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QSi Results 2019

 

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Private Hire Company of the Year, 1-80 vehicles

Gold – Your Local Car, Camberley

Silver – OnCue Transport, London

Bronze – Castle Cars, Tonbridge

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QSi Your Local Car

Our Gold winner impressed the judges with its incredible focus on service within its relatively small operating area. It promotes services and businesses within the towns it serves. Its drivers are local people and the service on offer is personal and professional. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Camberley’s Your Local Car.

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Our Silver winner is a highly specialised operator that fulfils a vital and an extremely demanding job of transporting people with medical or mobility needs. This year the company has launched a new corporate image and a growing fleet of 35 specialist vehicles for healthcare work. Congratulations to OnCue Transport.

QSi Castle Cars

Our Bronze award winner is a company that has been no stranger to this stage - a highly professional company that works with local authorities and charities to improve the taxi service in its area. For the sixth time since 2013, it’s another QSi Award for Tonbridge’s Castle Cars. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold        Location Cars, London
Silver       Castle Cars, Tonbridge
Silver       Pryors, Didcot

2017

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot
Silver      Cabs Smart, Ipswich
Silver      Location Cars, London
Bronze    Castle Cars, Tonbridge

2016

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot
Silver      Castle Cars, Tonbridge
Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

 

2015

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot
Silver      Alpha Executive Cars, Bury St Edmunds
Bronze    Castle Cars, Tonbridge

2014

Gold       Pryors Cars, Didcot
Silver      Castle Cars, Tonbridge
Bronze    On Time Travel, Warrington

2013

Gold       On Time Travel, Warrington
Silver      Cloud Cars, Nottingham
Bronze    Bolton Airport Transfers, Bolton

 


 

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Private Hire Company of the Year, 81+ vehicles

Gold – Radio Taxis, Southampton

Silver – Street Cars, Manchester

Bronze – Veezu, Newport

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QSi Radio Taxis

Our Gold winner is Radio Taxis Southampton, a company that combines a real focus on local service with a passion for innovation. Radio Taxis pays specific attention to the needs of all its customers, from students to corporate clients – and its drivers. Initiatives include a customer reward scheme, free Christmas travel for emergency services staff, a students’ get home safe scheme and even a website to help any operator in the UK source products and consumables.

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The Silver award goes to last year’s Gold winner in tis category. Manchester’s Street Cars has built on its strong position in its home city, adding a new dimension to its service by taking over the massive local airport contract.

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Our Bronze award goes to Veezu, a massive operator with innovation at its core. Veezu is driving consolidation in the industry, creating huge regional hubs, investing in technology and driver training. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold       Street Cars, Manchester
Silver      Royal Cars, Oxford
Bronze   Green Tomato Cars London

2017

Gold       Parker Car Service, London
Silver      Royal Cars, Oxford
Bronze    Carrot Cars, London

2016

Gold       Addison Lee, London
Silver      Parker Car Service, London
Bronze    GLH, London

 

2015

Gold       Phoenix Taxis, Blyth
Silver      Parker Car Service, London
Bronze    Addison Lee, London

2014

Gold       Phoenix Taxis, Blyth
Silver      GLH, London
Bronze    Greentomato Cars, London

2013

Gold       GLH, London
Silver      The Keen Group, London
Bronze    Climatecars, London 

 


 

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Environmental Award

Gold – DG Group, Nottingham

Silver – 001 Taxis, Oxford

Bronze – GLH, London

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QSi DG Group

Our industry is in the firing line as local authorities bring in tough clean air policies. As a result, operators are having to take the green side of their business very seriously indeed.

Our Gold winner has worked with its city council to help define and implement the local environmental policy. In a truly ground-breaking deal, it has installed a multi-vehicle electric car charging hub at its head office – not just for its own fleet, but open to the public. Our outstanding Gold QSi winner is Nottingham’s DG Group.

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Our Silver winner has also been at the vanguard of introducing a cleaner fleet in its home city. Oxford’s 001 Taxis  also carries out an extensive carbon offsetting programme, planting a tree for every car on its fleet. And it even encourages staff to walk or cycle to work.

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Our Bronze winner has demonstrated a long-term commitment to reducing its environmental impact. North London-based GLH was an early adopter of hybrids, and now electric cars, but beyond that it addresses the issue of sustainability throughout its operations, and lets its customers know what it’s doing. And it has maintained its strike record of at least one QSi Award in every year since we started the awards in 2013! 

ROLL OF HONOUR

2018

Gold       Green Tomato Cars, London
Silver      DG Cars, Nottingham
Bronze    Parker Car Service, London

2017

Gold       Addison Lee, London
Silver      Green Tomato Cars, London
Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

2016

Gold       Addison Lee, London
Silver      eConnect Cars, London
Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham
Bronze    GLH, London

 

2015

Gold       eConnect Cars, London
Silver      Addison Lee, London
Bronze    Go Green Taxis, Didcot 

2014

Gold       eConnect Cars, London
Silver      Phoenix Taxis, Blyth
Bronze    Green Tomato Cars, London

2013

Gold       Climatecars, London
Silver      GLH, London
Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

 

 


 

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New-Start Operator Award

Gold – Driven By Liberty, Manchester

Silver – OnCue Transport, London

Bronze – Tadley Cars, Tadley

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QSi Driven by Liberty

The New-Start Operator Award aims to reward private hire, taxi and chauffeur businesses that have only recently become established in the market. It’s open to companies that have either started operating or undergone a major change of management or direction since the start of 2015.

Our Gold winner only launched this April, but has delivered a textbook case study in how to do everything right, from stylish branding to car choice - and of course employing highly professional chauffeurs. Since then, Driven By Liberty has built a fleet of nine luxury cars and a growing list of blue-chip clients in the north-west.

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The Silver award goes to a company that went through a major rebranding exercise 12 months ago to focus on providing specialised services to the healthcare sector in London. OnCue Transport’s service has been so successful that it is struggling to find enough suitable vehicles.

QSi Tadley Cars

Our Bronze winner was inspired to set up a car service when he moved to a new town and tried to order a taxi. On being told it would be a three-hour wait, Gary Squires knew there was a big opportunity. He started Tadley Cars last year and the business is thriving through offering a friendly, local village taxi service, with two cars and plans to add more. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold       Excel Executive, London
Silver      Wayland Executive Cars, Watton
Bronze    AZ Luxe, London

2017

Gold       Orion Luxury, London
Silver      London Luxury Chauffeuring, London
Bronze    Myhills Mini Coaches, Cambridge

2016

Gold       Alpha Executive Cars, Bury St Edmunds
Silver      Near and Far, Fakenham
Bronze    EA Chauffeurs, Byfleet

 

2015

Gold       eConnect Cars, London
Silver      Portfolio Executive, Woking
Bronze    Alpha Executive Cars , Bury St Edmunds 

2014

Gold       Capstar Chauffeurs, London
Silver      Park Executive, Sunderland
Bronze    London SilverBlack, London

 

 


 

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Community Award

Gold – Royal Cars, Oxford

Silver – Veezu, Newport

Bronze – GLH, London
Bronze – Street Cars, Manchester

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QSi Royal Cars

The QSi Community Award aims to reward those operators that make an extraordinary effort to provide an exceptional service for local businesses and organisations.

Our Gold winner doesn’t just support its local community of Oxford – it does that in the form of support for hospitals, sports teams and local children’s charities.

But Royal Cars is a company with broad horizons – its community is the world! The company funds doctors and even refuse collection in the remote Pakistani villages where the grandparents of the company’s owners were brought up. And when it found that a driver was sending most of his wages to Sierra Leone in Africa to fund a school, the company chipped in, and has built a well in the same village.

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Our Silver Community award is tinged with sadness. Veezu raised a staggering £50,000 to support Childline - just by donating 1p from every app booking during a 13-month period. The initiative was the idea of company CEO Joel Hope-Bell, who tragically passed away from cancer last year.

QSi GLH 2

This category is so popular that we’ve decided to award two Bronzes this year. Our first winner provides non-emergency transport for hospitals and safe travel for disabled or special needs students, providing special training for all its drivers to ensure the highest standards. GLH will be adding another shelf to its trophy cabinet!

QSi Street Cars 2

The second Bronze award goes to the company that won this category in 2017. Manchester’s Street Cars has a great track record in local initiatives. It supports local charities and sports teams, as well as major local events – everything from Ramadan to Pride. And a work experience scheme gives young people a first taste of the workplace. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold       GLH, London
Silver       Q Despatch, London
Bronze    Royal Cars, Oxford

2017

Gold       Street Cars, Manchester
Silver      GLH, London
Bronze    Solway Private Hire, Silloth

2016

Gold       Solway Private Hire, Silloth
Silver      Castle Cars, Tonbridge
Bronze    GLH, London

 

2015

Gold       Solway Private Hire, Silloth
Silver      GLH, London
Bronze    Argyle Taxis, Birkenhead

2014

Gold       Solway Private Hire, Silloth
Silver      GLH, London
Bronze    Posh Limousines, Stoke-on-Trent

2013

Gold       Fylde Executive, Blackpool
Silver      Pryors, Didcot
Bronze    GLH, London

 


 

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Marketing Award

Gold – Station Taxis, Sunderland

Silver – 001 Taxis, Oxford

Bronze – Street Cars, Manchester

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QSi Station Taxis

Which companies promote their operations in the most creative and original way? The QSi Award for Marketing aims to find out. The judges were looking for Chauffeur, taxi or Private Hire operators, large or small, that make use of innovative or creative marketing and advertising across a range of media, and can show how this has improved their businesses.

How do you really stand out from the crowd? Our Gold QSi Marketing winner has certainly found a formula that works, generating hundreds of thousands of social media hits and a massive improvement in customer engagement.

What’s the secret? Singing drivers! A “cabpool karaoke “ initiative has worked wonders for Sunderland’s Station Taxis – and the company has backed this up with support for charities, hospitals and strong digital marketing.

Qsi 001 Taxis 2

Our Silver winner couples a scientific approach to building its online presence with great partnerships in and around its city, with universities, shopping centres, hotels and festivals. Innovation and creativity spell Silver for Oxford’s 001 Taxis

QSi Street Cars 3

Our Bronze winner has been here before. Manchester’s Street Cars took its third 2019 QSi Award thanks to has a meticulous approach and a highly original style of advertising, coupled with strong use of social media and an investment in app and kiosk technology.

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold        Street Cars, Manchester
Silver       Radio Taxis, Southampton
Bronze    Royal Cars, Oxford

2017

Gold       GLH, London
Silver      Addison Lee, London
Bronze    Go Green Taxis, Didcot

2016

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot
Silver      Addison Lee, London
Bronze    Airport Lynx, Cambridgeshire

 

2015

Gold       Spotty Cars, London
Silver      Addison Lee, London
Bronze    Airport Lynx, Cambridge

2014

Gold       Tristar Worldwide, London
Silver      White 7, Shrewsbury
Bronze    Capstar Chauffeurs, London

2013

Gold       White 7, Shrewsbury
Silver      Reliance Worldwide, London
Bronze    Tristar Worldwide, London

 


 

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Chauffeur Company of the Year (1-10 vehicles)

Gold – Belgraves of London, Sutton

Silver – Smart City Prestige, London 

Bronze – Drive Arrive, Huntingdon 
Bronze – MET Chauffeur Services, Erskine

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QSi Belgraves

This is always a closely-fought category in the QSi Awards. The judges find this is always one of the hardest categories to call.

Winning Gold in this category is a tough ask. Ultimately, could anybody top last year’s winner? And despite an incredibly high standard, the answer was no. Taking its standards to another level of detail, differentiation, and consistency, our Gold winner is once again Belgraves of London.

QSi Smart City Prestige

Our Silver QSi winner is a company that focused on weddings and events – but Smart City Prestige has now taken its high standards of driver training and meticulous approach into the corporate sector, where it is already picking up top-quality clients.

QSi MET Chauffeur Services

Once again, our judges couldn’t get down to three, so we have two Bronze winners. This year we have seen a strong entry from north of the border, and our first Bronze award goes to MET Chauffeur Services of Erskine, a Scottish firm high standards, a first-rate website and a strong focus on business travel, airport work and tours.

QSi Drive Arrive

Our second Bronze winner is a two-car business in a rural part of the country that offers an exceptional standard of personal customer service, tailoring its offering to each customer’s needs. Huntingdon-based Drive Arrive also runs a Facebook group that allows operators to work together and fill “dead legs”. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold        Belgraves of London, Sutton
Silver        MET Chauffeur Services, Erskine
Bronze     Orion Luxury Services, London
Bronze     AZ Luxe, London

2017

Gold       Orion Luxury, London
Silver      Cole Executive Hire, Malmesbury
Bronze    Chauffeur Travel, Bath

2016

Gold       Alpha Executive Cars, Bury St Edmunds
Silver      MLC Chauffeurs, Chorley
Bronze    Driving Force, Tunbridge Wells
Bronze    Home James, Birmingham

 

2015

Gold       Chirton Grange, Rochester
Silver      Near and Far, Fakenham
Bronze    Park Executive, Sunderland

2014

Gold       Park Executive, Sunderland
Silver      Elite Chauffeur Services, Edinburgh
Bronze    Chirton Grange, Rochester

2013

Gold       Parkers Executive, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Silver      Driving Force, Tunbridge Wells
Bronze    Location Chauffeurs, South Mimms 

 


 

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Chauffeur Company of the Year (11-30 vehicles)

Gold – Fylde Executive Cars, Blackpool

Silver – iChauffeur, London

Bronze – Embassy Cars, London

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QSi Fylde Executive

The mid-size Chauffeur Company category has traditionally been dominated by growing, business-focused operators, and this year’s shortlist is no exception.

It’s taken a special effort to topple last year’s winner. Lancashire’s Fylde Executive Cars was a Gold winner back in our first year of the QSi awards – and the company has developed rather impressively since then.

A strong brand, a growing affiliate programme and an impressive driver training programme would probably be enough on its own – but the company bought a struggling local taxi firm in 2017, adding a second tier of service to its offering.

QSi iChauffeur

A strong focus on driver training and retention, plus a highly strategic and innovative approach brought a Gold QSi Award in this category last year for 2019’s Silver winner. iChauffeur has since then improved its level of service, so it now operates 24/7. And the company’s growing international affiliate programme has widened its global reach.

QSi Embassy Cars

Our Bronze winner still just in this category – but Embassy Cars’ growing fleet and customer base, and increasing focus on events, are likely to elevate it into the big league at some stage. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold       iChauffeur, London
Silver      Embassy Cars, London
Bronze    Herts Executive, Welwyn Garden City

2017

Gold       iChauffeur, London
Silver      Driven UK, Horley
Bronze    Herts Executive, Welwyn Garden City

2016

Gold       Airport Lynx, Cambridge
Silver      Auto Executive Corporate Travel, Redcar
Bronze    Driven UK, Horley

 

2015

Gold       Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham
Silver      Capstar Chauffeurs, London
Bronze    Airport Lynx, Cambridge
Bronze    Home James, Birmingham

2014

Gold       Capstar Chauffeurs, London
Silver      Airport Lynx, Cambridge
Bronze    England Limousines, London

2013

Gold       Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham
Silver      Fylde Executive, Blackpool
Bronze    England Limousines, London

 


 

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Chauffeur Company of the Year (31+ vehicles)

Gold – Little’s, Glasgow

Silver – Excel Executive, London

Bronze – Driven Worldwide, London

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QSi Littles

This is another tough category, where Quality and Service are a given – so it’s often down to Innovation to decide the medals.

Our outstanding Gold winner is a company with a highly distinctive brand – you’ll not mistake Little’s burgundy cars for a rival’s vehicles. Growth has been almost as impressive as its driver retention levels, while a focus on new vehicles means the company has one of the cleanest fleets in its home city. Showing Glasgow what a quality chauffeur company looks like, please congratulate Little’s.

QSi Excel Executive

A focus on events is at the core of our Silver winner’s business. A major change of ownership and focus two years ago has paid dividends for Excel Executive, giving the company the confidence to grow – even running events hundreds of miles from its home base. Throw great driver training and technology into the mix, and it’s a winning formula.

QSi Driven Worldwide

Our Bronze award goes to a consistent performer that has won this category in the past. The judges were this year impressed with Driven Worldwide’s strong focus on driver and customer loyalty, and the impressive new systems, including a structured career path for all drivers. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold    Airport Lynx, Cambridge

Silver  Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham

Bronze Driven Worldwide, London

2017

Gold       Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham
Silver      Brunel, London
Bronze    Little’s Chauffeur Drive, Glasgow
Bronze    Premiere Chauffeur Drive, London

2016

Gold       Driven Worldwide, London
Silver      Premiere Chauffeur Drive, London
Bronze    Tristar Worldwide, London

 

2015

Gold       Driven Worldwide, London
Silver      Tristar Worldwide, London
Bronze    Parker Car Service, London

2014

Gold       Tristar Worldwide, London
Silver      Driven Worldwide, London
Bronze    BCH London, London

2013

Gold       Tristar Worldwide, London
Silver      Cabot Global, London
Bronze    Brunel, London

 


  

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Professional Driver of the Year

Gold – Scott Phillpot, Belgraves of London

Silver – Steve Sommerfeld, Marshalls of Cambridge

Silver – Peter Conisbee, Drive Arrive

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QSi Scott Phillpot

The final category of the Professional Driver QSi Awards is our Flagship Award – Professional Driver of the Year.

The Award is for an individual private hire driver or chauffeur, who provides the absolute highest standard of service, in terms of driving skills, customer service, personality, and ability to represent their company.

Our Gold winner is a chauffeur who has worked his way up through a career as a garage mechanic, and RAC breakdown van driver and a fleet manager before becoming a chauffeur seven years ago.

It’s only fitting that one of the best companies of 2019 has the best driver – our Professional Driver of the Year is Scott Phillpot, from Belgraves of London.

Always prepared to go the extra mile and unflappably coping with difficult situations, Scott is described by his company boss in glowing terms: “He genuinely feels great joy if a customer has enjoyed their experience with him, His pride and dedication to the job is second to none.”

QSi Steve Sommerfeld

Our Silver winner is one of the most experienced chauffeurs in the business. Steve Sommerfeld has run highly-regarded companies, trained chauffeurs to NVQ level, and currently manages a team of high-level corporate chauffeurs to the highest standard for Marshalls of Cambridge.

In a previous life Steve has received a QSi Award before, and in addition to his day job, he has set up a professional body that is helping to raise chauffeuring standards across the industry.

His employer, Marshalls of Cambridge, says: “His professional attributes embody the example of a well-rounded, dedicated and experienced chauffeur.”

QSi Peter Conisbee

Our Bronze award goes to a man who has only been a chauffeur for less than two years. But Peter Conisbee’s expertise as a former – and decorated – police officer has given him the ability to cope with any situation.

His company owner at Drive Arrive describes him as “a natural and outstanding chauffeur” and “a popular, caring and capable professional”. 

Roll of Honour

2018

Gold       Paul Garratt, Excel Executive
Silver      Terry McCann, Herts Executive
Bronze    Stuart Johnson, Wayland Executive Cars

2017

Gold       Hilary Hutchinson, Lakeland Chauffeurs
Silver      Simon Peacock, Capstar Chauffeurs
Bronze    Marc Brodie, GLH
Bronze    Bogdan Tepes, Herts Executive

2016

Gold       Andrew Matthews, Alpha Executive Cars
Silver      Paul Bhamra, Tristar Worldwide
Bronze    Michael Browne, Driven Worldwide

 

2015

Gold       Danny Richards, Capstar Chauffeurs
Silver      Hilary Hutchinson, Lakeland Chauffeurs
Bronze    Paul Stanley, Tristar Worldwide

2014

Gold       Eric Bonful, Greentomato Cars
Silver      Kevin Willis, Chirton Grange
Bronze    Paul Alleman, Tristar Worldwide
Bronze    Clive Pearce, England Limousines

2013

Gold       Robert Mroczek, England Limousines
Silver      Andrew Fowler, Location Chauffeurs
Bronze    Maurice Holman, Tristar Worldwide

 

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Professional Driver QSi Awards 2019 – the finalists

Our judging panel has spent the past week going through all the entries for the Professional Driver QSi Awards with a fine-tooth comb. And we’re delighted to reveal the final selection for all 10 categories.

If you’re on the list, many congratulations – getting this far is a mighty fine achievement. Now we’ll convene the panel to choose our Gold, Silver or Bronze QSi Award winners.

But the only way to find out if you’ve won is to book your place at the Professional Driver QSi Awards dinner on Thursday, November 21 – when we’ll announce the winners. It’s a great party and network opportunity, and we’ll also be revealing the winners of  Professional Driver’s 2019 Car of the Year Awards on the night.

Private Hire Company of the Year (1-80 vehicles)

A1 Taxis Barnstaple
Castle Cars Tonbridge
OnCue Transport   London
Location Cars London
Your Local Car Camberley

Private Hire Company of the Year (81+ vehicles)

001 Taxis Oxford
Brunel London
DG Group Nottingham
Excel Executive London
GLH London
Go Green Taxis Didcot
Parker Car Service   London
Radio Taxis Southampton
Royal Cars Oxford
Street Cars Manchester
Veezu Newport

Chauffeur Company of the Year (1-10 vehicles)

AZ Luxe London
Belgraves of London Sutton
Compass Chauffeur Forfar
Drive Arrive Huntingdon
Driven by Liberty Glossop
East of Scotland Chauffeur Edinburgh
LDN Chauffeur Worldwide New Malden
Let me drive you Andover
London Luxury Chauffeuring   London
MET Chauffeur Services Erskine
Renaissance Chauffeur Kettering
Smart City Prestige London
Worldwide Chauffeur Drive Slough

Chauffeur Company of the Year (11-30 vehicles)

Embassy Cars London
Fylde Executive Blackpool
Global Chauffeur   London
Herts Executive Welwyn Garden City
iChauffeur London

Chauffeur Company of the Year (31+ vehicles)

Airport Lynx Cambridge
Excel Executive London
Brunel London
DG Cars Nottingham
Driven Worldwide   London
Little’s Glasgow

New-start Operator

Driven by Liberty Glossop
LDN Chauffeur Worldwide   New Malden
OnCue Transport London
Renaissance Chauffeur Kettering
Tadley Cars Tadley

Community Award

001 Taxis Oxford
Castle Cars Tonbridge
GLH London
Let me drive you Andover
OnCue Transport London
Radio Taxis Southampton   Southampton
Royal Cars Oxford
Street Cars Manchester
Veezu Newport

Marketing Award

001 Taxis Oxford
AZ Luxe London
DG Cars Nottingham
Drive Arrive Huntingdon
London Luxury Chauffeuring   London
Radio Taxis Southampton
Royal Cars Oxford
Station Taxis Sunderland
Street Cars Manchester

Environment Award

001 Taxis Oxford
DG Cars Nottingham
GLH London
Go Green Taxis   Didcot
Little’s Glasgow
Royal Cars Oxford
Street Cars Manchester

Professional Driver of the Year

Scott Philpott Belgraves of London
Bektas Kinli Bounds Taxis
Peter Conisbee Drive Arrive
Sanjay Odedra Herts Executive
Christopher Jackson   Let me drive you
Richard Perez London Luxury Chauffeuring
Steve Sommerfeld Marshalls of Cambridge
Fraser McCarthy MET Chauffeur Services
Andy Woodhouse Tadley Cars

QSi Results 2018

 

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Private Hire Company of the Year, 1-80 vehicles

Gold – Location Cars, London

Silver – Castle Cars, Tonbridge

Silver – Pryors, Didcot 

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The taxi and private hire operator can be the lifeblood of the local community. The standards this year were extremely high – so we decided to award two Silvers rather than a Silver and a Bronze. Indeed, it was very hard to separate the top three.

The first of our two Silvers went to a company that won Gold in this category in 2014. Pryors of Didcot is a long-established family firm that has prospered despite facing tough, aggressive local competition.

PD QSi Website SPH Silver David Pryor and Fiona Nichamin

It has achieved this by a focus on quality, reliability and safety, with experienced drivers and 24/7 dedicated customer service. And Pryors has embraced new technology, adding an app as well as a customer loyalty scheme.

Our second Silver goes to a company that always features in the final shake-out in this class. Castle Cars of Tonbridge has continued to expand – it now has 30 cars – following a move to new premises.

PD QSi Website SPH Silver Terry and Alyson Hill Castle Cars

The company provides services to the elderly and vulnerable, and its drivers are trained to cope with more demanding customers. In addition, the company’s commendable work for dementia charities came in for special praise.

This year’s Gold award goes to one of London’s oldest surviving private hire firms. Location Cars celebrated 55 years in business this year.

PD QSi Website SPH Gold Terry Moreau Martina Graham and Paul Barter Location Cars

As well as embracing technology and participating in the Cordic “driver pool” system set up in 2017, Location has retained its focus on its core media and fashion sectors. The judges also liked the way Location Cars has started building for the future by hiring apprentices. 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot

Silver      Cabs Smart, Ipswich

Silver      Location Cars, London

Bronze    Castle Cars, Tonbridge

2016

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot

Silver      Castle Cars, Tonbridge

Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

2015

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot

Silver      Alpha Executive Cars, Bury St Edmunds

Bronze    Castle Cars, Tonbridge

 

2014

Gold       Pryors Cars, Didcot

Silver      Castle Cars, Tonbridge

Bronze    On Time Travel, Warrington

2013

Gold       On Time Travel, Warrington

Silver      Cloud Cars, Nottingham

Bronze    Bolton Airport Transfers, Bolton

 


 

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Private Hire Company of the Year, 81+ vehicles

Gold – Street Cars, Manchester

Silver – Royal Cars, Oxford

Bronze – Green Tomato Cars London

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The big private hire fleets have arguably the toughest job of all, under intense pressure from local competition, ride-hailing apps and regulators that are often less than sympathetic.

Our bronze QSi winner, Green Tomato Cars, is renowned for its innovative approach – and with the company founder back at the helm, it is re-establishing itself as the eco-focused fleet that made its reputation, building a fleet of clean, hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirais to market and using telematics to improve the performance of its drivers.

PD QSi Website LPH Bronze Greentomato Cars

It’s a repeat of 2017 for our silver winner, Oxford’s Royal Cars. The company has built on last year’s success, introducing a training programme for drivers, run in conjunction with a major local retail centre. Driver health and welfare has been a major focus, with free NHS health checks being offered to staff.

PD QSi Website LPH Silver Royal Cars

And the company works with local tourist attractions, encouraging its drivers to be ambassadors for the city. The result has been a growth in the company’s fleet, and this has brought about a switch to more hybrid cars.

Our clear winner was last year’s community award champion – Manchester’s Street Cars. As well as exceptional local service, Street Cars has become the go-to company in a crisis. Rail disruptions or Manchester airport taxi strikes have seen Street Cars deploy its fleet to get stranded passengers home- even those living as far away as Scotland.

PD QSi Website LPH Gold Street Cars

The company is asked to deliver results that would be beyond many operators, yet its well-run management – and crucially, loyal drivers – mean it always delivers. An outstanding performance. 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Parker Car Service, London
Silver      Royal Cars, Oxford
Bronze    Carrot Cars, London

2016

Gold       Addison Lee, London
Silver      Parker Car Service, London
Bronze    GLH, London

2015

Gold       Phoenix Taxis, Blyth
Silver      Parker Car Service, London
Bronze    Addison Lee, London

 

2014

Gold       Phoenix Taxis, Blyth
Silver      GLH, London
Bronze    Greentomato Cars, London

2013

Gold       GLH, London
Silver      The Keen Group, London
Bronze    Climatecars, London 

 


 

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New-Start Operator Award

Gold – Excel Executive, London

Silver – Wayland Executive Cars, Watton

Bronze – AZ Luxe, London

Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover
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The New-Start Operator Award aims to reward private hire and chauffeur businesses that have either started operating or undergone a major change of management or direction since the start of 2014.

Our Bronze winner only entered the highly competitive high-end London chauffeur sector last year – but it has already won major contracts and built a fleet of 10 luxury cars. With an acute focus on giving customers what they want – including round-the-clock availability at short notice and chauffeured supercars – AZ Luxe looks set to make a big impact in the capital in coming years.

PD QSi Website NSB Bronze Abbas Zadeh AZ Luxe

Our Silver winner doesn’t have the luxury of a London clientele to build its business around. Wayland Executive Cars operates from a base in rural Norfolk, and has built a thriving business from a standing start four years ago. It now has eight cars, operates nationally, and rather than competing with local taxi services, Wayland works with them to become the go-to chauffeur firm in the area.

PD QSi Website NSB Silver Wayland Executive Cars

Our Gold winner is an established firm that has been through major changes recently. Until October Excel Executive was the car division of a major courier firm, running on unsuitable courier systems and seen as a “makeweight” business. But the sale of the courier firm to City Sprint changed everything.

PD QSi Website NSB Gold Excel Executive

New systems and a new approach to driver working saw the company grow to the point where last year it was able to buy the chauffeuring arm of another courier specialist, Absolutely – resulting in rapid growth, with turnover up 300% this year.

 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Orion Luxury, London

Silver      London Luxury Chauffeuring, London

Bronze    Myhills Mini Coaches, Cambridge

2016

Gold       Alpha Executive Cars, Bury St Edmunds

Silver      Near and Far, Fakenham

Bronze    EA Chauffeurs, Byfleet

2015

Gold       eConnect Cars, London

Silver      Portfolio Executive, Woking

Bronze    Alpha Executive Cars , Bury St Edmunds 

 

2014

Gold       Capstar Chauffeurs, London

Silver      Park Executive, Sunderland

Bronze    London SilverBlack, London

 

 


 

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Community Award

Gold – GLH, London

Silver – Q Despatch, London

Bronze – Royal Cars, Oxford

Sponsored by Plan Insurance
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The Community Award is designed to reward local heroes – companies that go the extra mile for their regular clients.

Royal Cars, our Bronze winner, gets heavily involved with local charities through sponsorships and fundraising events, and it supports local sports teams – from Oxford United down to school teams. Most impressively, it has acquired 30 wheelchair-accessible VW Caddy taxis to provide an improved service to the handicapped, offering a 10-minute response time in the city.

PD QSi Website COM Bronze Royal Cars

The Silver award goes to a company that has specialised in providing non-emergency transport for NHS Trusts throughout London. With a dedicated fleet and well-trained drivers, Q Despatch is one of a handful of operators registered with the Care Quality Commission.

PD QSi Website COM Silver Q despatch

Our Gold winner has, incredibly, made the final three in this category every year since the QSi Awards started back in 2013, But until this year, GLH had never scooped Community Gold. For an outstanding, deep-rooted involvement with its local north London community, GLH is our champion for 2018.

PD QSi Website COM Gold GLH

Its activities include sponsorships of local schools, local charities aimed at improving anti-social behaviour or low self-esteem among young people, disability charities and help for homeless people. This is all done not as a publicity stunt, but as an integral part of the company’s ethos.

Recent advances include disability and medical training for drivers, and GLH has set up an internal counselling facility for employees, offering advice and support on family issues, debt, work, addictions and legal matters. And every year, the MD makes Christmas dinner for the staff working on Christmas Day. 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Street Cars, Manchester

Silver      GLH, London

Bronze    Solway Private Hire, Silloth

2016

Gold       Solway Private Hire, Silloth

Silver      Castle Cars, Tonbridge

Bronze    GLH, London

2015

Gold       Solway Private Hire, Silloth

Silver      GLH, London

Bronze    Argyle Taxis, Birkenhead

 

2014

Gold       Solway Private Hire, Silloth

Silver      GLH, London

Bronze    Posh Limousines, Stoke-on-Trent

2013

Gold       Fylde Executive, Blackpool

Silver      Pryors, Didcot

Bronze    GLH, London

 


 

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Marketing Award

Gold – Street Cars, Manchester

Silver – Radio Taxis, Southampton

Bronze – Royal Cars, Oxford

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Which companies promote their operations in the most creative and original way? The QSi Marketing Award recognises Chauffeur or Private Hire operators that make effective use of innovative or creative marketing and advertising across a range of media.

This year’s Bronze award goes to Royal Cars of Oxford, which took a long look at its business, asked its customers what they wanted, and then delivered. With strong use of social media, involvement in drink-drive campaigns over the Christmas period, and a fun approach to customer loyalty, Royal Cars is staying ahead in a competitive city.

PD QSi Website MAR Bronze Royal Cars

Sometimes an outstanding idea leaps out of the entry – and that’s the case with our Silver award winner. Radio Taxis of Southampton introduced a special “safely home” scheme for students. They pay a £10 deposit, so if they lose their phone or wallet they can get home safely. Radio Taxis also partners with local businesses and offers client discounts via a loyalty card scheme.

PD QSi Website MAR Silver Radio Taxis

Our Gold winner is Street Cars of Manchester, which takes a truly outstanding – and very entertaining - approach to marketing.

PD QSi Website MAR Gold Street Cars

A well-made online advert showing a romantic couple having to share a cab with a fellow called “Surge” highlighted the downside of a rival’s app service as opposed to Street Cars’ “no surge” service.

Clever initiatives around Valentine’s Day and the World Cup have all increased the company’s visibility, and promotion of its app has taken the fight for app-hailed rides directly to Uber. Street Cars says has never been afraid to stand out, and its marketing supports this.  

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       GLH, London

Silver      Addison Lee, London

Bronze    Go Green Taxis, Didcot

2016

Gold       Go Green Taxis, Didcot

Silver      Addison Lee, London

Bronze    Airport Lynx, Cambridgeshire

2015

Gold       Spotty Cars, London

Silver      Addison Lee, London

Bronze    Airport Lynx, Cambridge

 

2014

Gold       Tristar Worldwide, London

Silver      White 7, Shrewsbury

Bronze    Capstar Chauffeurs, London

2013

Gold       White 7, Shrewsbury

Silver      Reliance Worldwide, London

Bronze    Tristar Worldwide, London

 


 

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Environmental Award

Gold – Green Tomato Cars, London

Silver – DG Cars, Nottingham

Bronze – Parker Car Service, London



 

With Clean Air Zones being set up in many UK cities, and TfL’s controversial ULEZ rules due at the end of next year, companies need to be green.

As a result, we had a very strong entry for this category this year. Our Bronze award goes to a major London operator that is adopting a clear environmental focus. Parker Car Service has eliminated thousands of miles of dead mileage through an innovative ride-pooling system that it has pioneered with other operators. And it is adding hybrid and electric cars to its fleet – including 10 new Jaguar i-Pace EVs.

PD QSi Website ENV Bronze Joe Polley Andy Moss and Neil Martin Parker Car Service

The Silver award goes to another eco-pioneer. Nottingham is one of the cities targeted for Clean Air programmes, and as the largest local taxi firm, DG Cars has switched much of its fleet to hybrid cars. Following a successful pilot, has added a second batch of six Nissan Leaf EVs. It’s targeting a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020. DG Cars’ board was away on urgent business, so Professional Driver editor Mark Bursa presented the award to Street Cars boss Aqeel Arshad on their behalf.

PD QSi Website ENV Silver DG Cars

But our clear winner is the company that has been most heavily associated with eco-chauffeuring for the past decade. Green Tomato Cars pioneered the Prius in London, and now it is introducing London’s first large fleet of hydrogen-powered PHVs, with 50 Toyota Mirais on order, as well as continuing to work with OEMs and infrastructure providers to develop electric charging facilities.

PD QSi Website ENV Gold Green Tomato Cars

In addition, Green Tomato Cars will replace the last diesel cars on its fleet by the end of 2019, and it is making heavy use of telematics-based incentives to improve drivers’ eco-driving performance and to eliminate dead mileage. 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Addison Lee, London

Silver      Green Tomato Cars, London

Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

2016

Gold       Addison Lee, London

Silver      eConnect Cars, London

Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

Bronze    GLH, London

2015

Gold       eConnect Cars, London

Silver      Addison Lee, London

Bronze    Go Green Taxis, Didcot 

 

2014

Gold       eConnect Cars, London

Silver      Phoenix Taxis, Blyth

Bronze    Green Tomato Cars, London

2013

Gold       Climatecars, London

Silver      GLH, London

Bronze    Cloud Cars, Nottingham

 


 

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Chauffeur Company of the Year, 1-10 vehicles

Gold – Belgraves of London

Silver – MET Chauffeur Services 

Bronze – Orion Luxury Services 

Bronze – AZ Luxe

Sponsored by BMW
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This is always one of the hardest categories to call. It always attracts a strong entry, and with a strong focus on personal service throughout the entry, the judges are looking especially hard for the vital “x factor”.

So high was this year’s standard that we decided to award two bronze medals. The first is to AZ Luxe, a new company, which in just over a year has grown from two to 10 cars, operating a blue-chip service in London. It carries CEOs, celebrities and sportsmen, and secured the exclusive transport deal for the National Film Awards.

PD QSi Website SCC Bronze Bardha Krasniqi and Abbas Zadeh AZ Luxe

Our second bronze winner won gold last year – but that’s no indication of falling standards. Indeed, Orion Luxury Services has expanded, and developed innovative new partnerships and social media initiatives to build its business around a discreet, personal service of a very high standard.

PD QSi Website SCC Bronze Orion

But this year’s entry has attracted some very high-grade operators. Our silver award goes to a company with a total focus on its local market – one that is fiercely competitive. MET Chauffeur Services is Scotland’s only representative in the 2018 QSi shortlist, but its impressive approach has seen it build its client base around business aviation, cruise ships and a reputation for discretion and customer service.

PD QSi Website SCC Silver Fraser McCarthy and Neil McCarthy MET Chauffeur Services

But our narrow Gold award winner is a relatively young company that impressed with its thorough approach, including comprehensive training in standards and procedures for drivers. This has allowed Belgraves of London to build a strong presence in the London hotel and embassy market, against some very strong rivals. A worthy champion. 

PD QSi Website SCC Gold Belgraves

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Orion Luxury, London

Silver      Cole Executive Hire, Malmesbury

Bronze    Chauffeur Travel, Bath

2016

Gold       Alpha Executive Cars, Bury St Edmunds

Silver      MLC Chauffeurs, Chorley

Bronze    Driving Force, Tunbridge Wells

Bronze    Home James, Birmingham

2015

Gold       Chirton Grange, Rochester

Silver      Near and Far, Fakenham

Bronze    Park Executive, Sunderland

 

2014

Gold       Park Executive, Sunderland

Silver      Elite Chauffeur Services, Edinburgh

Bronze    Chirton Grange, Rochester

2013

Gold       Parkers Executive, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Silver      Driving Force, Tunbridge Wells

Bronze    Location Chauffeurs, South Mimms 

 


 

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Chauffeur Company of the Year Mid-size operator, 11-30 vehicles

Gold – iChauffeur, London

Silver – Embassy Cars, London

Bronze – Herts Executive, Welwyn Garden City

Sponsored by BMW
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A reduced entry in this category for 2018 – a number of past winners have graduated to the Large Operator category, a sign of positive intent within the chauffeur sector. But the lack of quantity is more than balanced by the high quality on display. This was a tough category to call.

Our bronze winner has been on a 20-year journey from humble beginnings as a taxi firm to a very fine customer-focused executive transport operator. Herts Executive has built its business around a focus on delivering a quality customer experience. As a result, the company has grown to become the biggest executive chauffeur fleet in Hertfordshire.

PD QSi Website MCC Bronze Herts Exec

Our silver winner is Embassy Cars, another company that started as a minicab firm doing cash work, but which has established itself as a highly respected operator in the hugely competitive London executive chauffeuring market. The judges were impressed with the quality of service on offer and the breadth of services – including event transport – offered to a blue-chip client base.

PD QSi Website MCC Silver Embassy Cars

But our Gold winner is a truly exceptional operator. For the second year running, iChauffeur is the best medium-sized chauffeur firm in the UK. The firm, founded in 2005, is meticulous about driver recruitment and training and has a mentoring scheme to help new drivers get used to the company’s way of working.

PD QSi Website MCC Gold iChauffeur

iChauffeur’s highly innovative approach includes a customer charter, development of its own app, and putting together a network of international partners to allow customers travelling abroad to have a seamless, vetted travel experience. 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       iChauffeur, London

Silver      Driven UK, Horley

Bronze    Herts Executive, Welwyn Garden City

2016

Gold       Airport Lynx, Cambridge

Silver      Auto Executive Corporate Travel, Redcar

Bronze    Driven UK, Horley

2015

Gold       Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham

Silver      Capstar Chauffeurs, London

Bronze    Airport Lynx, Cambridge

Bronze    Home James, Birmingham

 

2014

Gold       Capstar Chauffeurs, London

Silver      Airport Lynx, Cambridge

Bronze    England Limousines, London

2013

Gold       Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham

Silver      Fylde Executive, Blackpool

Bronze    England Limousines, London

 


 

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Chauffeur Company of the Year Large operator, 31+ vehicles 

Gold – Airport Lynx, Cambridge

Silver – Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham

Bronze – Driven Worldwide, London

Sponsored by AUDI
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This is always a category with extremely high levels of quality and service – so the judges are looking for companies with that extra spark of originality when deciding the top three.

All three of our medallists are past Gold QSi Award winners, which highlights the stellar standard on display here. Bronze goes to Driven Worldwide, which impressed with its meticulous approach to managing a large business, operating on an international scale. Driver and customer retention levels are exemplary, and the company is continuing to expand in the UK and abroad.

PD QSi Website LCC Bronze Driven Worldwide

Choosing our Gold and Silver winners was difficult. We were left with two of the most innovative and dynamic businesses in the sector. Silver goes to Club Class Chauffeurs, last year’s winner, which continues to impress with a 12% increase in annual turnover and a 50% reduction on CO2 emissions.

PD QSi Website LCC Silver Club Class

The company has expanded its regional hubs, added clients and fully employs all its drivers. It offers exemplary staff training – which is reflected in 100% client retention levels and 99% customer satisfaction levels.

It took a very good company to beat Club Class – and Airport Lynx is undoubtedly a very good company. It has moved up a division in terms of scale since last year, and has done this without losing its strong focus on customers and drivers.

PD QSi Website LCC Gold Steve Russel Airport Lynx

The judges were especially impressed by the personal approach the company takes to driver and customer relationships, and its willingness to get involved with local initiatives, all helping to build a strong and respected brand. 

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Club Class Chauffeurs, Hailsham

Silver      Brunel, London

Bronze    Little’s Chauffeur Drive, Glasgow

Bronze    Premiere Chauffeur Drive, London

2016

Gold       Driven Worldwide, London

Silver      Premiere Chauffeur Drive, London

Bronze    Tristar Worldwide, London

2015

Gold       Driven Worldwide, London

Silver      Tristar Worldwide, London

Bronze    Parker Car Service, London

 

2014

Gold       Tristar Worldwide, London

Silver      Driven Worldwide, London

Bronze    BCH London, London

2013

Gold       Tristar Worldwide, London

Silver      Cabot Global, London

Bronze    Brunel, London

 


 

Professional Driver QSi Award Winners 2018

 

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Professional Driver of the Year

Gold – Paul Garratt, Excel Executive

Silver – Terry McCann, Herts Executive

Silver – Stuart Johnson, Wayland Executive Cars 

Sponsored by BMW
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The Professional Driver of the Year Award is the Blue Riband QSi Award. It’s given to individual private hire drivers or chauffeurs, who provide the absolute highest standard of service, in terms of driving skills, customer service, personality, and ability to represent their company.

Our Bronze winner spent his career looking after a different kind of “customer” – but retired Prison Officer Stuart Johnson has made a smooth transition to becoming a key member of Wayland Executive Cars’driver team.

PD QSi Website PDY Bronze Stuart Johnson Wayland Exec

Here’s what his company says about him: “Nothing is too much trouble and everything he does is to the highest standard. We have needed to set up new systems and practices and have been impressed with Stuart’s adaptability and enthusiasm, he is open minded and willing to implement every new suggestion, often making his own. Without Stuart’s efforts, the company couldn’t have become the success it is today.”

Our Silver winner is a long-serving driver who has been promoted to driver manager at his company, Herts Executive. Terry McCann is passing on his many years of experience to new drivers, handling client relationships and recruiting new drivers – as well as continuing to provide an exemplary service.

PD QSi Website PDY Silver Terry McCann

And he’s done this despite having undergone several cancer operations and a knee replacement! His company is full of praise: “Terry has a keen eye for detail and excellent reliability, planning and foresight skills, offering him an appreciation of the high levels of service required by our clients. These skills set Terry apart as an exceptional driver and a brilliant role model for the whole driver team.”

It’s taken an exceptional level of driver to win this year’s Gold award, and Paul Garratt ticks all the boxes. In a 26-year career, Paul has worked up from telephonist, via motorbike courier, van driver, minicab man and now chauffeur to Excel Executive’s top clients – an impressive list of multinational CEOs, famous sportspeople, celebrities and musicians.

PD QSi Website PDY Gold Paul Garrett

Here’s what Excel has to say about him: “On the road Paul is the perfect chauffeur and ambassador for the company and is a role model for our other drivers.”

“His insight into the industry has benefited the company as he has been able to introduce his own long-standing contacts to Excel Executive and represent the company at meetings, accompanied or solo, when required.

Paul is one of our regular marshals for large events and his knowledge of looking after talent, identifying issues and general understanding of the client requirements is noteworthy. Paul has used his controlling experience when we have required additional office cover at both of our sites, in particular on the desk at our Borehamwood studio location where he is an approachable face for passengers needing urgent transportation.”

Roll of Honour

2017

Gold       Hilary Hutchinson, Lakeland Chauffeurs

Silver      Simon Peacock, Capstar Chauffeurs

Bronze    Marc Brodie, GLH

Bronze    Bogdan Tepes, Herts Executive

2016

Gold       Andrew Matthews, Alpha Executive Cars

Silver      Paul Bhamra, Tristar Worldwide

Bronze    Michael Browne, Driven Worldwide

2015

Gold       Danny Richards, Capstar Chauffeurs

Silver      Hilary Hutchinson, Lakeland Chauffeurs

Bronze    Paul Stanley, Tristar Worldwide

 

2014

Gold       Eric Bonful, Greentomato Cars

Silver      Kevin Willis, Chirton Grange

Bronze    Paul Alleman, Tristar Worldwide

Bronze    Clive Pearce, England Limousines

2013

Gold       Robert Mroczek, England Limousines

Silver      Andrew Fowler, Location Chauffeurs

Bronze    Maurice Holman, Tristar Worldwide

 

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Professional Driver QSi Awards 2018 – the finalists

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Our judging panel has been through all the entries for the Professional Driver QSi Awards with a fine-tooth comb. And we’re delighted to reveal the final selection for all 10 categories.

And our panel is finalising its choice of our Gold, Silver or Bronze QSi Award winners for 2018.

But we’re not announcing the winners just yet. If you’re on the list, the only way to find out if you’ve won is to book your place at the Professional Driver QSi Awards dinner at the Effingham Park hotel near Gatwick Airport on Thursday, November 22 – because that’s when we’ll be handing out the trophies.

It’s a great party and network opportunity, and we’ll also be revealing the winners of Professional Driver’s 2018 Car of the Year Awards on the night.

For details of how to book your place at the event, please click here:

www.tickettailor.com/events/prodrivermedialtd/204174


The 2018 QSi Awards finalists


Chauffeur company of the Year
1-10 vehicles

AZ Luxe  London 
Belgraves of London Sutton 
Chauffeur Travel Bath
Let me drive you Andover
MET Chauffeur Services                Pinner
Orion Luxury Services London
Wayland Executive Cars Watton

 

Chauffeur company of the Year
11-30 vehicles

Embassy Cars  London 
Herts Executive                            Welwyn Garden City
iChauffeur London

 

Chauffeur company of the Year
31+ vehicles

Addison Lee Group London 
Airport Lynx Cambridge 
Club Class Chauffeurs                  Hailsham
Driven Worldwide London
Parker Car Service London

 

Private Hire company of the Year
1-80 vehicles

A21 Taxis  Tonbridge 
Castle Cars  Tonbridge
Cloud Cars  Nottingham
Location Cars London
Lymmited Taxis Warrington
Pryors  Didcot
Q Despatch (west)                        London

 

Private Hire company of the Year
81+ vehicles

Addison Lee  London 
DG Cars Nottingham
GLH London
Go Green Taxis Didcot
Greentomato Cars London
Parker Car Service                        London
Radio Taxis Southampton
Royal Cars Oxford
Scotts Private Hire Manchester
Street Cars Manchester

 

Marketing Award

DG Cars  Nottingham
Let me drive you Andover
Orion Luxury Services                   London
Radio Taxis Southampton
Royal Cars Oxford
Scotts Private Hire Manchester
Street Cars Manchester

 
Community Award

Castle Cars  Tonbridge 
GLH London
HATS Group London
Let me drive you Andover
Q Despatch (west)                        London
Radio Taxis Southampton
Royal Cars Oxford
Scotts Private Hire Manchester
Street Cars Manchester

 

Environmental Award

Addison Lee  London 
Castle Cars Tonbridge
Cloud Cars Nottingham
DG Cars Nottingham
GLH London
Go Green Taxis Didcot
Greentomato Cars London
Parker Car Service                        London
Royal Cars Oxford
Scotts Private Hire Manchester
Street Cars Manchester

 

New Start Operator Award

A21 Taxis Tonbridge 
AZ Luxe London
Excel Executive London
Wayland Executive Cars                Watton

 

Professional Driver of the Year

Stephen Philpot  Al Semat UK 
Gary Mansfield Ambassador Chauffeur
David Bryx Orion Luxury
Paul Garratt Excel Executive
Terry McCann Herts Executive
Christopher Jackson                    Let me drive you
Fraser McCarthy MET Chauffeur Services
Mubbashar Ahmed Scotts Private Hire
Timea Dekany Shuttl Me
Mark McLaughlin Shuttl Me
Stuart Johnson Wayland Executive Cars

 

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