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Chauffeur Monkey up for sale

The Argus: Tony Murrell Tony Murrell

An entrepreneur is looking for a business brain to take on the responsibility of getting drinkers home safely – with the added perk of a drive in a supercar or two thrown in.

Tony Murrell is looking to sell the car service company Chauffeur Monkey, which he founded more than six years ago to help get pub goers and their cars home safely from a night out.

The Lewes-based businessman is looking to sell on his company to someone who can take it to the next level and allow him to focus his entrepreneurial energy on his burgeoning Lewes Supper Club as a semi-retirement project.

Mr Murrell said one of the perks of the job was getting behind the wheel of the cars of his wealthier customers, including top-of-the-range BMWs, Land Rovers and a £210,000 Ferrari Scuderia.

One recent executive client asked the 56-year-old if he could drive his new Mercedes SL 63 AMG so he could use the 500 horsepower supercar at his Cork holiday home.

The business has four mini bikes which chauffeurs drive to meet up with clients, the bikes are then folded up into the boot of the customer’s car and the chauffeur drives the client home.

Mr Murrell said he hoped to sell the business, which has the backing of local police forces and has customers across Sussex and beyond, as a bolt-on to an existing chauffeur or taxi service.

The company, which makes an annual profit of £15,000 from a turnover of £41,000, is available to buy for £25,000.

As a way of easing any new owner into the business, Mr Murrell is offering to give his time free of charge for up to two months to ensure a smooth handover.

He said: “The business is very profitable, more profitable than I thought it would be, but I have not been able to increase the turnover as I was hoping for the effort I have been putting in.

“I am now nearer 60 than 50 and I am too old to get up at 3am to rescue somebody.

“It would be a real shame if it had to fold so it would be great to see somebody take it to another level that I haven’t been able to.”

Mr Murrell said part of the difficulty he had found in reaching new customers was the willingness of Sussex drinkers to take a risk behind the wheel of a car.

He said: “I don’t think that anybody deliberately sets out to drink and drive but people think the likelihood of getting caught is very slim.

“When you are driving somebody home and you go past a traffic police car people do a short intake of breath to say that could have been me getting stopped.”

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11:43am Tue 15 Apr 14

Cgull says...

Only a mug would buy that service.

If you want to work late night weekends dealing with drunks, then drive a cab.

More money in it than the pittance the monkey company make.
Only a mug would buy that service. If you want to work late night weekends dealing with drunks, then drive a cab. More money in it than the pittance the monkey company make. Cgull
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6:00pm Tue 15 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

I don't get it. For somebody to drive a piddly little motorbike at 3 am for a few quid will have to be an Eastern European migrant or a student. Neither of which would I let look at my Merc, let alone drive it.

How does the insurance work?

In the mortal words of Duncan Bannatyne "I'm Ooot"
I don't get it. For somebody to drive a piddly little motorbike at 3 am for a few quid will have to be an Eastern European migrant or a student. Neither of which would I let look at my Merc, let alone drive it. How does the insurance work? In the mortal words of Duncan Bannatyne "I'm Ooot" NathanAdler
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5:22am Wed 16 Apr 14

monkeymoo says...

Why would anyone 'buy' his business?
Surely, they could just set up their own business, doing the same thing, for free (excluding insurance costs)?

Looking to scrape what money he can salvage from a bad business idea, and sinking ship....me thinks!
Why would anyone 'buy' his business? Surely, they could just set up their own business, doing the same thing, for free (excluding insurance costs)? Looking to scrape what money he can salvage from a bad business idea, and sinking ship....me thinks! monkeymoo
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7:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

yeahyeah123 says...

Wow so negative! Why would anyone buy any business? Oh yes thats right the customer base, branding, tools for the trade, already trained staff plus all the hard work and money invested into establishing a business which the new owners will not have to worry about. Think its a great idea, in the meantime lets just hope next time you have an impromptu drink and leave your car overnight it don't get vandalised. Oh and let alone the time wasted collecting your car the next day!
Wow so negative! Why would anyone buy any business? Oh yes thats right the customer base, branding, tools for the trade, already trained staff plus all the hard work and money invested into establishing a business which the new owners will not have to worry about. Think its a great idea, in the meantime lets just hope next time you have an impromptu drink and leave your car overnight it don't get vandalised. Oh and let alone the time wasted collecting your car the next day! yeahyeah123
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