Solway Private Hire wins again at Professional Driver QSi Awards
Cumbria company retains its Gold award in the Community category
A night to remember for Britain’s chauffeur and private hire industry
Silloth private hire operator Solway Private Hire has again won a prestigious award in the only national awards for the private hire and chauffeur industry. For the second year running, the company has won the Gold award in the Community Award category of the Professional Driver QSi Awards.
Professional Driver magazine editor Mark Bursa said: “Our Gold QSi Award winner is, once again, Solway Private Hire of Silloth in northern Cumbria. Without the company, the remote seaside town would probably grind to a halt. Solway Private Hire’s only concern to its customers – for example, it continues to take disabled children to school, even when the council hasn’t got round to formalising the contract – or paying the bill.
Mark Bursa continued: “More a family than a business, Solway Private Hire delivers extraordinary service beyond the call of duty – and sorts out the bill over a cup of tea and a chat. That dedication is being rewarded, as the company is growing, adding cars, and recruiting drivers and mechanics. It’s currently buying a local coach company too, safeguarding jobs.”
Professional Driver magazine’s QSi Awards ceremony was a night to remember for the cream of Britain’s chauffeur and private hire operators. The awards, open to every chauffeur and private hire company in the UK, are designed to recognise operators and individuals that demonstrate excellent standards of Quality, Service and Innovation.
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were presented in 10 categories at a thrilling event, held at the Effingham Park Hotel, near Gatwick Airport, hosted by TV motorsports presenter and racing driver Amanda Stretton.
The 10 categories mean there’s something for every size and type of operator, from one-man bands to large fleets. Categories also reward innovations in marketing, environmental performance and local community activities, while a special award – Professional Driver of the Year – singles out a chauffeur or private hire driver who is judged to be the best in the UK.
Mark Bursa said: “The chauffeur and private hire industry has weathered the worst of the economy over the past few years, while making giant leaps forward in quality and professionalism. Our QSi Awards are designed to reward that excellence, and bring the industry together for a night in a celebration of all that’s good about this business.”
Mark Bursa continued: “We were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries, and it was a very tough job to pick our winners. Only very good operators made the short list, so we can be sure our Gold, Silver and Bronze winners are among the very best operators in Britain.”
Professional Driver magazine is the only national publication for the UK’s chauffeur and private hire industry. It is published monthly and is available free of charge to any licensed operator in the UK. For more details, visit www.prodrivermags.com/