Our fantastic night at The Amazing Awards 2022

4 months ago Tue 8th Feb 2022

His catchphrase ‘Know what I mean, ‘Arry” made him Britain’s best-loved boxer – and Frank Bruno MBE was on hand to salute our own winners at the annual Amazing Awards.

Presented at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, 100 nominees and partners enjoyed a glittering return to the  awards event after an enforced gap last year due to pandemic restrictions.

Finalists won a place on the shortlist in nine categories from a total of over 1,300 people who keep the wheels turning here at Transdev. As someone who knows that winning feeling, Frank Bruno MBE was knocked out to be part of it.

Frank Bruno and Harry Gration leading this years ceremony

Frank said:

“To you, the people who make Transdev the amazing team you really are – you’re all winners, and it’s an honour for me to share your night and celebrate what makes you special.

“To all the Amazing Awards winners, well done and keep on packing a punch!”

CEO Alex Hornby said:

“Our Amazing Awards again celebrated my colleagues’ incredible work and strong performance, showcasing their tremendous efforts in looking after their customers and fellow colleagues.

“We are proud to be seen as an industry leader, but that is only possible thanks to our 1,400 strong team of amazing people – forever our greatest assets. These awards helped to single out the best of the best on a very important and special evening for us all, and our congratulations and thanks go out to our nine winners and finalists.”

York Citysightseeing team

Yorkshire winners at this year’s Amazing Awards included the Citysightseeing York tour bus team who were named Team of the Year, led by General Manager Kel Pizzuti who delivered the operation’s biggest ever season in 2021.

Kel said:

“I’m thrilled for the whole team – it’s clear that our sightseeing team have a lot of fun in what they do – it’s about enjoying the job and our customers saw that and wanted to be come on board with us and be part of it.

“The reaction when I took the Team of the Year trophy to our Exhibition Square HQ said it all – every one of our team is very proud of what we’ve done together. We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better season this year and we can’t wait to welcome thousands more visitors and give them an amazing experience!”

Robert Brigg

Meanwhile Robert Brigg from The Keighley Bus Company won the Engineer of the Year award.

“Last year was a different year for me – I found out I had cancer. Thankfully a brilliant medical team were on the case, and I was operated on successfully inside two months.

“That took me out from work for a while, but all the time I was away, the lads here made sure I wasn’t left behind – they kept in touch with text messages – and when I came back, they were brilliant. Chemotherapy took a lot out of me, but they were very supportive and helped me get back up to speed as soon as I was ready.

“All of us are only as good as the team around us and here in Keighley, our team is second to none.”

Our Amazing Awards are given in nine categories. Other Yorkshire winners were:

·         Lifetime Star – presented to a multi-talented colleague for their contribution to the business over many years, and won by The Keighley Bus Company driver Tim Alway

·         Customer Choice Award – We asked our customers to nominate their favourite drivers, along with the reasons why. The Harrogate Bus Company’s Keith Renshaw won the coveted prize

·         Engineer of the Year – presented to Robert Brigg from The Keighley Bus Company for his outstanding contribution in maintaining safe, reliable buses

·         Eco Champion - for smooth, safe and economical driving. Won by Mariusz Losinski, from York-based Cityzap and York & Country

·         Depot of the Year – teams are assessed on reliability, eco performance, engineering and route delivery, cost management, lost mileage, accident reduction and customer satisfaction. This year’s winners are The Keighley Bus Company.

Master of ceremonies at the Amazing Awards was popular broadcaster and recently retired presenter of BBC Look North in Yorkshire, Harry Gration MBE.

Harry told guests at the presentation evening:

“I really look forward to the Amazing Awards – it’s always a fabulous event, and most of all it’s a chance for all of us to salute genuine heroes.

“Throughout this most challenging of times, you’ve all been there to provide an amazing service and a smile to reassure and welcome customers onto our buses. In a year when we’ve all had a lot to deal with, that is certainly something well worth celebrating.”