Forging on to bigger things

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Johnsons’ Plaxton Panther-bodied Volvo B11R, YX16NYA, is seen here in Dublin – it’s hard to miss the company’s bold livery. DAVID OAKLEY

Johnsons Coach and Bus may have been established for 109 years, but it’s not going to be standing still anytime soon. Richard, Business Development Manager and a fourth generation Johnson, is determined to keep driving the business forwards so that customers, new and old always get the quality of service they deserve. Angela Youngman talks to him about his emerging career – from canoe instructor to being a big player in the future success of the company

The Johnsons family is well known for regularly winning at the Coach Awards with Coach Operator of the Year, Best Day Excursion Programme, Large Coach Operator of the Year and Coach of the Year trophies all gracing the mantelpiece. 2017 was a particularly exciting year as it marked a unique family double when 80-year-old Joan was named Gold Award Winner in the Unsung Hero category for her 60-year contribution to the business, while her grandson Richard carried on the family tradition being awarded the Gold Award for Young Coach Industry Professional. The judges had singled him out for his passion, enthusiasm and the drive he had shown following his appointment as Assistant Manager at sister company Whittles Coaches. It was an award he never expected. […]

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