Stars in their eyes - double triumphs for Capstar and Tristar at Professional Driver QSi Awards
Capstar Chauffeurs, established last year to give wounded ex-servicemen a chance of a new career as chauffeurs, has won two Gold awards at the prestigious annual Professional Driver Magazine QSi (Quality, Service and Innovation) Awards.
Capstar won Gold in both the New-Start Business and Chauffeur Operator (11-30 vehicles) categories, as well as picking up a Bronze award in the Marketing category.
Capstar runs a fleet of mainly Jaguar cars in central London, and only employs ex-military drivers and support staff. It was started in 2013 by former Army officers Rob Bassett-Cross and Charlie Bowmont.
“The judges were unanimous in their choice in both categories,” said Mark Bursa, editor of Professional Driver magazine. “Providing services of the highest quality while at the same time helping ex-service personnel find a new career in civvy street is a brilliant idea, and superbly put into practice.”
Capstar wasn’t the only major operator to come away from the awards with two Gold medals. Tristar Worldwide followed up its success in 2013 by winning Gold in both the Chauffeur Operator (31-plus vehicles) category and the Marketing category.
“Tristar Worldwideis still the class of the field,” said Mark Bursa. “Setting and raising the standards for the executive chauffeuring market not just in the UK, but around the world, while presenting a polished, professional image right across the business.”
The Professional Driver QSi (Quality Service and Innovation) Awards are the only national awards for the growing UK private hire and chauffeur industry.