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A driver at Stockport bus and coach hire firm Belle Vue Manchester has been crowned the best in the UK.
Miguel González was named top UK coach driver at the 2019 UK Coach Awards.
He was among a clutch of Belle Vue winners at the 11th annual awards, a national scheme which recognises and rewards excellence in the industry.
Miguel, 44, a married father-of-two who hails from Tenerife, joined Belle Vue in 2016.
He mainly drives on school and college routes and has become hugely popular with pupils and students. He plays their favourite music radio channel and allows them soft drinks and snacks. In return, the youngsters help him clear up their coach at the end of their journeys.
On one occasion, when Miguel switched routes, students successfully organised a petition demanding he be reinstated as their driver.
Phil Hitchen, managing director of Belle Vue, said: “Miguel is a great asset to the team and we are thrilled for him in winning this accolade.
“He has a friendly, helpful and professional attitude and receives numerous commendations from customers for his punctual, efficient and safe driving performance.”
The judges said: “School contracts are the bread and butter for many coach operators, so to find a driver who is able to keep unruly pupils under control assuring a safe and well-behaved journey while also becoming the children’s most popular driver is quite exceptional.”
Miguel was a coach driver in Tenerife until tourism waned and work became more difficult to come by. He contacted Phil on Facebook, saying he found Belle Vue appealing because of its ethos of caring about teamwork.
Phil was impressed and invited him over for a trial. Miguel studied online to get to know the main routes across Manchester and the motorway network and, after a successful trial, landed a full-time job.
Miguel said: “Just being chosen from more than 60 drivers to represent Belle Vue at the awards made me extremely proud.
“I’m so happy that everyone has welcomed me to the business and the area, and to win the award is a tremendous honour.
“I’m so very grateful to the company, and especially to Phil Hitchen, for giving me the chance to work here. Without his belief in me, my dream could never have come true.”
Belle Vue’s other winners at the awards included transport supervisor George Docherty, who won gold in the unsung heroes category.
Contracts manager Mike Mitchell won silver and mechanic Adam Tailby took bronze in the customer service and support staff category. Maintenance manager Jason Cotgrave won silver in the engineer of the year category and Belle Vue picked up silver in the innovation category for its use of the iMA teambuilding and management programme.
Phil said: “It’s great to see so many of our staff recognised in this way, demonstrating the strength in depth of our entire team.”
George, 56, was praised for literally going the extra mile in his role. He looks after route planning, co-ordinates vehicle repairs, driving assessments and training, is a fire marshal and health and safety team member, and helps out as a driver at a moment’s notice when required.
He works six days a week and organises charity events, as well as co-ordinating transport for large events, including the One Love Manchester concert in 2017.
The judges said: “George is shown to be someone who is happy to get stuck into whatever job is needed. He has a good eye for detail, even for tasks that he’s given at short notice. He regularly goes above and beyond and is a true unsung hero.”
So much is happening at The Lowry Outlet this Winter, we thought you’d like to make a special trip to get it all in one visit! There’s more detail on our FUNTASTIC site: http://www.funtastictrips.co.uk/coach-trips-lowry-outlet-salford-quays
Fancy a day at the races … or a night at the opera? Belle Vue takes you to places you really want to visit. How about booking #Aintree for you Christmas party? There’s more detail on our FUNTASTIC site: http://www.funtastictrips.co.uk/coach-trips-grand-national-aintree/
Freeport Fleetwood has been renamed Affinity Lancashire and that’s just the beginning! A shopping experience with exciting brands at up to 60% off. Book your day trip today! http://www.funtastictrips.co.uk/coach-trips-freeport-fleetwood/
Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialists has released their all-new global website. Substantial revamps have led to improved aesthetic design, better accessibility and an intuitive layout, providing optimal navigation and even more resources for customers looking for a wellness holiday.
With the UK and Australian websites becoming international and advanced filtering of holidays, the consumer experience has improved exponentially.
Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel says “We continually strive to evolve and provide the best service possible and expand our offerings to the diversifying needs of our clients. Having a global-friendly website allows us to spread our passion for travel and well-being, placing us one step closer to achieving our mission of improving the lives of 100,000 wellness travellers by 2028.”
To achieve their mission, the global team, with headquarters in London, Melbourne, Manila and Toronto, are working hand in hand with partners, sharing accumulated knowledge and expertise, journeying far and beyond to seek new experiences they know their clients will love.
To experience the new Health and Fitness Travel website for yourself visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com
Explore Health and Fitness Travel’s latest holidays, featured on the new website:
Pine Cliffs, Portugal
Set atop the scenic Algarve cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Pine Cliffs is a secluded haven that provides a well curated luxury holiday. The resort is beautifully designed, adorned with murals and hand painted tiles that exhibit the richness of Portuguese culture. Be as relaxed and pampered as you wish with lavish spa treatments or active and on the go as you enjoy a broad range of fitness facilities and outdoor activities. For those wanting to enjoy the sun, sand and sea, venture a little further via panoramic lift and boarded walkway to the pristine Falésia Beach.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 6 nights at Pine Cliffs from £1,985pp or £2,905 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The Retreat Costa Rica, Costa Rica
A private haven perched on the sloping hillside of a quartz mountain, The Retreat Costa Rica exudes intimacy and calm with just 11 rooms. This transformational retreat was founded by life coach, celebrity chef and best-selling author Diana Stobo to provide a place that epitomizes well-being and promote a natural approach to addressing health issues. Through its six core tenets of stress reduction, cultural involvement, gentle physical activity, spiritual connectedness, wellness recovery and organic eating, embark upon a journey that will lead you to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 4 nights at The Retreat from £1,040pp or £1,295 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Svarga Loka, Bali
Set on the riverbanks of the spiritual Campuhan river in Ubud, Svarga Loka caters to the discerning needs of wellness travelers, providing a sacred place to reflect and rejuvenate. With various programs and visiting international experts, focus on any wellness goals, from mindfulness, weight management to detox and holistic healing. Experience luxury accommodation and a range of activities including yoga, meditation, workshops and spa therapies. Svarga Loka not only offers a tranquil sanctuary, but also provides guests with invaluable skills and knowledge to continue their transformation journey long after their stay.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Svarga Loka from £1,750pp or £2,190 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Quintessence Retreats, France
Journey to the enviable address of Courchevel, located at the heart of the French Alps in the world’s largest ski area, for a unique fitness journey with a touch of luxury. This retreat espouses an active lifestyle through a combination of sports, functional fitness, nutrition, and an atmosphere of an exceptionally beautiful environment. After every action-packed session, head to the social dining area to refuel with a healthy meal, prepared by in-house chefs. Bathe in the cool, crisp mountain air as you explore the serene surroundings and later end the day with a rebalancing yoga and meditation class.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Quintessence from £2,665pp or £2,580 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Baobab Suites, Tenerife
A fusion of luxury and minimalism, Baobab Suites boasts elegant apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and efficient facilities perfect for your all wellness pursuits. This retreat follows a well-balanced approach to wellness with active fitness sessions and soothing wellness and aesthetic treatments for recovery and relaxation. Practice various forms of yoga, tone up with Pilates or boost your endurance with swimming and running with expert coaching. Throughout the day and evening, enjoy nutritious meal options to reinvigorate your body. For those who want to explore, this island escape is just a walk away from beautiful beaches and close to buzzing shopping centres.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Baobab Suites from £720pp or £1,205 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Macdonald Monchique Resort and Spa, Portugal
Nestled between lush pine forests and stunning mountains, Macdonald Monique exudes modern elegance harmonised with classic Portuguese flair. This health retreat puts your well-being at the front and centre with facilities and programs that help you find inner balance and self-awareness. For a unique pampering experience, unwind in the sensorial spa thermal circuit along with a range of treatments inspired by nature. Along with daily fitness activities, a range of healthy gastronomic experiences and luxurious accommodation appointed with unspoiled views of the sea and mountains, this hidden spa retreat checks all the boxes for a truly remarkable holiday.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Macdonald Monchique from £1,015pp or £1,245 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Wildfitness Menorca, Spain
Feel the freedom of nature as you escape to the Balearic island of Menorca for an exhilarating fitness and wellness retreat. Share a life changing fun-filled adventure with like-minded individuals amidst an untouched Mediterranean coastline and surrounded by beautiful fauna. This back to nature break will leave your body charged and mind de-stressed with a plethora of outdoor activities, from sunrise yoga and circuit training to restorative stretching and massages. Combining luxe-living, exercise, mindfulness and nutrition, Wildfitness Menorca promises an all-encompassing approach to health and fitness.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 6 nights at Wildfitness Menorca from £1,210pp or £1,725 for single occupancy. Price includes full board, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Borgo Egnazia, Italy
Set in a rural castle in beautiful Puglia, Italy, Borgo Egnazia finds itself quietly removed from the frantic buzz of city life. Experience wellness in the lap of luxury with private fitness sessions, lavish spa treatments and a healthy gastronomy for the senses. Following a holistic approach, indulge in an extensive list of natural body care therapies to soothe you into deep relaxation. The retreat boasts 184 rooms, which spread throughout their grounds, multiple restaurants to suit any taste buds and an array of health and wellness facilities to accommodate a wealth of complimentary activities.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 5 nights at Borgo Egnazia from £1,795pp or £2,335 for single occupancy. Pricing includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Six Senses Kaplankaya, Turkey
Six Senses Kaplankaya is a secluded wellness sanctuary set by the picturesque southern Aegean coast. Embrace a ‘live younger, longer’ attitude as you give your health a boost with a selection of indulgent spa treatments and fitness activities. Disengage from the stresses of daily life as you find your calm with sunrise yoga or a morning coastal walk, then sweat it out on a personal training session that will put you through your paces. Whatever your goals are, this Turkish getaway is guaranteed to help you take a step back and focus on your well-being.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Six Senses Kaplankaya from £2,485pp of £3,530 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
The BARAI Spa, Thailand
The award-winning BARAI Spa is the ideal destination for an all-encompassing healthy break to unwind and de-stress. Situated over acres of spectacular white sand beach, the BARAI is naturally centered on the element of water, bringing rejuvenation and healing by combining traditional Thai health rituals with contemporary western approaches. In this pocket of paradise, stay in a stunning BARAI spa suite with the luxury of your own private concierge. Whether you wish to practice yoga, kick-start your fitness or simply relax with holistic spa treatments, The BARAI has you covered.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at The BARAI Spa from £2,335pp or £3,420 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a bespoke programme and return private transfers.
REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort, Bali
REVĪVŌ is located atop the quiet hills of Nusa Dua in the south of Bali, made up of beautifully designed suites, villas and scenic grounds. It’s a holistic healing holiday with an emphasis on authentic ancient Balinese traditions. The spa boasts serene treatment rooms, contrast spa therapy plunge pools, steam rooms and a salt water floating pool. You can also focus your fitness with multi-functional facilities that include a yoga barn, a meditation room, a Pilates studio, a fitness room, and a fifty-meter lap pool. REVĪVŌ aims to soothe the spirit, rejuvenate the body and enrich the mind.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at REVIVO from £3,355pp of £5,235 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Offering wellness experiences in different parts of the world, embark on a wellness adventure designed to address your self-care needs. With their five-tenet wellness travel philosophy: breathe, move, mindfulness, nourish and experience, engage in immersive real-life opportunities with your idea of well-being in mind. You can travel on a custom itinerary or as part of their premium group retreats, and their wellness experts will be there to guide you throughout your journey. Have a taste of culture, wellness, luxury and a well-deserved down time so you can return home renewed and fully rejuvenated.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers a 3 – 11 night Pravassa tour for £3,500pp.
Ayii Anargyri, Cyrpus
A natural healing retreat located in the west of Cyprus, Ayii Anargyri boasts an inherent atmosphere for health and restoration. Choose from a variety of programs that offer different solutions to your wellness needs, including detox, weight management, fitness, and holistic healing focusing on specific health conditions like psoriasis and arthritis. You can also easily indulge in a range of different spa treatments to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. With excellent spa and fitness facilities, Ayii Anargyri provides the right space to take some well-deserved time out for yourself to completely relax and unwind.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Ayii Anargyri from £1,040pp or £1,475 for single occupancy. Price is full board, with a wellness programme and return private transfers.
Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus
Wind your way up the scenic hills of Phapos and discover this idyllic 5-star golf, tennis and spa resort. With lush accommodation and an award-winning spa, Aphrodite Hills allows for an experience that truly embodies its philosophy of luxury, serenity and vitality. In between activities, replenish your energy with pampering spa treatments from hot stone massages to flower detox wraps. Explore the surrounding coastal region of Cyprus on a cycle tour during the day before you set the tone for a casual evening of alfresco dining at one of the 5 dining options to best suite your taste.
Health and Fitness Travel (0203 397 8891 healthandfitnesstravel.com) offers 7 nights at Aphrodite Hills from £1,105pp or £1,510 for single occupancy. Price includes breakfast, a wellness programme and return private transfers.
For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891
Belle Vue Coaches has a large and varied fleet of vehicles. In short, however many people needing transport – plus all their needs, can be met by Belle Vue Coaches!
No matter what the size and class of your party, group, family or club and wherever you may be travelling to, we have a wheelchair-friendly coach that will meet your requirements.
Belle Vue Coaches spans Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and beyond. No destination is a problem. With us, you are in the right place for wheelchair accessible coaches in the North West of England to anywhere in Europe!
So, whenever you need to transport a group of people with accessible requirements, Belle Vue’s wheelchair-friendly coach service has all the accessible features to transport wheelchair users more comfortably.
We really do have the best facilities onboard to make your journey a successful, safe and comfy one. Belle Vue’s highly trained driver crew is exceptional in looking after you from journey start to drop off home!
Thrill seekers, family fun, shows, events, hot ice and a new roller coaster: ICON! There’s so much choice at Blackpool Pleasure Beach! The Autumn schedule is mixed and packed right up into the Christmas season!
Belle Vue is your perfect transport partner. Forget finding an all-day parking spot half-way across town and trudging about. We are here to make the experience nothing short of amazing!
Maximise your time with an experienced on-call driver who knows the best spots and puts your pleasure first!
BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE TODAY. CALL 0161 947 9477. QUOTE “PLEASURE BEACH PACKAGE” FOR THE LATEST DEALS!
Blackpool illuminations, running from 31st August – 4th November 2018, has got to be one of the 10 great Wonders of the World: 10 kilometres long and using over one million bulbs!
2012 marked the centenary for the Blackpool illuminations. Princess Louise in May 1912 opened a new section of promenade. To mark that occasion, 10,000 lights were festooned along the promenade! The start of things to come!
You can hire a 20- 33- 49- or 83-seater coach or mini-bus from Belle Vue Coaches to visit Blackpool!
Kays Fish and chips, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool Rock, The Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Circus, the piers, promenades, the sea, stag and hen dos, Freeport Shopping Centre … EVERYONE LOVES BLACKPOOL!
Now is the time to book with us! Ask us if we can book tickets cheaper for you and save money!
Enjoy quality time with colleagues, family and friends! See our Blackpool page for more here.
Alton Towers Resort is now home to thrill rides such as Wicker Man, Galactica, Nemesis, Oblivion, Rita, Th23teen, Smiler, Blade and Enterprise. Over on our sister site, Funtastic Trips, we’ve posted all the latest ride details for you to check out!
Scarefest promises to be the scariest and the most terrifying event to date! There is something for all thrill seekers and families, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters. J
Join us for our terrifying Scarefest event 6th – 7th, 13th – 14th, 19th October – 2nd November 2018. It’s a Halloween Spooktacular when the Theme Park becomes home to Halloween! You get to enjoy rides in the dark plus there’s loads of extra entertainment.
Scarefest also brings the opportunity to ride the world’s first 14 loop rollercoaster in total darkness, casting advocates into the unknown alongside the return of the terrifying scare-mazes.
The multi award winning scare mazes have been re-scarified for this year and we are adding another NEW maze to the line up! And as if that’s not scary enough, dare you take on our world-class thrill rides in the dark?
Date: 3rd & 4th November. Join Belle Vue and friends for a spectacular Fireworks event, that will dazzle and delight!
* Pre-book to guarantee entry 0161 947 9477