‘Now, this is what I call coach friendly’

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The spacious coach park is only a few yards from the main entrance to Sanders Garden World. ALAN PAYLING

Alan Payling visits Sanders Garden World just off the M5 in Somerset, a garden centre that knows how to look after visiting coach parties – and wants to help those in the coach trade get more business

It’s a real pleasure to meet someone who wants to look after the coach trade; someone that knows how to do it; someone that realises how valuable coach parties are to their business and is so tuned into the opportunities that make themselves apparent that they could be called not just coach friendly, but a partner of the industry. In that latter respect, the person I’m talking about will not only look after everyone who rolls up in a coach, but will consider partnership deals with an operator who has an equal amount of imagination, a flexible attitude and the ability to see opportunities that are actually staring everyone in the face. […]

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