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04 Mar 2020
Stagecoach has named the winners of this year’s Stars Awards, an annual awards event designed to recognise its shining stars and the employees who have delivered above and beyond.
Nominations were received from staff and customers, with 32 individuals and six teams shortlisted in the awards. The employee awards, now in their 11th year, recognise excellence over key areas including service to customers, safety, health and wellbeing, environment, community and innovation.
Stagecoach, which is Britain's biggest bus and coach operator and also runs tram services in Sheffield, is one of the country's largest private sector employers. It provides direct employment for 24,000 people and supports a further 10,000 jobs. In total, Stagecoach supports one in every 1,000 jobs in the UK.
This year’s winners included a bus driver in Stroud who saved a woman’s life after jumping into a canal to save a woman he had seen jumping off a bridge, and depot teams from Ecclesfield in Sheffield and Worksop in Nottinghamshire who worked together during the major floods of November 2019 to get services up and running again as quickly as possible for customers.
Employees were also recognised for looking after the health and wellbeing of colleagues, taking steps to make Stagecoach a greener company and creating new, innovative business ideas.
Winners at the event received a trophy and a cash prize and an overnight stay in Edinburgh with their guests.
Martin Griffiths, Chief Executive of Stagecoach said: “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, it’s important that we take time to recognise the huge contribution that our people make to keeping communities connected right across the UK.
“The standard of nominations this year was very high and it’s great to see the real enthusiasm and pride that our people have, and to hear true examples of people living our values day in day out. I would like to pass on my personal thanks and congratulations to everybody nominated, and of course our well deserving winners.
“We are very proud to recognise so many Stagecoach heroes and champions at this year’s Stars Awards, however we know the crucial role that all of our people right across our business play in delivering a great service for our customers.”
Innovative Idea Award – sponsored by Optare
The winner is Team Liverpool, who look after Gillmoss Depot, Stagecoach Merseyside & South. Lancashire. Stagecoach has been running the depot since 2006 and the whole team, from drivers to engineers, pull together to take on challenging situations. Team Liverpool came up with a plan to deal with ‘mischief night’ in Liverpool, where in previous years vehicles have been badly damaged and colleagues and customers injured. Through securing extra police resource, proactive driver reporting, and supervisor and inspector reactions, fewer vehicles were damaged and, most importantly, no colleagues or customers were injured.
Stagecoach was proud to involve its partners and suppliers in this year’s awards. The awards sponsors for the Stagecoach Stars Awards 2020 were Blink, FCL Organisation, Herbert Smith Freehills, Bridgestone, Volvo, Scania, Grayson Thermal Systems, Voith, Optare, PSV Transport Systems, and Greenroad. The awards event was supported by Make Events.
For more information about Stagecoach or to download a copy of the Winner’s brochure, visit stagecoachgroup.com.