UK Coach Awards 2020 Finalists announced

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megabus are up for five awards, including Brand Refresh. RICHARD SHARMAN

Top industry professionals and companies are to be recognised at the UK Coach Awards 2020 this April

The finalists shortlisted for the UK Coach Awards 2020 have been announced, marking the best of the UK Coach Industry. The winners are due to be announced during the ceremony to be held at Viva Blackpool on 30 April. The award shortlists are:

Coach Industry Professional
Mike Mitchell, Belle Vue Manchester
Tim Southby, Heathside Travel
Mark Venables, megabus
Andrew Church, Peter Godward Coaches
Naveed Nazar, Sprinters Travel
Lee Skinner, Stagecoach East Scotland

Customer Service and Support Staff Award
Network Control Centre team, National Express
Paul & Carolyn Pendleton, Skills Group
Park & Ride Supervisor Team, Stagecoach East Scotland

Coach Travel Programme – Domestic (sponsored by CBW and Group Travel World)
Domestic travel programme, Alfa Travel
Domestic travel programme, Ellen Smith Tours
Domestic travel programme, Gardiners NMC
UK and Continental Holidays by Coach, Air, Ocean & River Cruise, Kirbys Coaches
Coach Holidays & Excursions, Laver Holidays
Coach Holiday Adventures Throughout Britain and Europe, Skills Holidays

Coach Travel Programme – European (sponsored by Eurotunnel Le Shuttle)
UK and Continental Holidays by Coach, Air, Ocean & River Cruise, Kirbys Coaches
EU Skills Continental Programme, Skills Group
UK & Continental Coach Holidays & Day Excursions, Woods Travel

Engineer of the Year (sponsored by IRTE)
To be announced at the ceremony on 30 April 2020

Marketing Excellence
Belle Vue Manchester
Brand refresh, megabus
Six cities every 60 minutes, Scottish Citylink Coaches
#lovemybus, Stagecoach West Scotland
Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland

Making Coaches a Better Choice sponsored by Heathrow
Bury Market
Seat reservations, megabus
#lovemybus, Stagecoach East Scotland

Top Express Operation
M7 & M10 Cwmbran depot, megabus
National Express
900 and AIR, Scottish Citylink Coaches
Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland
Ayrshire Express network, Stagecoach West Scotland

Top Small/Medium Coach Operator sponsored by Volvo & Thomas Hardie Commercials
Alfa Travel
Anthony’s Travel
Heathside Travel
Kirbys Coaches
Woods Travel

Top Large Operator sponsored by PSV Glass & Glazing
Belle Vue Manchester
Edwards Coaches
Horseman Coaches
National Express
Shearings Holidays
The Kings Ferry
York Pullman

Top UK Coach Driver (sponsored by Voyager Credit Alliance Union)
Glyn Harrison, Alfa Travel
Phil Littlehales, Belle Vue Manchester
Kimble (Kim) Cartner, Irving’s Coaches Hire
Brian Davis, Motts Travel
Nathan Wallace, Rennies Coaches
Kevin McMurray, Rennies Coaches
Andrew McDonald, Shearings Holidays

Further awards, with winners to be announced at the ceremony, are:

Services to the Coach Industry (sponsored by Bus and Coach Buyer)

ROSCO Award for Contribution to Safer Driving

Unsung Heroes (sponsored by Backhouse Jones)

UK Coach Operator of the Year (which will be either the winner of the Top Small / Medium Operator or the Top Large Operator)

Young Coach Industry Professional