Tates Travel is a family owned business with many years experience in the coach, bus and minibus industry.
The business was started in 2003 by Graham Mallinson when he purchased his 1st minibus and started operating airport transfers and evening private hires, in his home village of Stocksbridge, Sheffield.
The business developed further with the introduction of a 2nd minibus and our 1st awarded school contract for Millhouse Green Primary school, where we still operate home-school vehicles to this very day.
The business developed further in 2004 with the introduction of a 48 seater coach and our 1st 70 seater coach which came from Day's Coaches of Rotherham, who were emigrating and leaving the industry. Graham was joined at this time by his now son in law and business partner, Scott Woolley.
Over the years the business has developed through offering good value for money coach hire, mainly to the schools market.
In 2005 Tates Travel made their 1st move into Barnsley, to the premises of B&B Trucks at Dodworth. During this year we were awarded our 1st SYPTE school contract, serving Penistone Grammar School. It was at this point that we also started operating our 1st commercial service route in Barnsley, which was route 18 to Mapplewell.
In 2007 such was the size of the fleet, that we required new premises to operate from, as our coach fleet had increased to 10 vehicles. We then moved to the former Shaw Carpets site in Darton. During this year Tates Travel purchased the good will and contacts of Stanley Gath Coaches from the administrators and now operate vehicles out of Dewsbury and West Yorkshire on a daily basis.
In 2009 Tates Travel were again awarded a large number of SYPTE school contracts, for services around the Barnsley area.
In 2010 once again due to expansion, mainly in the service bus side of the business, we found that we had to move premises again, to our current site on Whaley Road, Barugh Green. This is an 2.5 acre purpose built site with a facility to house 100 vehicles and large modern workshops and offices.
2011 has been another very important year for our company and our expansion. Tates Travel has been awarded a large batch of SYPTE contracts for the next 5 years. These routes expand our services to new areas which include Doncaster, Hillsborough, Stocksbridge, Holmfirth and the Penistone area. Our company now supply 90% of all services into Penistone and the surrounding areas. We have also purchased our first batch of brand new vehicles, which are now in service (YX11 HNT, HNU, HNV & YX61 BXH).
2012 Saw further contract award wins with WYPTE (Metro) this takes our fleet to new areas of West Yorkshire.
2013 We have been awarded further contract wins with the West Yorkshire free contract being awarded to us for a period of four years. This service will be operated using Slimline Optare Solo Buses from our current fleet.
Further expansion is planned by us by diversifying back into coach hire with the purchase of of brand new Kinglong 35 seater coach in August 2013. Three further Kinglong coaches of various specifications are currently on order for delivery this Autumn. We have also placed orders for an initial batch of four Kinglong services buses. These are some of the first to enter bus service work in the UK, this is a change in company policy away from the Alexander Dennis Enviro product.
Tates Travel although still a family business are always looking for possible expansion opportunities in any form of passenger transport and associated industries.
Graham and Scott would wish to thank the following people, with out whose help their business would not have reached the level that it is at now:
Emma Rushforth - Office Manager and Graham's PA.
Mark Wigley - Trevor Wigley and sons.
Ross Newman - EnsignBus.
Geoff Ripley - Geoff Ripley and sons.