Ex-cabbie gets into gear for business revamp

OVERHAUL COMING  ... the Fastfit Motorcentre at the Simonside Industrial Estate
OVERHAUL COMING ... the Fastfit Motorcentre at the Simonside Industrial Estate

A MOTOR business is getting into gear for the future with a £40,000 makeover.

Ian Tate recently took over as owner of Fastfit Motor Centre, at Simonside Industrial Estate, South Shields.

The former owner of Dial-A-Cab in Laygate, South Shields, Mr Tate, 52, decided to sell up and move into a new line of business.

He said: “I started Dial-A-Cab with just one car in 2003 and built the business up to a fleet of 100 cars.

“But I wanted to move into another line of business and the chance to acquire Fastfit came up.

“I’ve always loved cars and my son, Ian, shares my passion. After buying the business, I’m investing £40,000 in refurbishing the premises.

“We already employ eight people and plan to take on more staff in the near future.”

Based just off Shaftesbury Avenue, near the Tesco store at Simonside, Fastfit has built up a solid business reputation over more than 30 years.

Sadly, Malcolm Wood, 69, Fastfit’s previous owner, died suddenly of a heart attack, just three days after retiring.

Mr Tate said he is retaining the old company name and plans to build on the solid business foundation left by Mr Wood.

“We offer a range of services, from MoTs at very reasonable rates to repairs and second-hand car sales.

“The old business had been established for 33 years and we plan to grow from the very good business Malcolm created.

“But it was very sad the way Malcolm died, just days after retiring.

“I’m advertising for new people already and my aim is to build up Fastfit over the next year or two,” Mr Tate added..

Fastfit Motor Centre is open Monday to Friday, from 8.30am until 5pm.

Call 427 1000 for more details.

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