South East coach operators celebrate success in UK awards scheme

Coach operators and their staff from South East England are celebrating after being named as winners in the 2018 UK Coach Awards. The tenth annual awards were presented before an audience of some 300 people in a glittering ceremony at Viva Blackpool, the resort's stunning Vegas-style venue, on the evening of Thursday 10 May.

South East operators won the following prizes:

  • Lucketts Travel
    • Winner, Gold Award, Domestic Coach Travel Programme
    • Winner, Gold Award, European Coach Travel Programme
    • Ian Luckett: Winner, Gold Award, Services to the Coach Industry
    • Winner, Silver Award, Top Large Fleet Operator
  •  Woods Travel
    • Winner, Gold Award, Top Small Fleet Operator
    • Winner, Bronze Award, UK Coach Operator of the Year
  •  Crusader Holidays:
    • Winner, Silver Award, Domestic Coach Travel Programme
    • Winner, Silver Award, European Coach Travel Programme
  •  Hythe and Waterside Coaches
    • Jacqueline Withey: Winner, Silver Award, Customer Service Award
  • Bayliss Executive Travel
    • Winner, Silver Award, Top Small Fleet Operator
  •  The Kings Ferry
    • Winner, Bronze Award, Top Large Fleet Operator 
  • Minimise Your Risk
    • Alec Horner Winner, Gold Award, ROSCO Award for Innovation in Road Safety

 The awards were hosted and presented by Carol Kirkwood from BBC Breakfast, a great favourite with the coach industry, who was making her tenth appearance at the ceremony.

Congratulating all the winners, UK Coach Awards chairman John Gilbert said, "Our awards are all about recognising and rewarding excellence at all levels in the industry, amongst all operators, large or small, and in all types of work from express through contracting to coach touring." Awards were presented for high quality operation, and for a range of professional disciplines such marketing, web site design, travel programmes and passenger facilities.

“Coaching is above all a people business,” explained John Gilbert. “In order to deliver the improved quality and high standards that our customers demand, we need to recruit train and retain excellent staff. Recognising and rewarding our people is vital to retaining and motivating them. We at UK Coach Awards aim to do precisely that, which is why we have such an important part to play in the drive for quality and excellence in our industry.”