Statement from the UK Coach Awards regarding Covid-19
We have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year’s awards event. The calamitous effect of Covid-19 on our industry, initially made the possibility of our usual industry gathering unviable, and latterly inappropriate at a time when so many of our colleagues are facing great challenges and focusing on keeping their customers, employees and loved ones safe.
We had been working towards bringing you an alternative virtual event, which we hoped would still allow us to celebrate all your great work and provide some relief during these difficult times. However, the rapid onset of all the issues associated with Covid-19 has now made this inappropriate.
We are cancelling, not postponing and will keep all entries that were submitted this year. Then in the Autumn they will be resubmitted for the 2021 awards; you will be given the opportunity to modify them if needed. At this time, we will of course, also welcome new entries for 2021.
We remain steadfast in our support of the whole Coach industry, and our thoughts are with you all during these extremely challenging times.
If you have booked tickets for the 2020 Presentation Ceremony, you will have been contacted regarding carrying your booking over to next or having a refund.
If you booked accommodation in one of the hotels using the booking code, please contact the hotel directly. They are all aware of the situation. The hotels and contact details are:
- Ibis Styles Blackpool Hotel - telephone 01253 752478
- The Imperial Hotel - telephone 01253 754616
- Big Blue Hotel - telephone 01253 336081
- Boulevard Hotel - telephone 01253 336081
Our Charity Partner
As you may know, earlier in the year we launched a charity partnership at our UK Coach Awards with the Family Holiday Association. We wanted to find a charity which resonated with our partners and where we knew we could make a real difference.
There is such a natural fit between our two organisations to help the charity in a crucial area by doing what we do best - providing coach travel for families in real need of some respite.
Knowing we are an industry with a big heart, we have set ourselves a target this year, to work with our industry colleagues and help provide 200 families with a precious day out at the seaside or tourist attraction.
The partnership got off to a fantastic start at the awards with a brilliant raffle, thanks to the wonderful prizes you all donated. And not only this, but nearly 50 of you responded saying you would be interested in donating coach travel for families which is just wonderful.
The charity team are following up with these responses and we are delighted to say that we have already reached 100 families who will be able to get a precious day out, out of our target of 200.
With your wonderful support and passion, we are sure we can reach 200 families by the end of the year. For more information on the partnership or to let us know how you can help,
Together we can help more families find sunshine through the rain.
What can Coach Operators do for FHA
The Family Holiday Association provide very much needed breaks and respite to families who would otherwise not get these. The Coach Industry is in an ideal position to provide help directly to the families who need it. So please visit our page above which has some suggestions should you wish to help in some way;
Independent Judging and How it Works
Independent, expert judging is a vital element of the 2020 UK Coach Awards, as it has been ever since they started in 2009, and its delivery is a key corporate objective for the company.
"It was a lesson we had applied from Day One in launching the UK Bus Awards in the mid 1990s," recalls Chris Cheek. "If an award scheme is to have credibility, and the prizes are to be valued, then it is vital that entries are judged fairly and objectively against the agreed criteria by independent expert judges. We carried this over to the UK Coach Awards in 2009."
Welcome to the UK Coach Awards