The South West’s minibus specialists

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Two of South West Minibuses’ most recent additions to the fleet are pictured at the depot. RICHARD SHARMAN

South West Minibuses is a well-known independent operator that knows the minibus market inside out. Richard Sharman visited its Bristol depot to find how this success story came about and what the future holds

The coach and bus industry has many operators that offer a full range of vehicle sizes for private hire, but for Jay and his two brothers, Sham and Nav, the minibus is king. South West Minibuses was formed in 2005 with one Ford Transit. 15 years on and the company now operates 28 minibuses of varying sizes to cater for all private hire needs.

From humble beginnings
“I started South West Minibuses from scratch, but for me and my two brothers, Sham and Nav, buses are in the blood. My father used to own a coach company called Amber Coaches, along with nine taxi companies during his career in transport,” said Managing Director Jay Raja.

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