A Wiltshire taxi firm started by two childhood friends has rapidly expanded after a successful first year in business.

A2B Taxis Devizes was set up by Potterne locals Wayne House and Carl Gale in January last year and is now celebrating an “unreal” first 12 months.

During the first months of the business, the pair were on their own with just one taxi, but they now have a team of five full-time drivers, two part-time drivers, and seven vehicles on their books.

Mr House said: “It’s going really well, it’s been an interesting first year and we’ve added new vehicles and taken people on.

“To do what we’ve done in the space of a year is a rapid expansion so we’re really happy, in any industry you have challenges and hurdles, but we’ve gotten over them.

“People seem to enjoy using us, we’re a team who don’t take things too seriously and we like to cheer people up in the car which helps.”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The A2B Taxis fleetThe A2B Taxis fleet (Image: A2B Taxis)

Mr Gale, who has been driving taxis for nine years, agreed the firm’s first year had gone “really well.”

Mr House believes their growth is down to the support of locals for a new independent business.

The 32-year-old added: “We’ve had support from the public and local companies and schools in and around Devizes, that’s been unreal.

“It’s been massive for us, without the backing we’ve had locally we wouldn’t have been able to grow in the way we have.”

While Mr House and Mr Gale took the plunge to go into business together last year, they have known each other since they were children.

“We were childhood friends from when we went to primary school together”, Mr House told this paper last year.

“We both grew up in Potterne so we knew each other and used to play together every day, after school, in the village. We’ve been friends ever since.”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The pair last year with their first taxiThe pair last year with their first taxi (Image: A2B Taxis Devizes)

They decided to team up last January after identifying a need for their service in and around Devizes.

Looking to the future, Mr House told this paper that the pair have their eyes set on more success in 2024.

He added: “It will be more of the same because the ball is rolling in the right direction, but we want to get as big as possible and aren’t going to stop after one year.

“We’re just going to carry on doing the best we can.”