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

Non-Executive Chairman

E: jbell@veezu.co.uk

 

 

Having gained a first class degree, Joel is also a chartered accountant. With a 17 year career in corporate finance including senior roles with UBS, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Joel is also MD and Head of European Business Services team in a mid-market advisory firm.

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Paul Ragan

Chief Executive Officer

T: 07800 574179

E: pragan@veezu.co.uk

 

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

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Martin Chalmers

Chief Operating Officer

T: 07422 079712

E: mchalmers@veezu.co.uk

 

A commercially focused Head of Finance with SME private equity experience and international exposure in a major FTSE 100 Plc. Martin joined the team in 2015, following several successful positions as CFO, to navigate Veezu operationally during this period of planned consolidation and fast-growth.

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Nathan Bowles

Non-Executive Director

E: nbowles@veezu.co.uk

 

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 per annum. Nathan brings a wealth of experience in fast-growth, acquisitions and logistics/operations.

Management Team

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Dean Turner

Technical Development Director

T: 07866 796526

E: dturner@veezu.co.uk

 

An electronic engineering graduate with 25 years experience in communications and IT markets. Before joining Veezu in 2014, Dean led the development team for a revolutionary social payment application in the US.

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Linda Haggett

HR Director

T: 07855 095231

E: lhaggett@veezu.co.uk

 

A senior HR Director, with over 20 years experience. Linda joined the team in 2014 to spearhead the rationalisation, training and compliance requirements for all employees during the period of consolidation.

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Rhodri Evans

Financial Controller

T: 07866 796562

E: revans@veezu.co.uk

 

Having gained a first class degree, Rhodri is a chartered accountant with 10+ years experience in both practice and industry. Rhodri joined Veezu in July 2014 to head up the finance team and to support Veezu’s acquisition strategy.

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Simon Hodgkinson

Consultant

T: 07825 665664

E: shodgkinson@veezu.co.uk

 

Since graduating in 1999, Simon has held several senior operational and technology-based roles throughout his career. With two technology startups under his belt, Simon joined the team in April 2015 to head up group projects.

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Richard Davies

Operations Manager - Veezu Hire

T: 07855 086718

E: rdavies@veezu.co.uk

 

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 head up the Vehicle Hire operation.

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Andy Fleet

Managing Director - Veezu Services

T: 07855 086874

E: afleet@veezu.co.uk

 

Having worked for many years in the banking and insurance sectors, Andy heads up the driver services division including credit hire, weekly hire, insurance and ancillary services for all our drivers.

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 Paul on pragan@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 Andy on afleet@veezu.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

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Veezu named Corporate Acquirer of the Year

Veezu was last night named Corporate Acquirer of the Year at the Insider Dealmakers Awards.

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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.”

Read the full article here

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Can RAGANOMICS win against Uber?

Douglas Friedli looks at Paul Ragan’s plan to consolidate the UK private hire taxi industry, and reckons the serial entrepreneur can beat Uber at its own game? Read More >

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Veezu strengthens operations in Leeds and Birmingham with acquisitions

Fast-expanding private hire group Veezu, has strengthened its operations through the acquisition of two taxi companies in Birmingham and Leeds.

Read our latest Professional Driver article here.

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Veezu unveils new brand for South Wales operations

Fast-expanding private hire operator Veezu has launched a new unified brand identity for its South Wales operations. All the company’s businesses in Cardiff, Newport and Bridgend will operate under the Dragon brand, with a new contemporary logo being introduced to replace previous “character” logos.

Read our latest Professional Driver article here.

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Leeds taxi and private hire firm gears up expansion with A1 Taxis acquisition

Amber Cars, the Leeds-based private hire and taxi company, has acquired A1 Taxis in a five-figure deal.

Following the acquisition, Amber Cars now has a total pool of 860 drivers.

The purchase has been backed by Amber Cars’ parent company, Veezu, and is anticipated to create up to 1,500 extra bookings for the business every week in locations such as Holbeck and Beeston, which are areas of Leeds that Amber hasn’t previously had a strong presence in.

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OUR BUSINESSES

Dragon Cardiff
Dragon Newport
Radio Cabs
A2B Radio Cars
Amber Cars

CONTACT

For further information, please see our contact details below:

Livingstone House
Langstone Business Village
Newport
NP18 2LH
United Kingdom

Email:
info@veezu.co.uk

By phone:
01633 415710