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FAT CONTROLLER BIDS FOR AIRPORT TAXIS; Millionaire with crime gang links in running for contract.

Byline: Stephen Stewart

A SUPER-RICH businessman who has been linked to underworld figures is in the running for a big bucks airport taxi contract.

Chunky Stevie Malcolm - dubbed the Fat Controller after building up a string of taxi firms - has been linked to two companies that are vying for the business.

He is a director of Paisley Cab Company and his ex-wife Julie Malcolm ran Barrhead's Compass Cabs.

Both have been shortlisted for the multimillion-pound taxi contract.

A Glasgow Airport spokeswoman said: "We are running a tender for the management of the taxi operations at the airport.

"As part of the tender, the successful operator must comply with the taxi booking office licence, which contains checks undertaken by Renfrewshire Council and Strathclyde Police."

Other firms in the running include Glasgow Airport Taxis, Spyglass and First Taxi.com.

Malcolm, 48, is one of Scotland's wealthiest and most colourful entrepreneurs. He was an associate of feared crime baron Tam "The Licensee" McGraw, who died in 2007, and a former pal of convicted Paisley drug baron Grant Mackintosh.

The dad-of-one has properties throughout Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Perthshire and is a director of a number of taxi firms.

In 2008, he built Scotland's most expensive home at Gleneagles, costing pounds 9million.

In March 2010, the first hearing under new laws to weed out criminals in the taxi trade allowed Compass Cabs - who had shareholder links to McGraw - to keep trading.

East Renfrewshire Council awarded the firm a licence after lawyers argued that a shareholder with criminal associations was no longer connected to the company.

Malcolm was unavailable for comment last night.

But David McCulloch - a co-director of Paisley Cab Company, said: "Mr Malcolm isn't involved in the day-today running of the firm. "He isn't involved in the tendering process as he has other business interests."

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