Top awards for coach tour business

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Morpeth-based Gardiners NMC won two prestigious accolades at the recent British Coach Tourism Awards.

The company won Best Holiday Programme and Travel Professionals of the Year. The glittering ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum was hosted by former newsreader Angela Rippon.

For the Holiday Programme award, the judges were impressed by the sheer variety of breaks and holidays on offer.

They also commented on the quality of the operation, using excellent vehicles and hotels, coupled with outstanding itineraries.

The company acquired Epsom Coaches of Surrey in 2017 and in recognition of the management team steering a seamless transition, they were awarded Travel Professionals of the Year.

The recipients of this award were Adrian Smith, managing director of Gardiners NMC, and Melanie Cox and Alistair Scott, both formerly of Epsom Coaches.

Mr Smith thanked staff across the business for their efforts.