The very best of the best met together in London last week to unveil the winners of the UK Bus awards and I was as ever extremely delighted to be in attendance and indeed present one of the awards myself to the winner of the Young Manager award sponsored by CILT.

I thought that I would describe briefly who won what so dear reader you too can be inspired to maybe think about entering the awards yourself. The real purpose of the awards is to recognise, reward and inspire with the greater emphasis on inspiration.

So let me give you a whistle stop tour of who won what:

1 Overcoming adversity was a win for two Companies, Stagecoach East Scotland for over coming the massive challenge of the Fourth bridge closure, also equally recognised were Stagecoach Cumbria for dealing with the aftermath of the horrendous flooding in Cumbria last Christmas,

2 Bus and the Community Award was won by Brighton and Hove Bus Company for their excellent helping hands initiative which was so good it has been adopted by shops and cinemas.

3 The Environment Award was won by my good friends at Reading Bus with a comprehensive programme of environmental improvements that operate throughout all elements of the business.

4 The New Horizons Award was won by The Check  safe Walk round App which is effectively a drivers walk round App which has a torch attached to it.

5 The Putting Passengers First award went to Reading Buses again with their enabling tomorrow`s customers today which specifically focuses on attracting younger customers to make them the regular passengers of the future.

6 The Making buses a better choice award went to Alex Hornsby`s Trandev Holdings for the Cityzap a new service that operates between Leeds and York building significant passenger growth through a combination of technology and driver empowerment.

7 The award for marketing initiative of the year went to the team at South Yorkshire PTE, for their Busboost initiative that instigated significant and sustained modal shift from car to bus.

8 The award for sustained marketing excellence went to my friend Claire Haigh at the excellent Greener Journeys who have done brilliant work in promoting the benefits of bus travel to the wider community.

9 The Young Manager award went to Stephanie Maher at National Express West Midlands I was delighted to present Stephanie with her award the first time in 6 years that a lady has won the award, and well deserved it was too.

10 The top national driver award went to Dave Forrester at Southern Vectis, this is a really hard category to judge but in the end Dave’s enthusiasm and helpfulness saw him crowned top  driver.

11 the unsung hero award went to Ricky Lennon from RATP Dev London, another really tough award to judge but Ricky stood out as a man who the business just could not do without.

12 The services to the bus industry award went to top bloke Ian Morgan and well deserved it was as well.

13 The local authority bus project of the year award was won by the West Midlands Bus Alliance, including Centro and National Express West Midlands, where excellent integration of working practice has resulted in passenger growth and high passenger satisfaction levels.

14 The top national bus depot was won by Stagecoach East Scotland which showed a real family atmosphere that saw it top the well deserved award.

15 The top London bus driver award went to Dean Golding from Go Ahead London, again a really hard call to make due to the excellent standard of entries.

16 The award for the London bus garage of the year went to Leyton Stagecoach London, an excellent depot that plays a pivotal role in the local community.

17 The top city operator award went to Mark Fowles and the excellent team at Nottingham City Transport, NCT have consistently over delivered across all areas of the business and are worthy winners

18 The top shire operator award went to Reading buses, and well deserved it was too.

19 The top independent award went to the excellent Prentice Coaches from Haddington in East Lothian.

20 The grand Prix award of bus operator of the year went to Nottingham City Transport this is the third time in three years that they have won this, clearly a great achievement.