ABOUT US

Veezu is a unique business model established in late 2013 by two well-known Welsh-based entrepreneurs who had a clear strategy to lead the UK taxi market through an expected period of change and consolidation.

Since its early establishment, with laws dating back to 1831, the UK Taxi and Private Hire industry is recognised as one of the most regulated of its kind in the world. It’s a sector strategically critical to the UK’s transport network where today it services in excess of 600m journeys per annum. The UK industry is said to be worth an estimated £9bn per annum, which mirrors that of other transport networks such as buses and rail.

Veezu has invested heavily in new technology to raise the bar for all consumer types and create a ‘best-in-class’ offering for all B2C and B2B customers.

Substantial investment in a strengthened management team, mobile application and dispatch technologies will see Veezu become one of the leading private hire operators in the UK.

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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Established in 2013, Veezu has invested heavily in a strengthened, ambitious management team with experience in fast-growth, mergers and acquisitions.

Board

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Joel Hope-Bell

Chief Executive Officer

 

Having attained a First Class Degree, Joel qualified as a Chartered Accountant then went on to a 20 year career in Corporate Finance including senior roles with UBS, Morgan Stanley and Bank Of America Merrill Lynch. Joel has been Chairman at Veezu since its formation in 2013 and directly prior to becoming CEO he was also Chief Financial Officer at Smart Solutions. He will continue working with Smart as Chairman.

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Tony Knowles

Business Support Director

 

A highly accomplished senior HR and business professional with a breadth of industry experience in Electronics, Technology, Manufacturing and Finance. Tony has a proven track record of driving change with business improvement as well as extensive M&A activities.

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Andrew Pennock

Operations Director

 

Andy started Amber Cars in 1986 with just one car. Since then Amber Cars has grown to be Leeds’ largest private hire operator with over 900 drivers, providing transport for over 4 million passengers per year. Andy joined the board in 2015 following acquisition and oversees operations for the group.

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Paul Ragan

Non-Executive Director

 

A charismatic and dynamic leader with vast experience in fast-growth & acquisitions. In 1991 Paul launched Motaquote, Wales’ largest independent insurance broker, which sold successfully in 2008. Despite acquiring his first private hire taxi business in 2008, Paul became operationally involved in 2013.

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Nathan Bowles

Non-Executive Director

 

Graduating in Business Studies, Nathan started Smart Solutions in 2007, one of the fastest growing outsourcing & training businesses in the UK with an annual turnover of circa £80m. Nathan brings a wealth of experience in fast-growth, acquisitions, logistics and operations.

Management Team

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Dean Turner

Technical Director

 

An electronic engineering graduate with 25 years experience in Technology, IT and Communications. Before joining Veezu in July 2014, Dean led the development team for a diverse mobile social payment application in the US.

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Rhodri Evans

Finance Director

 

Having gained a First Class Degree, Rhodri is a chartered accountant with 10 plus years experience in both practice and industry. Rhodri joined Veezu in July 2014 to head up the Finance Team and support Veezu’s acquisition strategy.

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Simon Hodgkinson

Business Analyst

 

Since graduating in 1999, Simon has held several senior operational and technology based roles. With two technology startups under his belt, Simon joined the team in April 2015 to head up business analysis and KPI reporting.

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Richard Davies

Group Fleet Operations Manager

 

With over 20 years experience in the motor industry, Richard has held a number of senior sales and business management positions. Richard joined Veezu in September 2014 to launch and oversee the Group vehicle hire operation.

PORTFOLIO

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PASSENGERS

Providing private hire services and executive travel to B2C and B2B consumers throughout the UK.

We’re targeting the acquisition of strong regional businesses across the UK to establish six strong regions by December 2016. We are very keen to talk to smaller private hire businesses with a view to joining forces.

Substantial investment in new cloud-based dispatch technology, improved B2B and B2C offerings, in addition to mobile and driver applications, will see us achieve continued growth both organically and through acquisition.

For more info, contact info@veezu.co.uk

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DRIVERS

Enhanced earnings for self-employed drivers via a suite of competitive training, products & services.

To become a self-employed Veezu driver, you will need to be authorised by the relevant local authority to become suitably licensed, and possess a vehicle which will require the necessary plating to become authorised for use as a private hire vehicle.

Veezu make sure that all drivers go through an induction program prior to joining, to ensure we only work with the very best drivers available.

If you are interested in becoming a Veezu driver, contact us on info@veezu.co.uk

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VIP

Providing a door-to-door VIP consumer experience through stylish & comfortable executive transport.

We are currently in the process of launching Veezu VIP, the purpose of which is to offer UK companies the opportunity of opening a business account. This will include express service, a dedicated pool of smart and fully trained drivers and a fleet of modern vehicles.

You can open a business account, or an individual account if you prefer an enhanced level of service. Both accounts are invoiced monthly in arrears.

For information on how to open an account, please contact us on info@veezu.co.uk

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ASSIST

Providing claims management and credit hire services to private hire drivers throughout the UK.

Veezu drivers automatically receive the full support of our Accident Aftercare Management service provided by Veezu Assist.

In the event one of our valued drivers is involved in an accident, Veezu assist will take ownership of managing the claim at point of incident through to settlement. We provide a Temporary Replacement Vehicle to ensure our drivers can continue working and earning.

For more info, contact info@veezuassist.co.uk

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HIRE

Providing  private hire vehicle rental at competitive weekly prices throughout the UK.

Veezu Hire is a one-stop shop for taxi rentals, and is available to both sub-contracted Veezu and non-Veezu drivers throughout the UK.

Due to the size of our expanding UK fleet, we have used our buying power to negotiate new registered vehicles at affordable weekly rentals, with a number of well known vehicle brands. All rentals include vehicle servicing, tyres and insurance.

For more info, contact Richard on rdavies@veezu.co.uk

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COVER

Providing a suite of competitive insurance products for private hire drivers throughout the UK.

Veezu is currently an authorised introducer appointed representative for Jelf Group plc, who specialise in personal and commercial insurance.

Working in partnership with Jelf allows us to access and provide a diverse range of competitively priced insurance products for the private hire market.

For more information, please contact us on info@veezu.co.uk

PRESS

Joel Hope-Bell, chief executive officer of Veezu

Veezu appoints new chief executive officer

Veezu, one of the UK’s leading private hire and taxi groups, has appointed former chairman, Joel Hope-Bell, as its new chief executive officer.

The 43-year-old, who has been the chairman and a shareholder of Veezu since the business was founded in 2013, brings almost 20 years of senior management experience to the role, having advised international clients whilst working at leading City finance firms, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, UBS and Morgan Stanley, on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, as well as debt financing and restructuring.

Most recently, Mr Hope-Bell was chief financial officer for Smart Solutions, where he will now return to his previous role there of chairman.

Mr Hope-Bell succeeds Veezu co-founder Paul Ragan who, following his decision to step down, will remain a substantial shareholder in Veezu and will be staying on Veezu’s Board as a non-executive director.

Mr Hope-Bell will execute on Veezu’s ambitious organic and acquisition led strategy following four years of sustained growth.

“I’ve worked with Veezu from the beginning and am proud to have always taken an active role in this exciting company’s growth and development,” said Mr Hope-Bell, who grew up near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire and currently lives in Hampshire with his wife and four children.

“I’m well-versed in the ambitions of the company and have witnessed first-hand the hard work Paul has put in during the past four years to grow the business to the enviable position it is now in.”

Veezu was formed in 2013 by entrepreneurs Mr Ragan and Mr Nathan Bowles and now operates across three regional hubs in south Wales, Leeds and the Midlands, transporting around 22 million passengers each year.

The company owns Dragon Taxis in south Wales, which operates in Bridgend, Cardiff and Newport, as well as Leeds-based Amber Cars and A2B Radio Cars in Solihull and Birmingham.

Aware of changes in the UK taxi market, Veezu has invested more than £1 million in developing a state-of-the-art “three-tap” mobile app that customers can use to book taxis, store their favourite pick-up locations and create individual accounts that can be paid by cash or card.

A regular in Wales’ FastGrowth 50 league tables, Veezu was named the Fastest Growing Firm in Consumer Services in 2016, as well as the third fastest growing company in Wales. Between 2014 and 2015 it increased its turnover from £1 million to £19 million.

“To be charged with leading such an innovative and ambitious company through the next phase of its development is an honour and challenge I’m very much looking forward to,” said Mr Hope-Bell, who graduated from the University of Leeds with a first-class degree in environmental science and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

“This isn’t just about offering people around the UK a first-class taxi service, but also about providing a high-quality, reliable transport solution for the communities we operate in – for consumers young and old, for businesses big and small as well as for Local Authorities and public services such as schools and the NHS.”

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Veezu hires new director to board

A Welsh private hire and taxi group has appointed the former vice-president of global human resources at a multinational manufacturer to its board, as part of a growth strategy to reach a turnover of circa £50 million in the next two years.

Tony Knowles will use his 25 years of experience in human resources and acquisitions to join the other members of the Veezu board as a business support director, where he will help the firm to reach its ambitious growth targets by providing specific advice on IT strategy, Human Resources, Corporate Compliance and improving the efficiency of the business’s operations.

The 52-year-old, from High Cross in Newport, is no stranger to business support and acquisitions. He joins Veezu from semiconductor manufacturer SPTS, where he spent four years as the vice president of global human resources, aiding the acquisition and sale of business divisions in Europe and the US, helping the company achieve human resource and health and safety accreditations and awards.

He also played a role in the acquisition of a German engineering company while working as a director for Zuken Ltd, an electronic software design company, where he managed the integration and relocation of the firms.

Mr Knowles will be the fifth member of the firm’s board, alongside founders Paul Ragan and Nathan Bowles.

Speaking on his appointment, Mr Knowles said: “As one of the fastest growing businesses in Wales, I knew that Veezu would be a great fit for my experience in business growth, and joining its board allows me to take on a new challenge in the thriving private hire sector.

“I’ve worked with a variety of global firms throughout my career, and I’m looking forward to being on the board of a company that has its roots firmly planted in Wales.”

As a post graduate of the University of South Wales, Mr Knowles began his career as a human resources manager for Sanken and quickly established himself within the firm, before joining Standard Chartered Bank and going on to work as a the EU HR director for firms such as  International Rectifier. Despite his international experience he continues to work closely with the Welsh business community as a member of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Industrial Advisory Committee at the University of Wales.

He continued: “I’m looking forward to working closely with the rest of the board to help maintain Veezu’s nationwide growth, which will see it have 5,000 cars by the end of 2018, and ensure that, as a company, we have sustainable policies that provide a foundation on which we can build. The market for growth is certainly out there – the next key task will be finding the best taxi firms for acquisition that match our strategy.”

Veezu owns five taxi firms across the UK and has a combined fleet of over 2,500 cars. This includes Dragon Taxis in Cardiff, Newport and Bridgend, as well as A2B Radio Cars in Solihull and Amber Cars in Leeds. It is one of the leading private hire operators in the UK, with its turnover increasing from £1 million in 2013 to £19 million in 2015. Veezu now moves around 22 million passengers per year.

Its stellar growth has been recognised in the recent Fast Growth 50 awards, where it was named as the Fastest Growing Firm in Consumer Services as well as the third fastest growing company in Wales.

Paul Ragan, chief executive officer of Veezu, added: “Tony has worked on a number of large-scale acquisitions throughout his career and this experience will be invaluable in our mission to lead the UK taxi industry through a period of change and consolidation.

“We have been able to expand our operations to Birmingham and Leeds over the past 12 months but we are already planning further acquisitions that will allow us to establish ourselves across the entire country and reach our target of doubling our fleet by 2018. Our aim is to do this by providing a high-quality service for our users, both over the phone and via our ‘three-tap app’, so that we can be ‘best-in-class’.

“I have every confidence that Tony will be the perfect fit and look forward to working with him on the board as we continue to grow.”

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Taxi texts to help reduce burglaries in Cardiff and Bridgend as rugby season kicks off

As the nation embraces the Autumn Internationals, a new initiative has been launched to help reduce burglaries in Cardiff and Bridgend.

South Wales Police have teamed up with South Wales’s largest taxi company, Dragon Taxis, to reduce burglaries across the two areas.

Now, when a customer’s taxi driver pulls up outside to pick them up, they receive a text message or app notification reminding them to secure doors and windows before they leave their home.

As the nation embraces the Autumn Internationals, a new initiative has been launched to help reduce burglaries in Cardiff and Bridgend.

South Wales Police have teamed up with South Wales’s largest taxi company, Dragon Taxis, to reduce burglaries across the two areas.

Now, when a customer’s taxi driver pulls up outside to pick them up, they receive a text message or app notification reminding them to secure doors and windows before they leave their home.

The initiative – believed to be a first of its kind – has been launched in time for the Autumn Wales rugby internationals, so it is hoped that the timely reminder will reach thousands of customers who are set to use taxis as they head out to enjoy the event.

The new initiative aims to reduce the number of burglaries in Cardiff and Bridgend by simply reducing the number of properties left unsecure, with windows left open or doors unlocked.

Figures show that as many as half of all homes burgled are unattended and have been left unsecure. Burglars, who are often opportunists, will be more tempted by a house that they believe is unsecure as it is an easier target.

South Wales Police Student Liaison officer, Michael Neate, said: “Working with Dragon Taxis can give us access to many hundreds of people throughout Cardiff and the surrounding areas in a single night. If this initiative manages to stop just one burglary, then it would be worth it. Being the victim of a burglary is a traumatic experience which can have a devastating impact on peoples’ lives.”

Customers who book with Dragon Taxis in Cardiff and Bridgend will now receive an automated text message or app notification just as their cab pulls up outside their pick up point, saying: “Wait… Don’t make life easy for burglars. Have you locked up? SWPOLICE’.

Pc Michael Neate, added: “It is an important message delivered at a perfect time, when the customer is invariably rushing to leave the house without thinking about windows and doors – we know it’s often the last thing on somebody’s mind.”

This is the latest safety initiative that the company has undertaken in partnership with South Wales Police. In 2011, Dragon Taxis launched the University Safe Taxi Scheme in which students can book a taxi on account if they have, for example, lost their money or wallet, and drivers claim the fare from the Student Union at a later date.

Ryan Owen, managing director of Dragon Taxis, said: “We transport roughly 100,000 customers in Cardiff and 20,000 customers in Bridgend every week. Whether they have booked through the app or via their mobile, we will be able to send them this important safety message, so you can immediately see the potential benefits of the scheme in terms of the reach it can have.

“We have always been known as the safe taxi company, and are constantly seeking out technology and developments to ensure our customers are safeguarded. This latest initiative with South Wales Police around home security is a natural extension of the University Safe Taxi Scheme.

“If this pilot scheme is successful, we hope we can work with other police forces across the UK to roll it out to the other areas in which we operate.”

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Veezu Scoops Fastest Growing Business in Consumer Services

Private hire operator, Veezu, has been named as the Fastest Growing Firm in Consumer Services as well as the third fastest growing company in Wales.

The stellar growth of the company, founded in 2013 by entrepreneur, Paul Ragan, was recognised in the annual Fast Growth 50 Awards, which are compiled by Professor Dylan Jones Evans OBE, in conjunction with the Western Mail.

Veezu achieved an astounding growth of 905.2% between 2013-2015, which helped to shoot it towards the top of the corporate growth charts in Wales, and bagging the number one spot for the fastest growing consumer business.

The firm, which operates three regional hubs in South Wales, Leeds and the Midlands, has grown through an ambitious process of acquisition and consolidation. Over the course of three years, turnover has grown from £1m to £20 million; staff numbers have leapt from 25 to 235 and vehicle numbers have shot up from 250 to 2,500. Veezu now moves around 22 million passengers per year.

Upon receiving the award, Paul Ragan said: “This is fantastic recognition of the hard work the team has put in over the past three years to propel Veezu into being one of the largest private hire firms in the UK.

“We have grown from small beginnings to become a major force in the private hire industry, and are now better positioned to lead consolidation throughout the UK.

“But we don’t intend to stop here. As long as we continue to perform and maintain the confidence of our funders, I see no reason why we shouldn’t achieve our objective of 5,000 cars by 2018.”

This is the second time that Veezu has graced the Fast Growth 50 charts. It entered for the first time last year, when it was placed at number 37, meaning that it has climbed 34 spaces to its current number three position.

The Fast Growth 50 was established in 1999 by Professor Dylan Jones Evans and is billed as the award that entrepreneurial businesses in Wales aspire to. The 2016 list of fastest growing companies in Wales collectively generated a turnover of nearly £700 million and employed more than 3,000 people.

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Veezu named Corporate Acquirer of the Year 2016

 

Veezu have been named Wales Corporate Acquirer of The Year at the annual Insider Dealmaker Awards held in the Cardiff Marriott Hotel!

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Veezu featured in RBS Content Live Exciting Cities: Cardiff feature

Taking advantage of technology opportunities is Veezu, owner of Dragon Taxis, which has recently developed a £1m ‘three-tap app’ booking service, enabling cashless payments, avoiding the need to call the booking office and creating an automated “favourites” page of previous pick-up locations. “It’s important to cater to the wants and needs of all our customers in today’s mobile-centric world,” says Veezu CEO Paul Ragan. “Traditional methods of booking a taxi are not necessarily the way that all of our customers want to use the service.”

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