Wellglade was formed in 1986 to buy Derby based bus operator, Trent Buses from the state owned National Bus Company (NBC). It has grown to become the largest independently owned bus group in the UK with a fleet of nearly 500 buses and some 1,500 employees. Of the 72 bus companies in the NBC group only one other is, like Wellglade, still owned by its managers the others having being gradually acquired by larger national and international transport groups.
The Wellglade business is now based at Heanor in Derbyshire, which has been its home since 1996. It is proud to be a local, East Midlands company entirely owned and managed by local people and fiercely independent.
The company has a wide and diverse portfolio of bus operations from commercial local bus services through to local authority contracted services and specialised, escorted community bus operations.
The acquisition of the bus interests of Barton Transport in 1989 paved the way to the formation of trent barton which is now the Group’s largest subsidiary. Wellglade’s other bus operations are Kinchbus based in Loughborough, TM Travel in Sheffield, and Notts+Derby and Door2Door both based in Derby. The Group also owns a specialist cleaning company called Kleanline.