Full steam ahead for 2018 UK Coach Awards

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The prestigious coach industry award scheme presentation has been held in Manchester in recent years

Next year’s awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 11, but venue remains to be confirmed

Plans for the 2018 competition for the UK Coach Awards have been given the green light, with an updated set of categories and other detailed changes. The revised approach follows completion of two months of research and consultation, which concluded with the third annual stakeholders’ meeting on June 15. This will be the tenth annual competition.

UK Coach Awards Chairman, John Gilbert, said: “We are pleased to be able to confirm the go-ahead for the 2018 scheme. We’ve been working hard since the beginning of May to get everybody’s views, using surveys, one-to-one discussions and the stakeholders’ meeting. Whilst there are clearly ways in which we can improve, the widespread endorsement for the work we’re trying to do was very welcome. Our unique approach, focusing on coach operators and their staff, our independent judging process and the benefits of the scheme to the industry as a whole have all been warmly endorsed.”

The awards will remain dedicated to coach operators and their staff in 2018, once more emphasising the categories for the industry’s people – especially those at the sharp end. The three driving awards that recognise the differing skill sets required for touring, express services and education were widely supported and will be maintained for the second year. The categories which look for the organisations and projects that really deliver for the customer will also be maintained.

Nominations will open during July, and the closing date will be at the end of January. Nominations will be sought from coach industry customers throughout the autumn as well, with a closing date of early December. Judging will take place during February, and the announcement of the finalists is expected in early March.

“Our customers demand improved quality both in terms of vehicles and staff,” explained John. “We also work in a highly competitive environment where we have to deliver top level service at competitive prices every time. We cannot meet these demands without good business organisation and excellent staff – and to retain good staff, we need to recognise and reward them. That this is why I believe that the UK Coach Awards have a major part to play – helping to recognise excellence amongst operators, business innovation, managers, staff and operating crews.

“Please start thinking now about who you can put forward for an award in 2018, and encourage your fellow operators to participate. As a previous award winner myself, I know how proud people feel: to be recognised in this way really is a great motivator.”

The Annual Presentation Ceremony will once again be held in the north west of England, taking place on Thursday, May 11, 2018. Further details will be announced next month.