New owners for Kime’s

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THE long-term future of Folkingham-based bus company Kime’s has been assured after it was sold to a bigger firm.

Centrebus, of Leicester, which has been running for ten years and has a fleet of about 400 vehicles, has taken over the firm, which employs more than 30 drivers, cleaners, fitters and office staff and runs routes across the area, including Spalding to Boston.

Staff have been informed that their jobs are safe and passengers reassured that it will be business as usual, with the firm’s buses even continuing to operate in its cream and green livery.

Kimes was established in 1945 by Richard Kime and his son John has been involved since 1970. In 1998 he and his wife took a step back and offered shares to all staff members. Unfortunatelty the managing director died in January, prompting Mr Kime’s decision to sell.

Mr Kime said: “It seemed the sensible decision to attach ourselves to a larger company with all the benefits that brings. It is the end of an era but hopefully it was the best of all worlds and will mean the business continues in the same way as it has done.”