Henley-based Johnsons Coaches merges to form 'super group' - The Stratford Observer

Henley-based Johnsons Coaches merges to form 'super group'

IT’S the end of an era at family-run business Johnson’s Coaches in Henley as it merges with other leading providers from across the UK to form a ‘super group’.

As brothers Peter and John Johnson head towards retirement, Johnson’s Coaches, which has been serving the community for over a century, is joining The Coach Travel Group.

It is one of seven market leading businesses joining the group in a bid to create a stronger and more pioneering company. The other coach operators joining are Alpine Travel, Barnes Coaches, Coatham Coaches, JH Coaches, Swans Travel and The Ready Group.

General manager Kyran Flynn said: “Today marks a big step, not just for Johnsons and Whittles Coaches but for our new partners and the UK coach travel industry.

“For our holiday and excursion customers, through cooperation with other member operators in the group, we will be in a position to offer more choice and variety of products and destinations, and even better value for money. For our coach hire customers, by sharing the peak workload with our partners, we’ll be able to ensure that we never have to say no to any customer requests.

“We are now part of a larger group built by coach companies, and we remain committed to maintaining the personal service and attention to detail that have been hallmarks of our family-run business. Our focus on customer satisfaction and community engagement will continue to be our priority.”

With its combined expertise and ambitious plans, including the prospect of future acquisitions, The Coach Travel Group is now seen as the leading provider and employer in the coach travel industry.

Kyran added: “Recognising that Peter and John Johnson are approaching retirement, over the past 18 months we have developed a strong senior management structure consisting of Ashley Brown, head of operations, Andy Leyland, head of finance and Lauren Davies, head of business, sales and marketing, plus myself. This will ensure our business continues to thrive and succeed while still maintaining our strong family values, along with our existing management team.

“Joining The Coach Travel Group will strengthen our business even further by helping to secure a bright future for our staff and to deliver even higher standards to our customers.”

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