A Bit of History
Much has changed over the last 24 years and Mercury Taxis are no exception to this.
Sheffield city is now less industrial and more cosmopolitan, and is the regular home to over 60,000 students.
- A gallon of four star petrol, that’s about four and a half litres, cost £1.67
- The English pound note ceased to be legal tender
- It was announced that the 1994 'Soccer' World Cup would be held in the USA
- Ben Johnson won the Olympic 100m gold medal & was disqualified for taking drugs
- The popular films at the time were Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit & Die Hard
- Some of the popular bands/artists were Erasure, Kylie Minogue, U2, Bros & Enya
- and Mercury Taxis Sheffield began.
Mercury started life in 1988 on Barber Crescent, in a modest static caravan, and had just a single vehicle! A LADA RIVA as seen in the picture.
In the first 3 years, the response from customers and requests for drivers grew moderately and we saw fit for a move to a bigger and better office up the road on Commonside. Within 12 more months demand continued to grow and so we relocated again, this time to a large converted office building on Crookes, right at the top of the Bolehills where we remain to this day.
In 24 years, as a family business, we have grown from our humble beginnings with one car, a caravan for an office and an old 2-way voice radio, to a company that operates using over 400 vehicles, has over 800 accounts with local, national and international companies. We now transport over 3.2 million passengers per year. All of this is organised from our fully-equipped data despatch system in our call-centre.
We operate 24/7/365, and our 50 staff ensure that WE NEVER CLOSE!