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The Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington, Buxton provides a backdrop to a High Peak Optare Solo bound for Ashbourne. MIKE DEAN

Matt Evans is Managing Director of Centrebus, a substantial independently-owned business built up partly through the acquisition of largely tendered bus operations over 18 years. He talks to Andy Izatt about the challenges of running it successfully and profitably within the constraints emposed by the current economic climate

Leicester-based Centrebus employs 524 people and operates 230 buses on local services and contracts primarily in eight counties across a broad swathe of central England. Annual turnover is around £18m with a further £5.6m generated by Centrebus-managed High Peak Buses which is an equal joint venture with Wellglade.[…]

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