Having formerly run his businesses, including Limo Broker, Coach Broker and Cars for Stars, from a rented site in Cardiff Bay, Tej has acquired new purpose-built premises in Regents Court on Nettleford Road with a financial support package from NatWest. The Group saw significant growth of 75% in 2010, as well as a rating of #30 in the 2011 Fast Growth 50.
At just 31 and trading as the Transport Broker Group, Tej has an impressively enterprising record under his belt, having started out as a motor insurance broker, selling insurance products on behalf of the UK’s largest providers. Setting up his own brokerage aged just 24, he took advantage of other providers’ reliance on traditional advertising such as the Yellow Pages and exploited opportunities to develop his business through web optimisation.
Taking a lead from his father and uncle, both of whom have been very successful in business, Tej has now established several transport brokerage businesses, as well as taking on a number of Domino’s Pizza franchises in the south Wales valleys in 2011. His Domino’s franchise in Tonypandy was one of the first Welsh businesses to take advantage of NatWest’s low-fee franchise fund launched last year.
Limo Broker now provides chauffeur-driven vehicles and limousines from luxury brands including Porsche, Ferrari, Range Rover, Hummer and Rolls Royce. Combined with its sister companies Coach Broker and Cars For Stars, the Group works as an agent for over 500 transport hire websites and arranges over 15,000 journeys every year. The Group employs over 30 staff at its customer contact centre, which has relocated to Ocean Way. During peak season the team handles around 1,600 enquires per day.
Tej said: “The premises in Cardiff Bay were ideal while the business started to grow but now we need more space so we can increase our headcount and create some local jobs. I am very hopeful that with our current level of growth we can create between 50-80 jobs within the next 18 months. While I’m keeping a very close eye on my existing businesses, I am always on the lookout for fresh opportunities. For example, I am looking at bringing in other forms of transport to give customers more choice, such as private jet and helicopter hire. There is also scope for traditional modes of transport like horse and carriage for weddings and so on as there is a huge market for this and very few providers. The key to my business is having a huge network of providers and putting people in touch quickly.”
With reference to the Group’s workforce, Tej added “As a company, we are dedicated to supporting and developing our employees with on-going training, fantastic incentives and career development opportunities. As testament to our commitment to our employees, we were recently awarded the Gold Award by the Investors in People, the highest accolade attainable to organisations. Working with Investors in People, we hope to boost the positivity of the workforce further, ensuring the organisation remains a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.”
NatWest senior relationship manager Andrew Parker said: “Tej is fiercely ambitious; working with him on his growth plans for this year alone have clearly demonstrated that. The speed at which his Group is growing speaks for itself and his plans for job creation are entirely realistic. By the end of next year I anticipate he will have significantly increased his workforce and created a sizeable number of local jobs in Cardiff.”