Oxford Bus Company staff enjoy an awards night at the Ashmolean Museum
The Oxford Bus Company celebrated the achievements of its staff with the return of its Really Amazing Awards ceremony at the Ashmolean Museum.
Staff, including those from sister companies Thames Travel, Carousel Buses and City Sightseeing Oxford, won coveted awards in nine categories, recognizing long service and outstanding performance by teams and individuals.
Colleagues named the winners directly, except for the winners of the Long Service Awards, and these were narrowed down to a shortlist of three in each category before the evening.
It was a night to celebrate staff success as Oxford Bus Company combined 2020 and 2021 into one big awards night, after last year’s event did not take place due to the pandemic.
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Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company, said: ‘It was wonderful to be able to come together again in person and recognize and celebrate the people who have done a truly amazing job of ensuring that we consistently deliver a service. first class to our passengers.
“We also recognized our colleagues who have dedicated a significant number of years of service to the company.
“It has been an incredibly difficult time for the bus and coach industry and so the awards and the evening have been even more special this year.”
Earlier this year, the bus company warned that it may have to withdraw the incentive parking service if it does not receive sufficient financial support from the government. This threat has now been removed following a financial boost.
The 2020 and 2021 Long Service Award celebrated the combined 370 years of service of 12 colleagues.
Mark Bowyer was recognized for his 45 years of outstanding service and Roger Pudwell for his 40 years of service.
Andy Seeney, facilities manager of Oxford Bus Company, received the Covid champion award.
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The customer hero went to City Sightseeing Oxford guide Chris Cochran for consistently exceeding customer expectations. Daniel Paton was named Engineer of the Year and Oxford Bus
The company’s accounting assistant, Gordon Boland, received the Lifetime Star award.
Jose Rubio-Reyes received the Rising Star award for constantly pushing himself outside his comfort zone and learning new skills.
Chris Reeves was named Manager of the Year and Thames Travel’s Mark Adams won Unsung Hero. The 2020 Star of the Year was awarded to Licinio Rocha and Arkadiusz Malek won the 2021 gong, each also receiving £500.
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The evening was hosted by Phil Southall, Managing Director of Oxford Bus Company, and Luke Marion, Chief Financial and Commercial Officer, with comedian Kev Orkian providing entertainment.
Mr Southall said: “This was our fourth Really Amazing Awards ceremony and after going through a pandemic everyone in our group of companies should be very proud of their achievements.
“We have so many great people doing amazing work every day.”
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