Details of the various events organised in connection with the awards
Year 18 - 2013
All about the events that we're organising for the 2013 competition. Our short-list announcement is scheduled for 10 October, and the 2013 Annual Awards Ceremony will take place at the London Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 19 November.
Year 17 - 2012
All about the events which took place during the Olympic Year of 2012, the seveneenth year of the competition. This was launched by chairman John Owen and directors Jamie Cash and Chris Cheek at the Charterered Institute of Logistics and Transport's (CILT) inaugural Bus & Coach Forum Lecture, at Fit for London at Stratford International Station on 22 March. The short-list announcement took place in London Docklands on 27 September and the presentation ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on 20 November.
Year 16 - 2011
The 16th year of the competition took place against a period of economic uncertainty as public spending was cut and consumer spending came under immense pressure. Even so, it was a record year for entries, with over 250 nominations being received. The short-list announcement took place in Nottingham on 14th September, and Bus Users UK chair Gillian Merron presented the prizes to the winners at the London Hilton Hotel on 29 November.
Year 15 - 2010
The 15th annual competition took place against the background of a General Election, a new coalition Government and continued economic uncertainty. Even so, our entry level was once again above the 200 mark.
The Annual Conference was held at the University of Warwick to allow delegates to visit the award-winning PrimeLines partnership project, and the Presentation Ceremony was attended by over 670 people, once more at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane.
Year 14 - 2009
The 14th annual competition took place against the background of the biggest economic downturn for 60 years, but nevertheless attracted a new record number of entries - 210 in total.
The Annual Conference was held at Homerton College, Cambridge. As well as a superb visit to the Cambridgeshire Busway, delegates enjoyed an excellent conference including a conference dinner which was addressed by Wellglade chairman Brian King. The Presentation Ceremony "went home", returning to the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, where the awards were presented by Anthony Smith, chief executive of Passenger Focus, the passenger watchdog which assumed responsibility for buses as well as trains in April 2010.
Year 13 - 2008
The 13th annual competition saw several innovations, including the rebranding of the seminar as the UKBA Annual Conference. This was held in Dartford to enable delegates to see the award-winning Fastrack BRT system. The Presentation Ceremony moved to its largest ever venue, Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, and an audience of over 720 people heard transport minister Paul Clark MP praise the achievements of all the winners and finalists. The awards were presented by the very distinguished transport professional Dr David Quarmby, chairman of the Independent Transport Commission and former MD of London Buses.
Year 12 - 2007
The twelfth annual competition saw a short-list announcement and seminar at Aston University, together with a move for the presentation ceremony to Old Billingsgate in the City of London.
The event attracted our largest ever audience, with over 830 people crammed into the venure to be greeted by transport minister Rosie Winterton. The awards presented by Olympic transport boss Hugh Sumner. A considerable PR coup was achieved that year, when BBC1's top rated magazine programme "The One Show" broadcast live from the venue, and our Top London Bus Driver Danny Tiwari featured in an extended portrait for the BBC World Service "Outlook" programme.
Year 11 - 2006
A hugely successful quality bus seminar at Aston University accompanied the announcement of the short-list, whilst the Presentation Ceremony was held at the London Hilton Hotel.
Transport Minister Gillian Merrion spoke at the event, and won many friends for her enthusiasm both for the industry as a whole and for the UK Bus Awards and what the scheme tries to do.
The awards were presented by another long-standing friend of the industry, former transport minister and London mayoral candidate Steven Norris.