By Ian McConnell

THE chief executive of Scottish chauffeur drive company Little’s yesterday flagged a pick-up in bookings internationally but noted recovery will be a slow process, as the firm unveiled an investment in ozone sanitation technology in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The company’s domestic fleet of 40-plus luxury vehicles will now be cleaned using two new ozone generators, installed at its Scottish bases in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Little’s noted that Glasgow-based car sanitation specialist Supagard has supplied it with the new equipment – noting its ability “to safely disinfect and remove dangerous airborne particles from indoor environments”.

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Heather Matthews, chief executive of Glasgow-based Little’s, said: “Thankfully we are starting to see the seeds of recovery as lockdown eases, with bookings picking up internationally and in certain business sectors. We acknowledge that this will be a slow process and that some sectors will recover faster than others, but we’ll continue to be led by a deep understanding of clients and the sector to drive the recovery process.’

Little’s manages global hires through a network of associates.

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A spokeswoman said these associates would have “similar levels of sanitation”.

She added: "Little's has reviewed all its associates to ensure they have a similar standard in place - some will use ozone, others use different measures, often dictated by the country they operate in."

The spokeswoman noted bookings in France were picking up for corporate clients.

She cited bookings in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Australia, Singapore and Thailand for driving patients participating in clinical trials.