A NOVEL scooter business offering an alternative to taxis has kick-started a flurry of trade just six months after starting up.
Booter Scooter was the brainchild of Brian Adams, of St Thomas Road in Hastings and is the first of its kind in 1066 Country.
The 46-year-old came up with the idea as part of his Foundation Degree in Business with the University of Brighton.
The father-of-eight had gone back into education after being made redundant in 2009 from Marshall Tuflex.
His idea involves a rider going out to the caller on a fold-away mechanical scooter.
Weighing just 40kgs, the tiny machine can be placed into the boot of a car in a leak-proof bag.
The rider then drives the car owner to his destination.
Since lauching last August, the business has taken off with up to 20 call outs every week across Battle, Rye and Hastings.
In the run up to Christmas, Brian was handling 10 call outs a night.
Such is the demand for his service, Brian has bought a third scooter and is looking to employ another rider.
Much of Brian’s work involves picking customers up from pubs and driving them home if they want to leave their car overnight.
He runs the business with his wife Louise from their family home and have been working around the clock to make it a success.
They even sold of their expensive Yamaha R1 and R6 motorbikes to fund the business.
“It’s been getting busier and busier,” said Brian. “We have done really well during the Christmas period.
“I think the anti-drink drive message is getting through.
“The recent floods have made life hard work.
“I was driving down a dark country lane in Bodiam. I hit a deep bit of flooding on the road and the engine cut out.
“Thankfully a lady and her husband drove by and gave me a lift to their house where I waited until my friends could come and pick me up.
“I’ve driven everything from a Porsche Cayenne to a top of the range BMW M3. And we are competitively priced compared to taxis.”
For information visit www.booterscooter.co.uk