In order to enter the UK Bus Awards yourself or nominate somebody else, you need to complete an official UK Bus Awards nomination form, which can be downloaded below. There are 19 categories in which you can enter, so if you are unsure as to which one is right for your organisation or project, please look at this year's Categories and Criteria.
Links to other useful pages about entering:
- Categories and Criteria (download as pdf here)
- Guidance Notes on completing entry forms (download as pdf here)
- Conditions of Entry
- Judges' Tips on Entering (download as pdf here)
The closing date for this year's competition was Friday 14th June 2019, except the two London categories which was Friday 9th August.
What happens after entering
When you have returned you nomination form, you will receive an email to confirm that we have received your entry and your supporting material - don't forget to send this and pictures. Five judging panels will sit across the summer to determine a list of Finalists, will be announced online on October (date to be finalised) and all Finalists will be notified by e-mail and letter. There will also be interview panels for some of the 'people' categories, and mystery travelling begins.
Entrants will not be told if they are a winner. The results will be announced at the glittering 24th UK Bus Awards Presentation Ceremony to be held at Troxy in London on Tuesday 19th November.
Taking on board comments made by judges last summer, at the Stakeholders meeting at the end of last year, and other comments from individual entrants, we have conducted a major review of the entry forms, the questions asked and how they are scored, alongside the categories themselves. We've also introduced a new 'free flow' entry form as a trial for one category.
- Some entrants found that splitting the categories into four sections was confusing, so all categories are now listed alphabetically on one page of the website.
- A new Cultural Change category has been introduced with a new type of entry form. Rather than prescriptively specify a number of headings, there is a 'free flow' section for the descriptive text with suggestions on what entrants may want to include information on. The format is being tested for this year and feedback will be gathered from entrants, judges and other stakeholders. If widely liked, the format may be extended to other categories in 2020.
- The Putting Passengers First category has been removed as there was confusion amongst entrants between this and the Making Buses a Better Choice category.
- All sections, and the number of marks allocated to each, have been reviewed and updated for all categories, taking on board the comments of stakeholders, and in particular, last year's judging panels.
- Title of some categories have been tweaked to make them more consistent.
- Fonts and styles have been updated to make the nomination forms more readable.
- The built in word count has been updated to make it clearer how to use it.
- Judging panels have been re-organised and re-constituted.
What hasn't changed is that there is still a maximum word limit of 2,000 words. The marks allocated for each section are shown on the form. You will lose marks if you do not answer each section and if you exceed the 2,000 word limit. By typing in the grey boxes in the nomination forms, type face and size will be consistent which makes life easier for our judges.
Download 2019 nomination forms below
Right click and download the form onto your machine. As entries have now closed, the categories are listed for information.
- Bus and the Community
- Cultural Change (NEW for 2019 and with new 'free flow' nomination form)
- Engineer of the Year
- Leader of the Year
- London Bus Garage of the Year
- Luke Rees-Pulley Award for Top London Bus Driver
- Making Buses a Better Choice
- Marketing Initiative of the Year
- New Horizons
- ROSCO Award for Innovation in Road Safety
- Services to the Bus Industry (no entry form - awarded by the Management Committee)
- Sustained Marketing Excellence
- Top National Bus Depot
- Top National Bus Driver
- UK Bus Operator of the Year (selected from the winners of the three categories below):
- Top City Operator
- Top Independent Operator
- Top Shire Operator
- Unsung Heroes
- Young Manager of the Year