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NEWS: Chalkwell celebrates 90 years in business!

Family Business Place member, Roland Eglinton and his team at Chalkwell are delighted to be celebrating 90 years in business!

Chalkwell was founded in 1931 by Roland's Grandfather, Henry William (Harry) Eglinton - a former chauffeur and motor engineer. Chalkwell’s first footsteps were as a coach hire business on the Isle of Sheppey, operating under the name of Island Luxury Coaches. The first coach was a 26-seater 1929 Gilford 166ST with a Duple body, which cost £800.

Harry's Grandson Roland joined the business at the age of just 13, working part-time at weekends and school holidays. In 2014, Roland returned to Chalkwell, and since then, there have been a number of important developments to ensure that Chalkwell stay on the forefront of the transport industry.

“In these 90 years we have developed services such as tours, day breaks, schools and local bus. That said, we have remained true to his philosophy and we firmly remain a Swale-based, people-driven business with a dedicated staff of drivers, engineers and those who work behind the scenes in our offices.

“The growth and success that we have achieved is thanks to the dedication that so may have brought to Chalkwell over the years and from the kind support of our many customers.” - Roland Eglinton, Managing Director Chalkwell

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