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The Categories:

Operator Training Award


This category is for the operator that demonstrates ways in which excellent training produces measurable results.

Shortlist:
  • Anthonys Travel
  • Go North East
  • Go South Coast
  • Lucketts Travel
  • National Express West Midlands
  • Reading Buses

Manager of the Year, small/medium operator (up to 150 vehicles)


This category is for the person who excels in their managerial role within a small or medium-sized coach and/or bus operation.

Shortlist:
  • To be confirmed

Manager of the Year, large operator (over 150 vehicles) Lytx

Sponsored by: Lytx
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This category is for the person whose proven managerial abilities place them above their peers within large coach and/or bus operations.

Shortlist:
  • To be confirmed

Engineer of the Year, small/medium operator (up to 150 vehicles) Yutong

Sponsored by: Yutong
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This category is for the skilled engineer who clearly contributes to their small or medium-sized operator’s success.

Shortlist:
  • To be confirmed

Engineer of the Year, large operator (over 150 vehicles) Knorr-Bremse

Sponsored by: Knorr-Bremse
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This category is for an excellent engineer who also excels as a manager of people while also demonstrably contributing to their large operator’s success.

Shortlist:
  • To be confirmed

Rising Star 2018 Optibus

Sponsored by: Optibus
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This new category for 2018 is aimed at identifying a young (under 30) coach and bus industry professional who has not only impressed the judges with their progress to date but who is showing clear signs of having the potential to take on the highest jobs.

Shortlist:
  • To be confirmed

Best Use of Technology (up to 150 vehicles) Goodyear

Sponsored by: Goodyear
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This category recognises high-level success where operators introduce the latest technology that produces quantifiable benefits for their business and their passengers.

Shortlist:
  • Blackpool Transport Services
  • Grey’s of Ely
  • Unilink
  • United Minibuses and Coaches

Best Use of Technology (over 150 vehicles) alfatronix

Sponsored by: Alfatronix
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This category recognises high-level success where operators introduce the latest technology that produces quantifiable benefits for their business and their passengers.

Shortlist:
  • First Bus
  • Go Ahead Oxford
  • Lucketts Travel
  • National Express
  • Reading Buses

Environment Award Optare

Sponsored by: Optare Group
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This category is for an operator with an exceptional commitment to a green agenda.

Shortlist:
  • The Big Lemon CIC
  • First Bus Aberdeen
  • Go South Coast
  • Reading Buses

Excellence in Minibus Operation

Sponsored by: arriva bus and coach
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This category is for an operator whose minibus fleet is exemplary in every respect.

Shortlist:
  • Alba Travel
  • Passenger Plus
  • United Minibuses and Coaches
  • White’s of St Albans

Small Coach Operator of the Year (up to 15 vehicles) MAN Truck & Bus

Sponsored by: MAN Truck & Bus
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This category is for the coach operator that is small but perfectly formed, demonstrating excellence in every aspect of their business.

Shortlist:
  • Anthonys Travel
  • Bayliss Executive Travel
  • Eastons Holidays
  • Grey’s of Ely
  • Heathside Travel
  • Henshaw’s Executive Travel
  • Masons Mini Bus & Coach Hire

Medium Coach Operator of the Year (16-50 vehicles) EvoBus

Sponsored by: Mercedes-Benz
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This category is for the coach operator that provides excellence at every turn for its customers, its staff and for financial return.

Shortlist:
  • Acklams Coaches
  • Barnes Coaches
  • Country Lion (Northampton)
  • Golden Boy Coaches
  • Maynes Coaches, Buckie
  • Prospect Coaches (West)
  • Stanley Travel (North East)
  • Williams Coaches, Brecon

Small/Medium Bus Operator of the Year (up to 150 vehicles) Ticketer

Sponsored by: Ticketer
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This category is for the bus operator with exceptional on the road performance, providing exemplary service by every measure.

Shortlist:
  • Blackpool Transport Services
  • The Burnley Bus Company
  • Ensignbus Co
  • The Harrogate Bus Company
  • Uno Buses (Northamption)

Large Coach Operator of the Year (over 50 vehicles) Volvo

Sponsored by: Volvo Bus
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This category is for the best of the cream of British coach operators, setting standards for others to aspire to.

Shortlist:
  • Edwards Coaches
  • The Kings Ferry
  • Horseman Coaches
  • Lucketts Travel
  • Shearings Holidays
  • York Pullman Bus Company

Large Bus Operator of the Year (over 150 vehicles) Ticketer

Sponsored by: Ticketer
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This award is for the bus operator who best demonstrates that size really does matter, proving that passengers really do benefit when bus services are provided by a large operator.

Shortlist:
  • First Scotland East
  • Go South Coast
  • Go North East
  • National Express West Midlands
  • Reading Buses
  • Stagecoach East Scotland

Special Award Allison Transmission

Sponsored by: Allison Transmission
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This award is for the person who is judged to have made a very special contribution to the industry.

Shortlist:
  • To be confirmed
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