May 2021 – A full house for breakfast and the AGM
We were fully booked for the May breakfast, which featured Mike Drain of Superb Travel Suffolk in the 10-minute slot.
The breakfast was immediately followed by the AGM, in which chairman Allan Scott stood down and members elected Colin Tapscott as the new chair. Kate Kelly, our Treasurer, signalled that she would also like to stand down. Both will continue to attend committee meetings during a transition period.
Keely Taylor was re-elected as secretary.
New committee members have been added. They are Liz Rix, Sarah Manning, and Tracey Gaught.
If you want to find out more about some of our members, do check out the Member Spotlight page. Bear in mind that we do one a month, so there’s an ongoing list of people to add!
Could I? Would I? Should I? – Mike Drain
Mike founded Superb in 2006 initially with one 8-seater minibus. He and his brother Peter are the main drivers for the business, which gradually transitioned to smaller cars as it became clear that people were generally requesting bookings for 2-4 people.
Instead of the minibus Superb now has two cars, one of which is a specially-adapted vehicle to cater for a wheelchair user as well as four passengers.
He explained that the business is heavily regulated with annual checks on the meters, the vehicle’s insurance, and DBS checks on the drivers every three years.
Bookings range from airport and ferry terminal transfers to local trips and days out as well as getting people to routine appointments, school runs, and even the supermarket.
In answer to the three questions that were the title of his presentation, he said that in most cases, yes they can as long as customers did not need more than four people to be transported.
Would you use them? Generally, it avoids additional parking costs at airports and terminals while on holiday, and also passengers have help on hand with baggage and check-ins from Mike or Peter if needed.
Should you? Most of the time therefore the answer is yes, but just occasionally it makes more sense to avoid expensive airport drop-off charges and perhaps stay in a hotel overnight.
Finally, he said, his title questions also applied to aspects of his business, where he outsources some work to others rather than try to do it all himself, in particular, design work to Darren Guiheen of DL Design Associates and monthly blog writing and website content to Alison Withers of multimediareputations.com. Great to see his support of our Chamber members.
For the future
While there is, at last, a cautious timetable for easing lockdown, monthly meetings (for the time being) will continue to be via Zoom. Once you have booked you will receive an email in advance of the session giving you the log-in details and passwords.
Chairman Colin Tapscott is always happy to receive any suggestions for what members want to see the Chamber doing in the future. Please send your ideas (and your wish lists) to [email protected].
Dates for your diary:
|June Coffee||June Breakfast|
|Online with Zoom||Online via Zoom|
|Friday, June 4||Friday, June 18|
|10.00am||NEW TIME 8.00am|
For more information contact Keely Taylor
phone: 01449 770965 e-mail: [email protected]
Anyone who has a story to publicise should contact publicity officer Alison Withers: [email protected]