Ex-RAF serviceman overcomes PTSD battle to launch Hull's newest taxi firm

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Oct 2017

A former RAF driver has defied the odds and started up his own business.

Neil Ferriby, 35, from Bransholme, served in the RAF for over 12 years before leaving due to his struggle with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Because of his condition, Neil found it hard to get a secure job when he left the RAF in 2013. He has since worked with companies such as Heron before deciding to start up his own taxi firm.

Neil said: “My background was in vehicles but I couldn’t get a secure job. I was basically unemployable.

“I felt so alone and after that it just made sense to create my own company.”

After striking up a friendship with Minibus 8 director, Garry Seddon, 43, the pair went on to create 618 taxis, a joint venture sister company to Minibus 8.

Garry said: “Neil managed to get some funding from the military section of the Chamber of Commerce and invested in 618.

“Minibus 8 looks after airport runs and 618 offers a taxi service to the people of Bransholme, Sutton Park and Kingswood. Obviously, we need to promote it a little bit more to the people in the surrounding areas.

“Like anything, success doesn’t happen overnight.”

Neil says the new business venture has given him a "new lease of life", along with his voluntary work with Combat Stress, who work to support former servicemen.

He said: “I feel great now. I’ve been given the chance to start up a business and it’s easy to see the potential.

"This has given me a new lease of life and I feel more confident.

“We have a few taxi drivers working locally and 618 will work alongside Minibus 8."

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