routeone Awards nomination: Deadline is soon

Cut-off date is Friday 5 April for the chance to be recognised at prestigious industry event: Move quickly

Nominations for the routeone Awards close on Friday (5 April). That means that there is still time for potential finalists to be put forward for recognition at this year’s presentation evening, which will be held on Wednesday 2 October at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole to coincide with Coach & Bus UK.

The number of nominations received so far is high, and the field of potential finalists is thus already strong. However, there is still time for more to be added before the judging process moves to the next stage.

The routeone Awards aim to recognise and reward the greatest achievements, the finest innovation and the highest standards among both operators and people.

Categories, and what the highly-experienced panel of judges will expect to see of entrants, were fully defined at the time of the Awards’ launch. To recap, they are:

– Operator Training Award

– Manager of the Year, small/medium operator (up to 150 vehicles)

– Manager of the Year, large operator (over 150 vehicles)

– Engineer of the Year, small/medium operator (up to 150 vehicles)

– Engineer of the Year, large operator (over 150 vehicles)

– Rising Star

– Best Use of Technology (up to 150 vehicles)

– Best Use of Technology (over 150 vehicles)

– Environment Award

– Excellence in Minibus Operation

– Small Coach Operator of the Year (up to 15 vehicles)

– Medium Coach Operator of the Year (16-50 vehicles)

– Large Coach Operator of the Year (over 50 vehicles)

– Small/Medium Bus Operator of the Year (up to 150 vehicles)

– Large Bus Operator of the Year (over 150 vehicles)

– Special Award

What comes next?

Once nominations have closed, nominees will be asked to complete an entry form via the routeone Awards website at

The form has been simplified for 2019, making entry even easier, and nominees will be supplied with a list of handy hints to enable them to complete the task quickly.

Nevertheless, the form has been designed to generate important facts and figures that will assist with the next stage in the process leading to the announcement of the winners on 2 October.

At the same time as completing the form, nominees will be asked to supply supporting evidence about their achievements and performance. That will permit the judges to make informed decisions when they convene in early June.

Each entry will be scrutinised by the panel. Its members will assess the most appropriate category (or categories) for each entrant before determining who should be shortlisted.

Those entrants that sufficiently impress the judges to justify a place on the shortlist will be informed before the end of June. Then, the panel may invite them to answer some specific questions that will ultimately help to determine the winners at the industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony.

It is only through nomination that an operator can become a finalist. Nominations are invited from manufacturers, dealers and suppliers.

Additionally, nominations in the people categories are also welcomed from third-party recommendations, or by nomination endorsed by your Managing Director or business proprietor.