At FTS we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support.
The thank you starts first and foremost with our staff who continue to deliver transport solutions for our clients every single day. It's only through their hard work and efforts that we've had such a successful year.
Thanks also to our network of quality suppliers - coaches and taxis. They're based across the UK and during 2017 they've literally travelled hundreds of thousands of miles with us!
The final thank you goes to you, our customers. We've been really lucky to work on some amazing, world class events during the year and we're grateful for your continued support.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It's been a record-breaking year for the team at First Travel Solutions (FTS).
The team has worked on some iconic events over the course of the year including the UEFA Champions League Final that was held in Cardiff and the World Championship Athletics and Parathletics Championships. Both were held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London over the summer.
Transport solutions have been delivered for music festivals as well as rail replacement services and air disruption services.
All that's taken place in addition to the everyday transport FTS provide to a long list of regular clients.
Richard Kirk, Commercial Director for FTS said; "Being involved with iconic events is always something the team really enjoys. It normally presents us with big challenges logistically but that's something that we relish, pulling all aspects of a large-scale transport project together.
However, we don't forget our everyday clients whilst all this excitement is going on. They're every bit as important to us."
During 2017 to date, FTS has operated 25,326 coach service journeys and 40,401 taxi service journeys. That's alot of miles!
First Travel Solutions (FTS) has recently recruited 35 new members of staff. They will be joining the Ground Co-ordination team to support FTS with their rail replacement contracts - South Western Railway and Great Western Railway.
The new ground co-ordinators recently attended an induction training course that included a core safety brief and banksperson training.
Shahid Ullah, Lead Operations Manager for FTS said; "It was fantastic to have spent some time training a highly motivated and engaged group of people. The training mainly focused on our company ethos and core values but also covered the practical side of the job.
Banksperson training was delivered in a classroom environment but the trainees did get the opportunity to put into practice what they had learnt later in the day through a practical demonstration.
The trainees are now out at our key stations on both rail networks supporting their fellow ground co-ordinators and assisting customers."
Gareth Evans, Editor of Coach & Bus Week (CBW) magazine paid FTS a visit recently at our offices in Simonstone.
FTS has undergone a significant amount of change in the last 18 months including a rebrand with new logos, a new website and much more.
Our marketing support agency Buzz Marketing, worked with Gareth and his team at CBW to ensure the FTS transition story was told in the publication. The end result was a 6 page feature in the issue dated 31st October 2017.
You can view the article online at http://www.cbwmagazine.com Thanks for Gareth and to Buzz Marketing.
The nationwide FirstGroup Excellence Awards were held earlier this year. The awards recognise outstanding achievements where First Bus staff have excelled over the year, gone above and beyond the call of duty and done an all round fantastic job.
As well as recognising individuals, the awards acknowledge people and teams who excel in what they do.
First Travel Solutions (FTS) had a total of 9 finalists entered for this year's awards. The following staff won or were highly commended within their award category.
Quantum Leap Award - Highly Commended - Masood Bakhsh, Control Duty Manager
Employee Engagement Award - Winner - Katie Elsworth, HR Manager
Safety Award - Winner - FTS Champions League Final team
Sustainability Award - Highly Commended - First Travel Solutions company wide award (collected by Gregg Nolan and Lisa Bennison)
Heroes Roll of Honour - Kelly Ferguson, Control Duty Manager
Richard Kirk, Commercial Director for FTS said; "There were 26 First Bus staff awarded with hero awards on the evening for bravery and service to others.
These awards are all about recognising the commitment and hard work of all our staff not just the winners on the evening.
Anyone within the company can nominate colleagues for an award across 15 categories. What's even more pleasing is that for every nomination received, First Bus donate £5 to Prostate Cancer UK, their charity partner."
First Travel Solutions (FTS) will once again exhibit at this year's World Travel Market at London's ExCeL venue from the 6th until the 8th of November.
FTS are the experts in managed passenger transport solutions in the UK and they transport over 1 million customers every year. Sharing a stand (number GV300) with ETOA, the team from FTS will be on hand over this 3-day event to catch up with old friends and to make new business contacts too.
Whether it's international sporting tournaments, music festivals, events or global conventions, the team at FTS work with their clients to draw up meticulous transport plans - then ensure they're delivered in full.
FTS use their experience to anticipate every detail. Rather than present an off-the-shelf service, they work with clients' to design a tailor-made plan around specific needs and requirements.
Being a division of FirstGroup plc gives us a presence across the UK. That means we are in an ideal position to help showcase the UK and all it has to offer to incoming tourists.
Richard Kirk, Commercial Director for FTS comments; "We're delighted to be exhibiting at this leading global event once again at London's ExCeL venue. It's a show that attracts a global audience from all sectors of the travel industry.
This year, we're co-exhibiting with ETOA on stand number GV300. Our team will be on hand to welcome attendees and give them a real taste of the full range of services we offer at FTS - this list is almost endless."
The World Travel Market takes place at London ExCeL from the 6th until the 8th of November.