Long-established Weston business expands its horizons

Bakers DoplhinOne of the West Country’s oldest holiday businesses is expanding into Cornwall for the first time offering UK and continental coach holidays for local people.

Bakers Dolphin, which was started in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in 1889 is offering a door to door service with free home pick-ups for anyone who lives within 10 miles of Truro, Falmouth, Liskeard or St Austell.

Sales and Marketing Director Amanda Harrington said: “We have a well-established business serving people from Gloucester in the North to Plymouth in the south and we believe it makes sense to offer that same service to people in Cornwall.

“Around 8,000 people a year in Cornwall go on coach tours, mostly to other parts of the UK but many to continental Europe and we want to provide them with a level of service they have not had in the county before.

“We have our Gold Coach travel, which is a luxury service with 50 per cent more legroom than in a conventional coach. We also have the Home Link service picking people up from their homes to take them to coaches, which takes the hassle out of getting to the pick up point and avoids coaches going on long detours to pick extra passengers up.”

Most importantly with the continuing financial failures among travel companies is the fact that Bakers Dolphin is a fully-bonded tour operator and can point to 123 years of business success.

Said Amanda Harrington: “Because we have a loyal customer base that come back again and again we have been able to cope with the economic pressures of rising fuel bills and a tough economy.

“We had a good year last year as we found many people were re-discovering how cost-effective coach tour holidays can be as a way of taking a well-earned break without breaking the bank.”

Bakers Dolphin tours from Cornwall include a 3-day Valentine’s Day trip to Paris, leaving on February 13 for £179; five-day tours of Scotland for as little as £299 and Easter tours to major UK destinations.