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All systems go for UK Coach Awards 2016

The flyer promoting the 2016 awardsNominations open for new competition

The 8th annual competition for the UK Coach Awards officially gets under way this week with an updated set of criteria, new promotional material and updated illustrations. Nominations are now open and can be submitted until 16 January.

UKCA Chairman Allan Edmondson said: "As the only national awards scheme dedicated solely to coach operators and their staff, we're delighted to be giving the starting signal for this year's competition.

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Green light for 2016 UK Coach Awards

Returning to the Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester, scene of this year's glittering ceremonyPlans have been announced for the 2016 competition for the UK Coach Awards, which will be formally launched in mid-July. 

UK Coach Awards chairman Allan Edmondson said: "We are delighted to be able to announce our plans. Since April, we've have been talking to a wide range of people about the scheme, and it's clear that people in the industry value our unqiue approach: our focus on coach operators and their staff, our not for profit model, the independent judging process. We'll be taking all the feedback we receive into account in making our detailed plans for 2016."

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UKCA pays tribute to Tony Bamber

Tony Bamber collects a Gold Award for Safety Innovation at the 2014 awardsThe organisers of the UK Coach Awards have paid tribute to Tony Bamber, founder of Runcorn-based Anthony's Travel, who died on 11 May after a long battle against cancer.

Under Tony's leadership, the company became renowned for its friendly, high-quality service, and was a multiple-award winner in the UK Coach Awards from 2009 through until 2015, being named UK Coach Operator of the Year in 2011 and 2015.

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Awards celebrate customer service skills and innovative thinking

Faye and Jodie Waring with Richard Bamber from Anthony's display their trio of trophiesTrio of Golds for Anthony’s Travel as judges praise staff at all levels

Over 30 individuals, companies and organisations across the UK coach industry were recognised and rewarded for their excellence and good practice at the sixth annual UK Coach Awards, which took place on Thursday 23 April 2015, at Manchester's famous Mercure Piccadilly Hotel.

Outstanding winners were the Cheshire independent company Anthony’s Travel, who went home with three Golds and a Bronze. First the company won Gold in the Top Small Fleet Operator category, and the team's evening was completed when the Runcorn-based company was named as UK Coach Operator of the Year, a judgement based both on customer nominations, performance data and detailed scrutiny by the independent judging panel. Anthony’s Travel also scooped a Bronze Award in the Coach Marketing category for SMEs, for their community-based approach to building brand awareness. Meanwhile, the trio of Golds was completed when sisters Faye and Jodie Waring received the Gold Award in the Unsung Heroes category for their sterling work in the Anthony’s Travel office.

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Judges hail commitment and high standards in 2015 finalists

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

A total of 33 people, projects and organisations are on the list, across 11 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 23 April - including the naming of the UK Coach Operator of the Year.

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CPT President Bill Hiron to present 2015 Awards as tickets go on sale

CPT President Bill HironThe UK Coach Awards have announced that this year Guest of Honour will be Bill Hiron, the current President of bus and coach industry trade association the Confederation of Passenger Transport. He will present the awards to winners at the ceremony, which is to be compered once again by the BBC's Carol Kirkwood.

The event, to be held at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester on Thursday 23 April, is designed to celebrate all that's best in UK coach operations.

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