Edwards Coaches Receives Parliamentary Invite

Edwards Coaches are seen as the market leader within South Wales when it comes to coach travel, however it seems they have caught the attention of eyes firmly set in Westminster, London. With headquarters just north of the Welsh capital Cardiff, Edwards Coaches are celebrating their 90th year of operation and it seems the recognition just keeps coming their way, following an unprecedented year in picking up awards; they have recently been invited to attend an end of year Parliamentary Review.

Commercial Director, Jason Edwards FCILT was the recipient of the invite from Parliament and was delighted to receive such high recognition, a mark of just how far the company has grown and developed in recent years. The invitation was a request to join and represent the UK Transport Industry as part of the 2015/16 Parliamentary Review.

Chaired by The Right Honourable George Osborne MP and The Right Honourable Patrick McLoughlin MP, the review has previously hosted multi-national companies from FedEx to Hermes and Twente Express. For Edwards Coaches to be recognised as a company who could attend the 2015/16 review is a great honour for the company and furthermore, an indication of the bright future which awaits them.

Edwards Coaches are winners of the following 2015 awards:

  • Group Leisure Awards, Finalist – Best Group Tour Operator
  • Route One Awards, Finalist – Large Coach Operator of the Year
  • UK Property Awards – TGL Property “Commercial Renovation/ Redevelopment” Portbyhan Hotel
  • National Express Engineering Audit – Gold Status
  • Sunday Times Profit Track 100 – Ranking 29 on the annual league table of Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing profits
  • TripAdvisor, “Portbyhan Hotel” – Certificate of Excellence
  • Group Travel Awards, Winner – ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups’
  • Silver Travel Advisor Awards, Nominated – ‘Best Coach Operator’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Tour Operator of the Year- Large Fleet’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Professional of the Year – Alan Clough’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Driver of the Year – Glyn Bowden’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Portbyhan Hotel – Individual Hotel of the Year’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Finalist – ‘Holiday Programme of the year’
  • UK Coach Awards, Winner – ‘Top Large Fleet Operator’
  • UK Coach Rally, Winner – ‘Welsh Coach of The Year’
  • National Express Awards, Winner – “UK Driver’s of the Year”   –  Brent Humphries and Gerwyn Roberts
  • National Express Awards, Winner – ‘Operator of the year 16+ vehicles’
  • National Express Awards, Winner – ‘High Achiever Award – Recognising Long Term Performance Above Standard’
  • Accor Hotels UK, Winner – ‘Partnership Achievement Award’

Company overview

  • Edwards Coaches Ltd established in 1925.
  • Celebrating 90 years in business this year.
  • Operates 210 coaches daily and employ 470 local staff
  • On average carry 7,500 school children daily.
  • 80,000 coach holiday passengers a year.
  • Operates National Express routes from South Wales of around 5 million miles per year.
  • Operates a local service bus service to and from Cardiff.
  • Still family owned and run, now in its 5th generation.
  • 10 Brand new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo Coaches purchased  31 March 2015, costing £2,750,000
  • Edwards Coaches enter the Sunday Times ‘Profit Track 100’ at number 29.

 

 

Edwards Coaches to Supply Velindre with Transport to London

On Tuesday the 17th  and Saturday 22nd of November, two groups of volunteers from South Wales will be making their way to Heathrow, London to trek across Patagonia to mark the 150th anniversary of the initial Welsh settlement in the area. Edwards Coaches based in South Wales are supporting Velindre with a free of charge coach to transport the volunteer’s en-route to Heathrow, before boarding a 14-hour flight.

Taking part in the expedition is none other than Welsh comedian, Rhod Gilbert. Rhod, a patron of Velindre has previously taken part in the Mount Kilimanjaro climb on behalf of the charity, but this 6 day trek and walking up to 22 hours a day is set to be like nothing else before. This isn’t the first time Rhod Gilbert has been involved with Edwards Coaches, in 2013 he took part in an episode of his own TV series, ‘Rhod Gilbert work experience’ where he spent his time working as a coach travel guide.

Edwards Coaches is now in its 5th generation of family ownership since setting up in 1925. Covering an enormous eleven million miles per year, over 210 vehicles cover the roads daily across the UK and Europe. The company is currently enjoying its most successful period in its history leading to an unprecedented year, as Edwards Coaches continuously scooped awards across the UK coach and travel industry.

To support Rhod on the Patagonia trek, go to www.justgiving.com/rhodspatagoniatrek

Or text RHOD51followed by £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.

 

Portbyhan Hotel Best in Britain Again

Portbyhan Hotel Looe, owned by Edwards Coaches based in South Wales has enjoyed a great level of success in recent months. Edwards Coaches is a family run business now in its 5th generation of ownership since opening in 1925. Covering a staggering eleven million miles per year, with a fleet of over 210 vehicles on the road everyday, the company is enjoying it’s most successful period in it’s history leading to an unprecedented year for awards, as Edwards Coaches scooped awards across the UK coach and travel industry.

Portbyhan Hotel is situated in the secluded town of Looe in South West Cornwall. With an Edwards Coaches investment of £1.5 million into the redevelopment of the hotel, the emphasis was very much on bringing the hotel back to its former glory. The renovation project, headed by TGL Property and Project Manager Colin Crabb with lead architect Steve Huckstep, was seen as a great success in the local area. With the focus firmly set on involving the local community, the food, infrastructure and the staff are all from the town of Looe and surrounding areas. Following the completion of the project, TGL Property won the award for the best Commercial Renovation/ Redevelopment in the UK, an accolade widely recognised.

The future of the Hotel is certainly a bright one, with the local economy seeing a growth of 33% since the completion of the project and over half a million paid in wages to the forty five full and part-time staff members, there is certainly a feel good factor around the town. A feeling which continues right through the winter months where Looe continues to thrive as the hotel draws in around 8,000 visitors. Where the majority of small, fishing towns across the UK quietly come to rest in the winter months, the opposite is very much the case with Looe as people continue to fill the hotel; contributing to the total of 88,000 visitors they saw in 2014 up from 61,000 in 2013. At the hotel, they can expect to see a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, a 5 Star Food Hygiene award along with an overall 3 Star Visit England rating, which was achieved within the first year of operating.

The Portbyhan Hotel is already a winner of the following awards:

  • Accommodation Provider – Individual Hotels

Winner: Portbyhan Hotel, owned by Edwards Coaches

  • National Coach Tourism Awards
  • 3 Star Visit England Hotel Rating
  • 5 Star Food Hygiene Rating
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

For further information on the Portbyhan Hotel:

Tel: 07535 436075 Email: sales@portbyhan.com Website: www.portbyhan.com

For further information on TGL PROPERTY:

Tel: 07812 13097 Email: matt@tglproperty.co.uk Website: www.tglproperty.co.uk

For further information on the International Property Awards, please contact the events team:

Tel: +44 (0)1245 250 981 Email: info@propertyawards.net or visit www.propertyawards.net

Edwards Featured in The Times

Edwards featured in the Times

Currently celebrating their 90th year of operation, Edwards Coaches are an established and family run coach travel company based in the heart of South Wales.

In 2011, Edwards Coaches founded a relationship with Lombard finance to help move the business forward and grow their fleet further. Following the initial deal with Lombard, commercial director Jason Edwards FCILT was approached by national newspaper The Times, who were interested to run an inside view on the deal between Edwards Coaches and Lombard finance. This particular feature will include a short film around Edwards Coaches the business and give an insight to the goings on behind the scenes.

The initial deal involved securing asset finance for a fleet of National Express vehicles and enhancing their touring programme with the Starliner executive coaches.

In light of interest from The Times, Jason stated, “The deal with Lombard is pivotal to the growth of our business over the course of our future, securing asset finance with them has allowed us to grow our fleet further and in particular, adding a touch of luxury with our Starliner Coaches”.

The feature with The Times is due to go live in the first week of December, with a video published on their website and a written article within their business section of the newspaper.

Edwards Coaches are winners of the following 2015 awards:

  • UK Property Awards 2015 – TGL Property “Commercial Renovation/ Redevelopment” Portbyhan Hotel
  • National Express Engineering Audit – Gold Status
  • Sunday Times Profit Track 100 – Ranking 29 on the annual league table of Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing profits
  • TripAdvisor, “Portbyhan Hotel” – Certificate of Excellence
  • Group Travel Awards, Winner – ‘Best Coach Operator for Groups’
  • Silver Travel Advisor Awards, Nominated – ‘Best Coach Operator’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Tour Operator of the Year- Large Fleet’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Professional of the Year – Alan Clough’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Driver of the Year – Glyn Bowden’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Winner – ‘Portbyhan Hotel – Individual Hotel of the Year’
  • National Coach Tourism Awards, Finalist – ‘Holiday Programme of the year’
  • UK Coach Awards 2015, Winner – ‘Top Large Fleet Operator’
  • UK Coach Rally 2015, Winner – ‘Welsh Coach of The Year’
  • National Express Awards 2015, Winner – “UK Driver’s of the Year”   –  Brent Humphries and Gerwyn Roberts
  • National Express Awards 2015, Winner – ‘Operator of the year 16+ vehicles’
  • National Express Awards 2015, Winner – ‘High Achiever Award – Recognising Long Term Performance Above Standard’
  • Accor Hotels UK 2015, Winner – ‘Partnership Achievement Award’

Company overview

  • Edwards Coaches Ltd established in 1925.
  • Celebrating 90 years in business this year.
  • Operates 210 coaches daily and employ 470 local staff
  • On average carry 7,500 school children daily.
  • 80,000 coach holiday passengers a year.
  • Operates National Express routes from South Wales of around 5 million miles per year.
  • Operates a local service bus service to and from Cardiff.
  • Still family owned and run, now in its 5th generation.
  • 10 Brand new Mercedes-Benz Tourismo Coaches purchased  31 March 2015, costing £2,750,000
  • Edwards Coaches enter the Sunday Times ‘Profit Track 100’ at number 29.