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carriage trade

The best customers. Restaurants, stores, and other establishments were especially pleased to serve wealthy customers who arrived and departed in their own private horse and carriage, as distinguished from people who came and went by foot or public transportation. It was the purchasing power of the carriage trade that produced a reaction from the establishment's personnel that was solicitous to the point of obsequiousness.
See also: carriage, trade
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In a report to councillors, the council's head of regulatory services Dave Holland said the hackney carriage trade incurs more cost to the authority than private hire, such as higher enforcement costs and the supervision of ranks.
It was at Mr Bashir's request that the mayor became personally involved in matters relating to the borough's taxi trade - particularly in trying to resolve a row between Boro Cars and the local hackney carriage trade over access to Morrisons at Berwick Hills.
OUR taxi association was established in 1981 and has been at the forefront of improving the hackney carriage trade since inception.
The training scheme was developed after cabinet members, as part of a five year plan to improve standards in the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage trade, recommended that licensed drivers should receive training in customer care and disability awareness.
THE Newcastle Upon Tyne licensed Hackney Carriage trade is in a similar position to many providers of public transport and road users in other businesses.
Members of the Tyneside Hackney Carriage trade could therefore seek to pursue their challenge to this council's policies through those proceedings.
It is certainly no big secret that Lord & Taylor, under May's all-encompassing, all-suffocating merchandising matrix system, became a mere shadow of its former carriage trade heyday.
The Hackney carriage trade receives not a single penny in subsidy from any source and is completely self funding.
Driver and unofficial hackney carriage trade representative of the TGWU, Mark Royden, 32, from Birkenhead, asked the High Court in London yesterday for permission to mount a full judicial review challenge.
airports may be scenes of continued discrimination; of carriage trade fliers paying smaller personal prices for threats of terror; and of financially jeopardized airlines telling federalized workers they must take better care of passengers who pay more to fly - or fly more often - than the rest of us.
And another is the "massification" of first class travel and carriage trade stores.
This seems to me likely to affect some of the mid-range stores more than the discounters or those involved in the carriage trade.
Joe Durkin, chairman of the Hackney Carriage Association, said hackney carriage drivers got on well with private hire cabbies, but added: "There is tension between the hackney carriage trade and Boro Cars.
Her "street of shops" idea propelled Henri Bendel from a sleepy carriage trade emporium into a lively specialty store selling everything that was new and innovative.
But private hire firms claimed the test was a 'back door' method of deterring potential private hire drivers at the behest of the hackney carriage trade, which has council-imposed restrictions on numbers.