A brand new commuting service for aviation staff who work at Gatwick airport is set to launch this September.
CrewFlyer is the brainchild of Adam Miller who previously worked as crew for British Airways but has worked in the aviation industry for over 18 years.
The concept is very simple. Staff are able to buy tickets for a unique minibus service that picks them up from outside the staff reporting centres and transports them directly to one of three destinations in Brighton; Preston Park, Patcham and Pool Valley Coach House.
Onboard every minibus there are complimentary hot drinks and a free Wi-fi service allowing passengers to relax and catchup with any social or work related affairs on mobile devices.
The service is also 24hrs and for anyone purchasing a 3 month or more season ticket then there will always be a guaranteed seat. What’s more, as Adam points out, they won’t go on strike.
Adam came up with the idea about 5 years ago but it wasn’t until a chance conversation with his fellow director Grant Shaw, who used to work for the local authority, that the idea came to life and both men gave up their jobs to concentrate on CrewFlyer.
With the idea formulated and planned the next problem for Adam and Grant was arranging the transport.
“I had been using my local Vauxhall garage for a long time and had built up a friendship with their Business Development Consultant Lisa Stevens. I showed Lisa a power point of the business pan and she was so impressed that she was able to put together a proposal that we just could not have got from anyone else.”
The arrangement with Go Vauxhall will see the firm start with two Vauxhall Movano Minibuses each capable of transporting 16 passengers but will numerous configurations possible. A third bus is already ordered and Adam hopes to increase that number to 5 within months.
Lisa Stevens, Group Business Development Consultant at Go Vauxhall explained:
“Adam is a long standing customer of ours having purchased many cars over the years. His family were introduced to the Vauxhall brand as well, enjoying a coffee and a friendly chat when popping in to the aftersales department.
Adam has been a marvellous advocate introducing the Vauxhall range to his work colleagues at British Airways and with this new venture CrewFlyer, he gave us the chance to supply two all singing, dancing Movano Minibuses.”
CrewFlyers’ ability to pick up from the staff centres means that already their passengers are cutting 15 minutes off their travel time as they don’t have to make their way over to the bus stops or the train station.
What’s more, Gatwick themselves have been incredibly receptive to the concept and have given help to Adam and Grant.
With an initial launch of a service to and from Brighton, the guys are looking at expanding to other areas shortly afterwards with Croydon a very real possibility.
Initial prices for the service are:
1 Month £160
3 Month £480*
6 Month £930*
9 Month £1350*
12 Month £1740*
*Include seat guarantee
If you would like more information on CrewFlyer, goto their website by clicking here.
AMAZING! Exclusive photos & interviews with Gatwick Diamond winners
An exclusive from CN24 shows photos of all the night’s winners as well as interviews as they collected their awards.
In an exclusive from CN24, we caught up with winners as they came off the stage to collect their awards.
The Business Award Winners are those businesses or people who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work, and have demonstrated a real commitment to this world-class region.
The Winners were unveiled at the 10th Anniversary of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards at the Effingham Park Hotel, on 15th March, 2018.
The Headline Sponsors are B&CE, the Peoples Pension; Extech.co.uk; Gatwick Airport Ltd and NatWest. The Evening started with a Pre-Dinner Reception, and the evening rounded off with the now highly anticipated After-Show Party.
The winners in each category were:
Green Business of the Year – sponsored by Crawley Borough Council
- Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Responsible Business of the Year – sponsored by University of Sussex School of Business, Management & Economics
- Cleankill Pest Control
International Business of the Year – sponsored by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative
- Acro Aircraft Seating
The Award for Customer Delight – sponsored by Thakeham Group
- Gatwick Recruitment and Training Ltd T/A Driver Hire Gatwick
Employer of the Year – sponsored by Search Consultancy
- Assurity Consulting
The Award for Developing People for Business Success – sponsored by Crawley College
- Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
The Award for Supply Chain Excellence – sponsored by University of Brighton
- PVL UK Ltd
Manufacturing Business of the Year – sponsored by asblaw LLP
- PVL UK Ltd
Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- Robert Wiles, Cloud9 Insight
New Business of the Year – sponsored by Basepoint Business Centres
- Growth by Design
Business Person of the Year – sponsored by KPMG
- Rob Pierre, Jellyfish Group Ltd
Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover) – sponsored by Platinum Publishing Group
- Juno Wealth Management Ltd
Business of the Year (Over £1m Turnover) – sponsored by NatWest
- MHA Carpenter Box
Business of the Decade – sponsored by NatWest
The Awards were presented by the award-winning comedy legend, star of stage and screen and more recently, a popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, Brian Conley at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards Dinner, on the 15th March, 2018.
From Gatwick Diamond we managed to catch up with Chairman Anya Ledwith:
We also spoke to the General manager of the Copthorne Hotel hosting the event Bharat Rai:
This year one of the headline sponsors was an SME, Extech. We spoke to their MD Andrew Hookway:
Another main sponsor was Gatwick Airport. We caught up with Alison Addy Head of Community Engagement:
Another major supporter of the awards is Richard Place Dobson, we spoke to Matthew Tyson:
We also managed to speak to Ana Christie, Chief Executive for the Sussex Chamber of Commerce.
A brief history of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards – 2009-17 https://t.co/HK27YHR9SN
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