, 2020 at 11:19 am
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    GoCarz were pretty awful tbh. Can’t get much worse…

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  • June 28, 2020 at 11:24 am
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    I think go carz recruits direct from the sex offenders register! Walking home is safer than using them.
    Management give zero shits about their customers or reputation.

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  • June 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm
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    Gordon Gordon Plant

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  • June 28, 2020 at 12:21 pm
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    Id rather walk home in the pitch black with a serial killer behind me then use this company ever

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  • June 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm
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    Steve Steve Roberts

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  • June 28, 2020 at 12:40 pm
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    Until they drivers are retested and dbs checked and assessed I would rather walk home than use a go carz taxi doesn’t matter who own it the staff and drivers are still the same. I’m not saying all the drivers are bad but the few I’ve had in the past are enough to keep me away

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  • June 28, 2020 at 12:55 pm
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    The new owner has a job an a half on his hands . . Terrible company . . Will never use them . . And I would never put any of my kids in there . My eldest is 18 an he knows u don’t ever use them. . Hope the owner sorts it out. X

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  • June 29, 2020 at 6:52 pm
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    As a driver, I agree to some comments made, but we are already DBS checked, but that doesn’t mean the person ain’t ever been caught doing the se* thing, a clean start and re-vetting of all the drivers would be a good start for the new company.

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