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Stamford new business: Driving Miss Daisy provides specialist transportation and companion services

Driving Miss Daisy empowers people to live more independent lives through specialist transport and the chance to meet people face to face.

Barney Buik, an entrepreneur, was keen to run a business that provided a safe, caring service that supported people’s independence and their ability to live life and stay connected to their community.

So far he has been extremely pleased with the level of interest, which has exceeded his expectations.

Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy

Barney said: “We cover quite a large rural area, with the towns of Grantham, Bourne, Stamford, Uppingham and Oakham, and the rural transport can be quite restrictive so we have been able to assist a large number of clients both in these towns and the surrounding villages."

He added: "We are not a taxi company. We offer far more than that with our 'companion drivers' and wheelchair accessible vehicles.

"Many of our clients have become not just regulars but friends. We undertake regular shopping trips, which allow our clients to not only shop 'offline' but also enabling them to get out, interact and socialise with other people.

“We also assist with trips to hospital or the doctor, often taking notes for family members who cannot be there.”

Enabling people to enjoy social outings and have fun is another aspect of the service provided by Barney and his team.

He said: “A 92-year-old client of ours, a wheelchair user, wanted to go for a shopping trip and lunch in Peterborough to meet up with three friends. She returned home tired, but with a wonderful smile having had a great day!

“An up and coming trip we are really excited about is taking another client to one of the first showings of the Downton Abbey film - she's a huge fan.”

Barney said, “Our motto is‘We’re family when family can’t be there’, and that is exactly who we are – providing a trusted, reliable service to clients and supporting their friends and family.”

To contact Driving Miss Daisy Stamford call: 07464 849 422 or 01780 411463

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