14/07/2023 - GBCO coach operator shortlisted for four prestigious industry awards!

Johnsons Quality Coach Travel of Henley-in-Arden have been shortlisted for four industry awards, at the upcoming 2023 routeone Awards, going up against some of the top coach operators from across the UK.

The family firm are in the running for ‘Large Coach Operator of the Year’, ‘Coach Tourism Programme of the Year’ and ‘Oustanding Customer Experience’ and ‘Rising Star of the Year’ for their General Manager, Kyran Flynn. The awards scheme, now in its 17th year, and with headline partner Ticketer, recognises the highest standards of excellence across all aspects of coach and bus operations.

Johnsons Operator Excellence award finalist

Johnsons and other finalists were initially nominated by their industry peers earlier this year, with the nominated operators then writing their entries and compiling their evidence, with a judging panel of seven senior industry experts coming together to create the shortlist. This year’s judges are: Joan Aitken OBE, former Traffic Commissioner for Scotland; David Cattermole, former Managing Director of Galloway Travel; Richard Delahoy, Transport Consultant; Nigel Eggleton, Commercial Director at CT4N and former Managing Director with First Bus South Yorkshire and Midlands; Mark Fowles OBE, former Managing Director of Nottingham City Transport; Graham Russell, former Director at FirstGroup; and Norman Thomas, former Engineering Product Manager for Volvo Bus.

Commenting, Helen Conway, Event Director with organiser Diversified Communications, says: “The prestigious routeone Awards are unique in this industry, rewarding people and operators for their exemplary achievements and bringing the sector together to celebrate. All the entrants were nominated for an award before a panel of industry experts carefully reviewed each one - so to be shortlisted is a huge achievement. On 8 November, at our black-tie presentation evening, we will find out who has been chosen as the very best in the business.”

Lauren Davies, Head of Business for Johnsons Quality Coach Travel said “We are so pleased to be shortlisted against some of the very best in the industry. Each category Johnsons has been shortlisted for is a testament to our team’s dedicated hard work and enthusiasm for providing the very best for our clients, our motto ‘Travel with Johnsons – Travel with Friends’ is at the heart of everything we do. I’m especially pleased for my colleague, Kyran Flynn who has been shortlisted for ‘Rising Star of the Year’ who has worked incredibly hard in a short space of time and achieved so much already at a young age. I wish him the best of luck in the second stage of interviews for this award.”

The winners will be announced on the evening of 8 November at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The evening will be a fantastic  celebration for the industry which has very much bounced back after a difficult time during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Johnson waving staff members

Johnsons Coach Travel are a family firm and have been established for over 114 years with over 40 years holiday experience. They specialise in providing a wide selection of coach holidays and day trips and provide coaches for private hire to businesses, groups, schools, clubs and private individuals.

For more information, visit www.johnsonscoaches.co.uk