Maynes Coaches crowned UK Coach Operator of the Year

Buckie-based Maynes Coaches, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, took the top honours at last week’s UK Coach Awards held in Manchester being named UK Coach Operator of the Year as well as winning the Top Medium Fleet Operator for the second year in a row. The company is based in Buckie, Morayshire and is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

Maynes beat off competition for the top spot from the winner of the Top Large Fleet Operator, National Express-owned The Kings Ferry, and Top Small Fleet Operator, Anthony's Travel.

"Our awards recognise and reward excellence and good practice 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,” says UK Coach Awards chairman John Gilbert.

“Coaching is above all a people business. Our customers demand improved quality both in terms of vehicles and staff. We cannot meet these demands without good business organisation and excellent staff, and to retain good staff, we need to recognise and reward them, and this is why I believe this event has a major part to play in recognising leading operators, business innovation, excellent managers, staff and operating crews.”

Stuart Jones, founder and editor of Bus and Coach Buyer, was presented with the award for Services to the Coach Industry, recognising his contribution to the industry over the past 30 years.



9th UK Coach Awards

Coach Marketing Award sponsored by Bus & Coach Buyer

Winner, Gold Award: It's Time To Enjoy.... With Shearings Holidays! - Shearings Holidays

Customer Service Award sponsored by Mistral

Winner, Gold Award: Julie Herbert - Carol Peters Travel

Coach Travel Programme sponsored by Bus & Coach Professional
Winner, Gold Award: Shearings Holidays 2016 Travel Programme - Shearings Holidays

Innovation Award

Winner, Gold Award: VUER infotainment - National Express

Making Coaches a Better Choice 

Winner, Gold Award: Gloucester Green Travel Shop, Waiting Lounge and Driver Rest Area - Oxford Bus Company

Safety Innovation sponsored by ROSCO

Winner, Gold Award: Driver Walk-around Check App - Distinctive Systems

Top UK Coach Touring Driver

Winner, Gold Award: Adrian Waine - Pulham and Sons (Coaches)

Top UK Express Driver
Winner, Gold Award: Gavin Francis - Oxford Tube

Top Express Operation 

Winner, Gold Award: Express City Connect - Stagecoach East Scotland

Top Large Fleet Operator sponsored by Mercedes Benz
Winner, Gold Award: The Kings Ferry

Top Medium Fleet Operator sponsored by Volvo and Thomas Hardie Commercials

Winner, Gold Award: Maynes Coaches

Top UK Education Services Driver

Specially Commended: Peter Oakley - GSAL Transport

Top Small Fleet Operator sponsored by CBW with Group Travel World
Winner, Gold Award: Anthony's Travel

Unsung Heroes sponsored by Backhouse Jones

Winner, Gold Award: Joan Johnson - Johnsons Coaches

UK Coach Operator of the Year

Winner, Gold Award: - Maynes Coaches

Young Coach Industry Professional sponsored by CILT UK

Winner, Gold Award: Richard Johnson - Whittles Coaches