Dan Brown started Dans Luxury Travel in 1974, working from home with just one minibus which he ran himself. The word got around, with schoolwork and nightclubs for the younger generation, and business expanded. Dan Brown now couldn’t cope with just one bus, so he bought a second-hand 12 seater Transit. This only led to further expansion, and the company’s first move to an office in the North Farm area of Loughton.
The fleet of minibuses grew too many for this small depot, so Dan had to look for somewhere a lot bigger if the company was going to expand further. The result was a move to the Royal Forest Coach House in Chingford.
At this point Dans Luxury Travel employed three members of staff, who are still here today, along with three fitters to maintain the vehicles. These were, however, all little Transits so Dan thought he would try out a 16 seater Mercedes. This was a success, and let him run school trips and day trips to France.
It turned out that the bigger the vehicle the more busy it got, so Dan then invested in two 29 seaters. He also had a good variety of drivers who looked after the coaches, which helped a lot.
As time went on more vehicles were bought, so Dans Luxury Travel now has over fifty coaches on the road from 18 seat executive minibuses, up to brand new73 seater coaches. To accommodate these coaches and of course the growing number of staff, the company has made its latest move to a depot, still called Royal Forest Coach House, in Maybank Road, South Woodford, just off the North Circular Road.
The company has now developed onto a second generation. Dans son Nick Brown began cleaning the coaches at the age of twelve in the offices on school holidays. He then went onto passing his coach test at the age of eighteen, making him the youngest in England to drive a coach at that time! 2013 was a game changing year for Dans Luxury Travel as they bought out West’s Coaches who offer a wide range of tours and excursions. Since 1949, West’s Coaches have been trading and are a huge name in Central, North and East London, West Essex and Herts. 2013 was also the year that Dan handed Nick the reins, it is now his role to follow in his dads footsteps and drive both businesses into the next decade.
West’s Coaches are currently one of the largest operators of school transport in this region