Blyth taxi firm wins hat-trick of accolades

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Phoenix Taxis, the largest electric and hybrid taxi company in the UK, has won a hat-trick of prizes at three separate award ceremonies in a matter of weeks.

Its managing director, Alex Hurst, 27, was named as young entrepreneur of the year by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The Blyth-based company was also given the accolade for green business of the year at the latest Northumberland Business Awards, and it picked up the prize for best private-hire company at the Professional Driver Quality, Service and Innovation (QSi) Awards.

Alex has more than trebled the company’s turnover from £1.6m to £4.2m since 2011, and his entrepreneurial spirit and achievements were recognised at the first FSB Business Awards for the north east.

He said: “I’m over the moon and very proud to have won these awards.

“We have won a lot of awards over the years, but to win this hat-trick of awards is really very special.

“To be named young entrepreneur of the year is a true honour and privilege.”

Phoenix Taxis’ commitment to sustainability was recognised by the Northumberland Business Awards, dedicated to recognising and rewarding the achievements of the county’s top companies.

Alex said: “In our business, being green isn’t something that is mandatory, but it is something that we feel passionately about and is important to us.

“Being green is about improving the environment, rather than purely business needs.”

“This is just the start for us. We want to be totally electric by 2018.”

Phoenix Taxis, based at Albion Retail Park, has been serving the region for over 30 years and now runs a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, up from 80 in 2010.