Christmas Jumper Day Takes Over Edwards Coaches

Edwards Coaches have recently taken part in the country wide Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for the Text Santa Campaign comprising of Macmillan, Make-a-wish and Save the Children.

Employees from their 6 travel shops and headquarters in Llantwit Fardre near Pontypridd took part in the day raising a grand total of £172.50 for the respective charities. Some of the highlights included jumpers with flashing lights, animal prints and even 3 dimensional jumpers.

Alongside encouraging employees to send in their photos from across the Edwards Travel Shops, the staff at Llantwit Fardre created a photo with the staff saluting, showing support for the troops and those at the Ministry of Defence. The MOD have recently launched a social media campaign involving companies sending in photos with their staff saluting the armed forces, creating a large collage which will be handed to the forces.

Edwards Coaches Named in Top 300 Welsh Companies

Edwards Coaches of Llantwit Fardre, South Wales have recently been listed in the top 300 Welsh Companies. In a list compiled by Cardiff Metropolitan University, with support from Creditsafe and published by Wales Online, the list looks at the top 300 companies who are based across Wales.

Edwards Coaches comes in at number 200 in the list, an impressive achievement for a family run company, now in its 5th generation of ownership. The recognition of this achievement adds to what is an already impressive year for awards at Edwards Coaches. Having won 17 awards throughout 2015, it really has been a special 90th anniversary for the company.

Going into 2016, Edwards Coaches are looking forward to their 91st year of operating, running trips across the UK & Europe. Highlights include transporting Welsh Football fans to the Euro 2016 Football tournament and being a part of Her Majesty the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Edwards Coaches and Santa Visit Ysgol Ty Coch

On Thursday 17th December, Edwards Coaches of Llantwit Fardre paid a visit to Ysgol Ty Coch in Tonteg, Pontypridd. Alongside Owen Smith MP and Mick Antoniw AM, the visit was in conjunction with an Edwards Coaches sponsored competition whereby the Children were encouraged to design a Christmas card, for Owen and Mick to send from their respective constituencies.

The winning entry was designed by Keely Ricketts of Ty Coch and she was presented on Thursday morning with a printed copy of her card design, beside the 3 runners-up. Along with announcing the winning entrant from the competition, Edwards Coaches were there to surprise the children with a visit from Santa Claus, presenting them with a range of chocolate selection boxes.

Driver of the Edwards Coach, Tony O’Keefe came in on his day off from work to drive the coach to the School in Tonteg, greeting the children with Santa on board. The children of Ysgol Ty Coch and the staff of Edwards Coaches had a very enjoyable morning and one which they’ll remember for years to come.

Wynne Evans ar Waith Release Charity Single

Edwards Coaches of Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd are extremely proud to have 8 employees as part of the “Wynne Evans at Work Choir”. The charity project, set up by Wynne Evans of ‘Go Compare’ fame, was seen as an ambitious one to create a choir, purely from some of South Wales’ largest employers.

Included in the choir were employees from Edwards Coaches, Arriva Trains Wales and Welsh Water respectively. The song of choice, entitled, ‘Cân Heb ei Chanu’ translated to ‘A Song not Sung’ was recorded at the famous Monmouth Rockfield Studios, where bands such as Queen, Oasis and The Manic Street Preachers have previously recorded.

The song, specifically written for the project by Hywel Gwynfryn and composed by Robert Arwyn is available to download online now with all proceeds raised donated to Tenovus, Wales’ leading cancer charity. In January, a TV series will begin following the creation of the choir right through from the audition stage to the recording and release. The first episode of the series will be shown on S4C at 7:30pm on Wednesday 13th January 2016.

Edwards Customers Reward Staff Members

At Edwards Coaches, they take pride in their customers and value what they have to say. Every now and again, businesses get a reminder of just how important the relationship between an employee and customer is.

In November 2015, Europe was rocked by Terrorism, affecting travel across Europe particularly France and Belgium. At Edwards Coaches, more than 80,000 people travel across the UK and Europe each year, so immediately the attacks across the channel had an impact on the holiday stream of Edwards. Right away, concerns were raised across European destinations as question marks were put over the tours as to whether or not they would run.

One Group who had planned a group travel trip to Brussels immediately had concerns over safety and travelling across to Europe. Not to be outdone in the face of adversity, they were determined to rearrange the Brussels Christmas Shopping trip for somewhere in the United Kingdom. The two travel group consultants who handled the booking at Edwards Coaches, Mel and Alysha, were more than happy to oblige and recommended a trip to Leeds City Centre to carry out their shopping.

Following the successful trip to Leeds, Mel and Alysha received a huge Bouquet of flowers from their customer, showing gratitude and appreciation for handling the situation in such a professional manner.

Edwards and Lombard Finance in a Short Film by The Times

Edwards Coaches, a family run business now in their 5th generation of ownership are a Coach Holiday company based in South Wales. As 2015 represents their 90th year of operation, Edwards Coaches have plenty of reason to be in celebratory mood. Tuesday 1st of December marks the release of the ‘The Times’ Newspaper short film documentary on the partnership between Edwards Coaches and Lombard Finance, the Asset Finance arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The partnership between Edwards Coaches and Lombard, has allowed Edwards Coaches to grow the fleet further than ever before, helping to finance and fulfil their demand for new Executive Coaches. Now with 210 vehicles on the road everyday, covering a staggering 11 million miles annually, Edwards Coaches has established a great base within the heart of South Wales. With Holidays travelling across the UK and Europe wide including pick up routes across the M4 corridor, The Forest of Dean and Welsh Borders, M25 and the M20 for European Holidays, this allows the business to increase their reach, outside of South Wales. The investment of added Executive Vehicles has also allowed Edwards to add to their many income streams across the business from Local Bus Service, Coach Hire, Groups, Holidays and Ecole, the Educational School Tour providers.

The short documentary was filmed by The Times Newspaper in November 2015 and looked closely at the relationship between the two companies. As well as looking at the established partnership, the film takes a brief look into behind the scenes at Edwards Coaches from the workshop to the front of house Travel Consultants.

Travelling in the renowned Red Dragon Coach, famed for transporting the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) team, Jason Edwards FCILT talks about the growth of Edwards Coaches over the years and how they have helped the local economy grow. Contributing over £9 million per year to the local economy, Edwards Coaches employ 470 staff, the majority of which are based within South Wales.

The release of the documentary has now gone live on The Times website and can be viewed here, http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/assetfinance/article4629074.ece