Arnie Singh, right: Mehmood Hussein.
Nick Hill

City Taxis gears up expansion plan with new acquisition of Rotherham taxi firm

City Taxis, the Sheffield-based independent taxi firm, has continued its expansion with the acquisition of Rotherham’s Skyline Taxis under its Northern Taxis brand.

Skyline has been operating for nine years and currently runs 35 cars. All call centre staff and drivers will become part of Northern Taxis, which handles around six million journeys a year.

City bought Chesterfield’s Club Taxis in September 2016 and acquired Ace Taxis of Barnsley in July last year, preserving work for drivers and call centre staff jobs.

Arnie Singh, managing director of Northern Taxis Ltd, said: “Continuing the trend of last year, we are pleased to announce another acquisition furthering our services around South Yorkshire by expanding into the Rotherham area from our new headquarters in Greasborough.

“We look forward to offering our services to the people and businesses of Rotherham.

“Customers booking journeys will be able to do so through our user-friendly app, and Rotherham businesses will now be able to open corporate accounts, giving customers access to a modern, efficient, friendly and safe taxi service which makes a huge contribution to the economy and community of South Yorkshire.

“All of our Rotherham drivers will be subject to enhanced DBS checks and will have CCTV in their cabs – reassuring drivers and customers alike, and rebuilding confidence in the private hire sector in the town.

“Rotherham council have welcomed our arrival, recognising that this thriving area of call centres is currently under-served by a taxi service. Skyline have been going for 9 years and this move allows us to expand our customer base from their current 35 cars. All jobs will be protected.”

Mehmood Hussein of Skyline added: “We are pleased to have struck a deal with City Taxis and hope that moving forward our drivers and staff will see a real benefit from working within a much larger organisation.”

The launch and acquisition in Rotherham has been boosted by the announcement of a new partnership deal with Rotherham United Football Club, which will see City Taxis become the Millers’ official taxi partner for the 2017/18 season.

Discussing the partnership deal with The Millers, Steve Coakley, commercial director at Rotherham United, commented: “We are thrilled to add City Taxis to our growing portfolio of commercial partners.”

Paul Gosney, business development manager at City Taxis, added: “We are delighted to be launching in Rotherham and being the official taxi partner to Rotherham United.

“The Millers are a great club and I have personal history having had trials back in 1992 trying to compete with Matt Clarke for the number one spot.”

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