Family firm offers luxury car service
FAMILY firm Chestfield cars is really taking off.
The company, which carries up to 40 passengers a day to airports, has celebrated its 20th year by opening its first shop in Mortimer Street, Herne Bay.
Boss Andy Blagden runs it with his wife Claire, Andy's brother-in-law Darren Cane and a team of 16 drivers.
Andy and Claire took over the company from Claire's dad John Grover five years ago.
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Andy, 40, said: "John started the business in 1989 and got it established and still drives for us part-time. It's great to keep it in the family."
The team ferry business professionals, university lecturers, students and holiday-makers to all of London's airports and often get called on to take customers to the O2 Arena and West End restaurants.
Andy said: "It is more like having your own chauffeur service than a taxi. All our cars and drivers are smart.
"We have done work for the BBC, members of Roxy Music and have taken children of well-known people to school in London. But confidentiality is important so I won't drop any more names."
He added: "We still do a lot of work for pharmaceutical Pfizers in Sandwich. We take real pride in the attention we give. If flights are delayed or diverted to, say, Manchester, we go out of our way to ensure we still have a driver waiting at, say, the London coach station."
He said: "Although we had an office before, this is the first time we have had a shop-front. It is like a fresh start. It is amazing how many new customers have walked in off the street."
His son Danny, 18, is training to be a plumber at Canterbury College and Jessica, 13, is a pupil at Herne Bay High School.
Andy said: "They both come into the office and work part-time at weekends, They can learn a lot from helping out with the administrative side of things."