Nominations open for new competition
The 7th 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 5 December.
UKCA Chairman Allan Edmondson said: "The UK Coach Awards is the only national awards scheme dedicated solely to coach operators and their staff in all types of work. As with our hugely successful contest in 2014, our award categories reflect the diverse skills required to deliver high quality coach operations, not only through high-spec coaches and nice liveries, but also through excellent customer service. The right people really do make a difference and we are highlighting this again in our 2015 competition."
"The categories are designed to cover as broad a spread of activities as possible, and to offer everybody involved both recognition for their efforts and inspiration for the future," Allan continued. "We're therefore offering prizes for excellence in coach operation - with a special new contest for Express operation - and for a wide cross section of our people, including drivers, engineers, young professionals, customer-facing staff and support personnel. Meanwhile a range of technical and professional awards aims to recognise and reward the skills needed to deliver a successful and growing business."
For 2015, the awards are maintaining their strong emphasis on getting nominations from the customers - particularly group organisers and tour operators who actually use coaches and know the operators and drivers who serve them best. However, the operating categories are once again open to self-nomination, as is done successfully for the UK Bus Awards.
"This scheme is all about highlighting and extolling the skills, commitment and sheer hard work delivered every day by thousands of drivers, fitters, office staff and managers - all devoted to getting people where they want to go, giving them a safe and pleasant journey and a great time when they get there: we hope everybody will get on board with us," Allan concluded.
This site is packed with more information about the Awards, including:
- Categories and Criteria: details of the awards we present and how we judge them
- Entering and Nominating: how you can nominate your own company or members of staff, or nominate someone else, for one of the award categories
- UKCA Events: information about the presentation ceremony we organise and our other events.
- News and other media information: details of media releases, pictures, videos and other materials.
- A quick guide to the competition and why we think you should take part (PDF to view or download)