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Chronological listing of press releases about the UK Coach Awards

High quality staff cheered by awards victories in close-fought UK Coach Awards contest

Suzie Gildon (left) from Merlin Entertainments and Ian Luckett from CPT (right) present Kings Ferry MD Ian Fraser with the UK Coach Operator of the Year Trophy.Coach operators and their staff throughout the country are celebrating after being named as winners in the 2016 UK Coach Awards. The eighth annual awards were presented before an audience of more than 220 industry movers and shakers in a glittering ceremony at Manchester's Mercure Piccadilly Hotel on the evening of Thursday 21 April.

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Judges praise quality and commitment as 2016 finalists announced

UKCA chairman Allan EdmondsonThe UK Coach Awards have announced the list of finalists for their 2016 competition, praising the quality and commitement demonstrated by all the people, projects and organisations that have made the final stages. 

The list comprises a total of 45 companies or individuals, across 12 categories covering the whole range of activities involved in the planning, promotion and operation of coach services. The winners of four other awards will be announced at the Annual Presentation Ceremony on 21 April. 

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Booking opens for UK Coach Awards 2016

Carol Kirkwood at the 2015 ceremonyBooking has now opened for the 8th annual UK Coach Awards Presentation Ceremony, which will be held at the Piccadilly Hotel Manchester on Thursday 21 April 2016. Event organisers have also confirmed that the ceremony will once again by hosted by the multi-award winning BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood.

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Categories added following stakeholder feedback

An extract from the Stakeholder presentation on 20 OctoberThe 2016 competition for the UK Coach Awards will feature two extra new categories, following feedback received from operators and other stakeholders, the organisers have announced.

The new categories will be:

  • Coach Industry Web Site of the Year
  • Best Coach Industry Brand

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“Use us to improve your staff motivation and rewards”, says UKCA

UKCA director Chris CheekA call for small and medium-sized enterprises to use the UK Coach Awards as a means of rewarding their employees has been issued by the scheme’s organisers, allowing busy operators to take advantage of the benefits of motivating and incentivising staff.

As the labour market tightens, most businesses are concerned about recruiting, training and retaining the best talent. Any internet search for motivational tools will produce evidence and case studies from all over the world: they tell how recognising and rewarding good performance can unlock real benefits for employers, providing opportunities to improve motivation and promote the business. Studies show that there is an explicit link with improving customer service as well.

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Awards scheme seeks to reward projects that help coach passengers

UKCA chairman Allan EdmondsonTourist attractions, destinations and local authorities have been reminded to nominate projects which improve life for coach passengers for a UK Coach Award this year - via the special ‘Making Coaches a Better Choice’ category. This is designed to recognise and reward projects, big or small, which genuinely improve life for coach operators, coach drivers and their passengers.

UK Coach Awards chairman Allan Edmondson said, “We believe that this award category is an important part of what we do. Like all forms of passenger transport, coach travel relies on others to help make the journeys it provides for customers as comfortable, efficient and prompt as possible.”

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