Since our establishment in 2007 EcoCabs have attracted lots of attention with our green policies and professional service. Please find below a selection of press articles:
Hexham Courant 28/11/08 ‘Young Business Award’
At the age of 21, Matthew Kirkby had an idea to build up a fleet of taxis run on bio diesel. Two years down the road, EcoCabs is a thriving business with its liveried cars offering a friendly and reliable service, with an environmentally friendly dimension. High profile clients include Egger; Slaley Hall and Specials Laboratory. Matthew intends to continue the growth of EcoCabs in the future, and is looking at franchising the business nationwide.
The Journal 8/3/2007 ‘Cab’s a fare bit greener’
Going green in a taxi usually means you’ve had too much to drink. But if you take a ride with EcoCabs they will not only get you where you need to go, but you will also be doing your bit for the environment.
The Hexham company’s environmentally friendly cabs are believed to be the first in the North East to be fuelled by bio diesel, which uses rapeseed oil to reduce net carbon dioxide emissions. Entrepreneur Matthew Kirkby 21, came up with the idea after his brother Michael got him thinking about the need to combat climate change.
The businessman, of Hallgate, Hexham, who started out selling cars for his father, then moved into the import and export industry, said he hoped more companies would follow his example. The former Queen Elizabeth High School pupil said “We have only been trading for about a month but its going really well. The public are becoming more and more aware of us and we have already won some high-profile contracts including Hexham’s biggest employer, Egger”
He said “I have always been conscious of the environment, but it was my older brother Michael who really got me thinking green. He went to university in Ireland, where they are a bit ahead of us in doing there bit for the environment, and when he came back he converted the whole family, including me. Now we recycle everything and are always thinking of ways to become more environmentally friendly. For instance, all the rapeseed oil we use has already been recycled.”
EcoCabs have three cars, silver Volkswagen Passats, but hope to add two more and Matthew said “We hope to expand quite quickly and would love to turn the idea into a nationwide franchise. There are about 3,000 taxis in the North-East, but just think of what we could do to help the environment if they converted their cars and came under our umbrella? Adapting cars to run on bio diesel isn’t as difficult or costly as most people imagine. Its just a matter of changing the fuel filters, so the car will run on plant based oil. We plan to create a page with free information. We’re also using recycled stationary and business cards and hope it will encourage others to do the same.
The Chronicle 8/3/2007 ‘Green Cabs’
A Taxi company is going green with a new carbon busting fuel system. Taking a ride with EcoCabs will not only get you to your destination, but you’ll be doing your bit for the environment at the same time. The Hexham company’s cabs are believed to be the first in the region to be fuelled by bio diesel, which uses rapeseed oil to reduce net carbon dioxide emissions. Climate conscious Matthew Kirkby, 21, of Hallgate, Hexham, had the idea after his brother got him into thinking about the need to protect the environment. He said “We have only been trading for about a month, but its going really well. The public are becoming more and more aware of us and we have already won some high profile contracts, including Hexhams biggest employer, Egger.”
The Hexham Courant 23/2/2007 ’The eco-friendly taxi firm’
Hexham’s Matthew Kirkby has found a unique way to run a business without adding to the global warming crisis.
The 21 year old entrepreneur has started up taxi company EcoCabs, with each of his three cars running on environmentally friendly bio diesel.
Bio diesel is a diesel like fuel refined from vegetable oil and mixed with the usual mineral fuel, thus cutting carbon emissions. And Matthews slogan “taxis, powered by plants” sums up his company perfectly.
His idea for the environmentally friendly taxi business stemmed from a phone number.
“About a year ago, I acquired the memorable and easy to remember phone number, 600600.” he says. “Never one to miss an opportunity, a drew up a list of what I could do with it, and a taxi company was top of the list. Hexham and its surrounding area is well served by taxis, so I opted to concentrate on a private hire link between Hexham and Newcastle.”
Because of the proposed link, Matthew began researching economic and environmentally friendly ways to run his business.
He said “I researched the idea of using bio diesel to reduce carbon emissions. This is vegetable based and as it does not add any carbon into the atmosphere, it does not add to the global warming crisis. Global warming is an issue I have become quite aware of, and feel the problems and causes are things we should all look to adjust and change.”
Bio diesel has a synthetic additive which absorbs carbon, resulting in cleaner engine emissions and improving performance. Although a large bio diesel plant is currently being developed in Tees Valley, Matthew, who runs EcoCabs from Hallgate, has established a link with a local supplier.
He said “ There are lots of pros to doing this. All I had to do was change the fuel filters in the cars. The cars are more efficient, last longer and are environmentally friendly. I buy the bio fuel in 1,000 litre tankers and I have my own petrol pump. I would encourage other people to go for this type of fuel, and I’ll be doing all that I can to promote it so that other people do their bit for the environment.”
This is the first time that Matthew has owned a taxi company and been a taxi driver, and so far he is enjoying the experience. “Its really good fun and I am enjoying it more than I thought I would.”