Webbs of Armscote buys back its first new coach

Family-owned haulage and coach-hire company, Webbs of Armscote, Warwickshire, has bought back the first new coach it ever owned, with financial support from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

The firm was formed in 1920, initially making deliveries by horse and cart before moving into haulage and coach hire.

In April 1950, founder Richard Stephen Webb bought the Bedford OB Duple 29-seater through Bedford agents, HE Goodall & Sons, of High Street, Evesham. It stayed with the company until June 1964.

The coach, fully refurbished in 2012, was put up for sale earlier this year, after being used on Guernsey.

It will be used by Webbs for a selection of new services, including classic tours of the Cotswolds, private hire and weddings.

Says Director Derek Webb: “As a small, family-run business, we’re immensely proud of our 95-year history, so to reacquire this vehicle which my father drove 65 years ago means a great deal to me.

“My uncle, Tip Webb, is celebrating his 90th birthday, and it was great to collect the coach alongside him as it returned to the business.”

Roger Scott, Senior Manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, says: “As a fourth-generation family business, Webbs is a great example of how well-run small enterprises can thrive.

“This coach forms an important part of its business plan and we look forward to seeing it on the road.”