UK Coach Awards shortlist announced

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Fresh names to join familiar finalists at prestigious industry awards ceremony

The finalists for the 2015 UK Coach Awards (UKCA) have been announced, as organisers and judges expressed admiration and praise for the quality of the entries this year.

People, projects and organisations are on the list, across categories covering the whole range of activities involved in the planning, promotion and operation of coach services. The winners of five other awards will be announced at the Annual Presentation Ceremony on April 23.

UKCA Chairman Allan Edmondson said: “Many congratulations to all the finalists in this year’s awards. The judges had to make some really difficult decisions in what was a very strong field.

“Coach travel is all about working together to make every journey really special for our customers. To achieve those standards, the industry relies on a whole raft of people and organisations to do their best to deliver.

“We’re really pleased to hear about best practice in all these areas from the people who really matter, and to be able to recognise and reward the commitment and hard work involved.”

The final results will be announced at the Annual Presentation Ceremony compered by Carol Kirkwood, which will take place at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on Thursday, April 23, when the awards will be presented by CPT President Bill Hiron.

Coach Marketing – Large Companies

  • The ‘Moments’ Campaign, National Express
  • Digitally driven marketing strategy, Shearings Holidays

Coach Marketing – SMEs

  • 2014/15 Marketing Campaign, AW Eastons Coaches
  • Small Business Brand Awareness, Anthony’s Travel
  • Look What You Get!, Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel

Coach Travel Programme

  • The 2015 Tour Programme, AW Eastons Coaches
  • Great Britain and Europe 2015 by Coach, Air and Sea, Epsom Coaches
  • UK & Continental Coach Hoidays, Gardiners NMC
  • 2014 Christmas Programme, Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
  • 2015 Touring Programme, Shearings Holidays

Safety Innovation sponsored by ROSCO

  • Driving Out Harm, National Express
  • Cycling Safety Sticker Project, National Express
  • York Schools Partnership, York Pullman Bus Company

Top UK Coach Driver sponsored by Traffilog

  • Gary Hipperson, AW Eastons Coaches
  • Christopher Wellman, Alfa Coaches

Top Express Operation

  • Express City Connect, Stagecoach East Scotland
  • The Oxford Tube, Stagecoach in Oxfordshire

Top Large Fleet Operator sponsored by Evobus

  • Edwards Coaches
  • Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
  • National Express
  • The Kings Ferry Ltd

Top Medium Fleet Operator sponsored by Volvo and Thomas Hardie Commercials

  • Alfa Coaches
  • Belle Vue Manchester
  • Excelsior Coaches
  • York Pullman Bus Company

Top Small Fleet Operator

  • Anthony’s Travel
  • Ingleby’s Luxury Coaches
  • Parrys International Tours
  • Woods Travel

Unsung Heroes sponsored by Backhouse Jones

  • Mark Durrant, Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
  • Faye and Jodie Waring, Anthony’s Travel

Young Coach Industry Professional

  • Charlie Hatcher, National Express
  • Kevin Walker, York Pullman Bus Company

Awards to be announced on 23 April

  • Customer Service Award
  • Engineer of the Year
  • Service to the Coach Industry
  • Technology and Innovation Award

There is no finalists’ list for these awards. The winners will be announced at the Presentation Ceremony.

UK Coach Operator of the Year, sponsored by A J Gallagher

The winner of this Award will be selected from the winners of the Top Small, Top Medium and Top Large Fleet Operator awards and also announced at the Presentation Ceremony.