It is hard to miss the fleet of smart, bright red coaches of Marchants around town, but, like many businesses, mechanic Roy Marchant founded the Cheltenham family business from small beginnings, with just one bus in 1948.
He started by providing transport for workers, did the school bus run and took sports clubs and groups on local trips (doing all of the driving himself!). A year earlier, another sole trader, solicitor Alec Willans hung up his brass plate in Cheltenham, and shortly after, he acted for Roy Marchant in a case in front of the Western Traffic Commissioners.
Today, Roy Marchant’s sons, Roger and Richard, run this established Gloucestershire company which employs around 75 people spread across two depots and a sales office, and has a fleet of about 38 buses and coaches.
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