New beginnings for historical name
As the industry gets used to a new name for a historical icon, there has been another change within this traditional market. Andrew Overton, whose
grand-father, founded Mann & Overton in 1899, has decided to retire from
The London Taxi Company after more than 41 years in the taxi trade.
Andrew has held many roles over the years, including Managing Director of Mann & Overton, when the company was owned by Lloyds and Scottish.
He remained an integral part of the business, taking on the role of Sales & Marketing Director, following Manganese Bronze’s acquisition of London Taxis International in 1985.
Latterly he was Market Development Director for LTI Limited, the next incarnation of the recently renamed company, a role that was adapted approximately 7 years ago, allowing Andrew to reduce hours, whilst still
acting in a consultative capacity.
In 2009, he became The Master of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers, an organisation that he intends to remain a part of for
years to come.
Andrew said “I have always enjoyed my roles, whatever it may have been, and in particular I have enjoyed dealing with so many wonderful people within the trade. The taxi trade, whether in London or in the regions, has so many genuine people who want the best for this industry.
“It has been my pleasure to deal with these people over the last 40 years. I will be sorry not to be a part of this any more, but there is a right time in life for everything and I take this opportunity to wish the London Taxi Company and all those who work so hard in this trade a prosperous and successful future.”
Peter Shillcock, Managing Director of The London Taxi Company said: “It really is the end of an era for us all here at The London Taxi Company. Andrew has been such an important and passionate advocate for taxis, and is known across the UK for his expertise and knowledge.
“He will be sorely missed. We wish him a wonderful retirement and thank him for his contributions to the institution that is now The London Taxi Company over the past four decades.”