Blackburn’s award-winning bus duo are simply amazing


Meet two of the winners in our first ever Amazing Awards!

Chris Reid and Bill Livesey both picked up prizes in our first Amazing Awards, which were held last week (Thursday 17 November 2016) at the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire. The awards were hosted by Lancashire-born actor and comedy legend Dave Spikey, co-star of Channel Four's hit comedy series Phoenix Nights.

The winners of our prestigious Amazing Awards were nominated directly by their own colleagues, and selected from a shortlist of 34 of our finest teams and individuals, based at our bus depots throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Chris Reid, one of our amazing drivers at The Blackburn Bus Company, was named as our Rising Star of 2016. Chris hasn't been at Blackburn for long, but he's already making a big impact with his enthusiasm and ideas. He loves his work driving on Hotline between Burnley, Blackburn and Preston, but isn't afraid to tackle other work around the business, helping to run our Twitter account alongside his day job. Chris does a great job in encouraging more people to take the bus.

Bill Livesey was selected as Engineer of the Year for his relentless dedication to ensuring our buses run smoothly, with safety a top priority. With a lifetime of devotion to the bus industry, we're extremely lucky to have Bill's enthusiasm and unrivalled engineering skills in our Engineering Support Unit, based in Blackburn.

Our CEO, Alex Hornby, presented the awards alongside Dave Spikey.

Alex said: “Chris and Bill are both worthy winners, and their dedication to delivering a great service is at the very heart of what makes us a successful business. Whether it's driving our customers safely to their destination, making sure our buses are safe and reliable, or providing great support behind the scenes, fantastic people like Chris and Bill make this company the success it is.

“The high standards set by everyone on the shortlist made choosing the eight winners of our first Amazing Awards a challenging task, but an enjoyable one.

“At the heart of our company, we believe in three things - employing people who are happy to work for us, serving people who are proud to be our customers, and creating a business which is innovative and successful.

“Our core values, passion, performance, partnership and commitment shine through every one of our Amazing Awards winners. The Amazing Awards are about celebrating everything that's good about the people who deliver the highest standard of service for our customers, every day.”