Guild Member: Skills Coaches

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Established in Nottinghamshire in 1919, Skills has a long history of excellence and has always prided itself in delivering world class coach holidays and private hire throughout the UK and Continental Europe. The firm’s operation has now spread throughout Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire and includes service runs, corporate contracts, day trips, luxury tours, short breaks, group travel and event support.

To hire a coach, please visit our hire page. To book a holiday, please visit our holidays page our holidays page.

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Company overview

Originally established in 1919 by Arthur Skill, Skills remains a family-owned, local company, with fantastic connections to the local community. Today Skills is managed by Arthur’s grandsons, Nigel Skill (Managing Director) and Simon Skill (Financial Director), as well Peter Hallam (Operations Director) who has worked alongside three generations of the Skills family in his career at the company.

Skills now operates a fleet of well over 50 modern touring coaches and continues to maintain its profile as a market leader in the industry. The company also operates its very own driver training school and has 4 dedicated travel shops in Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough and Beeston.


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Skills operates from a purpose-built 3 acre site in Nottinghamshire which is located just 1½ miles from junction 26 of the M1 which means all areas of the UK are within easy reach.

Coaches and buses for all occasions

Skills’ competitive prices and variety of vehicles mean that they can provide transport and travel for all needs or occasions. Their modern fleet ranges from 16-seat mini-buses, to 61-seat executive coaches with full-on board facilities, toilet, hot and cold drinks, televisions, air conditioning and reclining seats. They also have a selection of 74-88 seater double-deckers with seat belts.

To get advice on your hire needs please call a member of our professional and experienced team on a 0115 9777 426.

For our dedicated Group Travel experts, please call 0115 9777 416.

Corporate Hospitality

Skills Corperate Hospitality Coaches

Skills continue to invest in their fleet, now offering top quality vehicles fitted to a high specification. Their corporate coaches are perfect for business meetings on the move, whether it be city or airport transfers, sightseeing or conference transport. They are fitted with catering facilities and coffee machines, Wi-Fi and charging points, our coaches are air conditioned and have reclining seats, tables and toilets to create the perfect working environment. They offer a great place for you to relax and enjoy your journey.

Coach exploration across the UK & Europe

Skills’ operates a large selection of hand-tailored coach trips for all ages across three brands:

  • CoachStyle: Our carefully crafted CoachStyle by Skills Holiday Programme is our value for money brand which offers a fantastic choice of coach holiday experiences, whilst maintaining our high standards of customer service and reliability.
  • Skills Holidays: Our Skills Holiday brand offers an award-winning choice of breaks and experiences across the Great British Isles and into Continental Europe. With over 100 years of experience Skills Holidays provides an exciting and diverse programme, allowing customers of all ages to experience an unforgettable break, with a variety of attractions and world-class events.
  • Skills Premium Door-to-Door Holidays (formally Laver Holidays): Our Skills Premium Door-to-Door Holidays offer a wonderful holiday experience, staying at some of the best hotels in the United Kingdom. Our Premium packages include excursions, admission costs and occasionally a cream tea (or two)! For total peace of mind, they also include our Door-to-Door service as standard. This is where we pick you up from your front door and take you to meet our holiday coach, we will also take you safely home again at the end of your break.

We also offer an excellent choice of great-value day excursions and Theatre Break Weekends with local departures across the East Midlands!

For more information about any of Skills’ breaks please visit or call 0115 9770 080.

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Our team of fully qualified PCV fitters maintain our own fleet and undertake work for third parties in our purpose-built workshops and state of the art paint shop. Skills have recently completed a 5 bay workshop expansion to match their continued growth. Please call directly for more information on 0115 9777 423.

Full list of services

  • Coach & Bus Hire
  • Coach Excursions & Holidays
  • Cruise and Coach Transfers
  • Travel Agency
  • Group Organised Travel
  • Corporate Hire & Event Transportation
  • Contracts & Rail Replacement Travel
  • Park & Ride Facilities
  • Engineering Garage Workshop & Paint Shop On Site
  • Driver Training Academy

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A Skills Coach

Skills Group,
Belgrave Road,
NG6 8LY England

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 9770080

Fax: +44 (0) 115 9777439

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Skills specials:

  • Accommodation booking service
  • Executive coaches
  • People carriers
  • Seat belts
  • Tour guides
  • Air conditioned coaches
  • DVD or video players
  • Food preparation/serving on board
  • High capacity school coaches
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access coaches
  • School parties

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