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August 19, 2019

2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism

10 cities competing for the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism title 

Ten European cities have been shortlisted for the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism competition (presented in alphabetical order): Bratislava (Slovakia), Breda (The Netherlands), Bremerhaven (Germany), Gothenburg (Sweden), Karlsruhe (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Málaga (Spain), Nice (France), Ravenna (Italy) and Torino (Italy). The finalist cities were selected from a total of 35 applications from across 17 EU Member States.

The European Capital of Smart Tourism was proposed as a preparatory action by the European Parliament and is implemented by the European Commission.  It aims to promote smart tourism in the EU, foster innovative, sustainable and inclusive tourism development, as well as spread and facilitate the exchange of best practices. This EU initiative recognises outstanding achievements by European cities as tourism destinations in four categories: Accessibility, Sustainability, Digitalisation as well as Cultural heritage and creativity.

Last year, Helsinki and Lyon won the inaugural competition and the two cities jointly hold the titles of European Capitals of Smart Tourism in 2019.

This is the second edition of the competition to award two cities as the European Capitals of Smart Tourism in 2020. The two winning cities will benefit from communication and branding support for a year. This will include; a promotional video, a purpose-built sculpture for their city centres, as well as bespoke promotional actions.

Moreover, four awards will also be handed out in recognition of achievements in the individual categories of the competition (Accessibility, Sustainability, Digitalisation and Cultural heritage and creativity).

All winning cities will be announced and awarded at an Awards Ceremony, which is taking place as part of the European Tourism Forum in Helsinki on 9-10 October 2019.

Background

In the first stage of the competition, an independent panel of experts evaluated the applications. All finalist cities demonstrated excellence across the four competition categories combined.

In the second stage, representatives of the 10 finalist cities will travel to Helsinki to present their candidatures and the programme of activities planned for 2020 in front of the European Jury. The European Jury will meet on 8 October 2019 and select two cities to become European Capitals of Smart Tourism in 2020.

The selection of the most innovative projects, ideas and initiatives, submitted by cities to the last year’s competition can be found in the Compendium of Best Practices, the go-to guide to smart tourism in the EU.

August 13, 2019

Wanted: Mechanical Engineer

Are you an experienced commercial vehicle technician looking for a role as a mechanical engineer on a diverse fleet of vehicles with an amazing team?

Belle Vue Manchester Ltd operates school bus services and coach hire services in the UK and Europe from our base in Stockport. We are one of the largest bus operators in the North West area.

Belle Vue prides itself on carrying passengers safely and with a high standard of customer service from start to finish. Furthermore, we offer a unique place of work, where PEOPLE are recognised as the company’s number one asset.

Mechanical Engineer, Jason

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Our maintenance team plays an important role in ensuring our fleet of vehicles are maintained to a high standard. All our teams to provide a five-star service and are supported, trained and bursting to do so!

We like to reward our many teams financially and emotionally. This is for providing the high standard of service we always deliver and for representing our business in the most appropriate manner.

If recognition is important to you, a constant pathway to grow and further your career, plus a willingness to work towards achieving goals, objectives and the company mission for all our team needs, then we are for you!

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Mechanical Engineer to join our Maintenance Team based in Stockport. Successful Mechanical Engineers will work as part of the Maintenance Team to assist with the maintenance and repair of all buses and coaches in line with regulations and to the high, record-breaking company standards.

As a Mechanic you will be tasked to:

  • Carry out routine services and inspections;
  • Conduct wheel changes;
  • Carry out oil changes quickly and efficiently to manufacturer’s and specialist standards;
  • Repair minor defects wherever and whenever needed;
  • Ensure all documentation is completed and maintained according to company procedures;
  • Demonstrate flexibility in line with operational requirements;
  • Maintain good housekeeping and conform to Safety, Health, Environment and Fire (SHEF) Regulations.

Experience and knowledge:

  • Previous commercial vehicle mechanical and electrical repair experience required;
  • Fault finding and diagnostics.

Sound good? Well, here what we will do for you as a Mechanical Engineer:

  • Excellent rates of pay;
  • Company Pension;
  • Free membership to the Public Transport Benevolent Fund [providing legal advice, grants, therapies and reduced costs on prescriptions, eye tests and much more];
  • 23/28 days paid annual holiday;
  • Complete company uniform including PPE;
  • In-house personal development and iMA training programme;
  • In-house counter terrorism training for PCV driver awareness;
  • Team crew room with snacks, refreshment facilities, TV and internet access;
  • Social activities including a Christmas party, Christmas Savings Club, summer party, breakfast morning, team-building events and days out;
  • Charity events;
  • Flexible shifts.

Belle Vue has expanded considerably in recent years and our commitment to customer service, fleet investment and team training are all paramount in providing a service that is cost-effective and reliable. A service that keeps the customers coming back for more.

Sound like you?  Do you want to join an award-winning business who look after their staff?  Then apply now and we will get back to you ASAP.

August 5, 2019

Save cash at the pump

Belle Vue Manchester has brought you stories from PetrolPrices in the past that have been a huge benefit to motorists. This app is set to be the best to put cash back into your purses and wallets. So, if you want to save anything from 3p per litre and more, you could find you have saved yourself £100 per year or more, at no cost!

Please help friends and family save by sharing this web page on social media and email!

Following a crowd sourcing project to generate the funding, PetrolPrices is launching a free app that shows you how much the fuel prices are at each and every pump. So, you enter your location, you get back the local fuel stations near you and the prices they charge for unlabelled fuel such as diesel and unleaded, to branded fuels if you prefer to continue using the same brand.

For those of you who are unaware, PetrolPrices has undergone a massive change to improve stability within its business and make sure its amazing service stays alive for everyone.

Part of those changes include redesigning and focusing more of our effort on the mobile app, as discussed in this article.

Try out our brand new app using the download buttons for your Android or iOS device below.

Unfortunately, the app is currently unavailable for Blackberry & Windows Phone. However, the website will still be available for all members.

July 4, 2019

Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do:

If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.

May 16, 2019

Belle Vue drives off with honours at UK Coach Awards

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.”

November 15, 2018

Funtastic Ideas for Winter 2019/19

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/

See more on our sister website:

Coach Trips to Southport Pleasureland

Coach Trips to The Grand National at Aintree

Trafford Centre

Coach Trips to Liverpool One

Coach Trips to The Lowry Outlet in Salford Quays

Coach Trips to Freeport Fleetwood

Coach Trips to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Coach Trips to The Meadowhall Centre in Sheffield

You’re safer visiting Manchester and London than walking your dog or making a brew!

It has been a testing few weeks with the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. Some Group Organisers are nervous about venturing into the cities. We are writing to inform you our team are prepared and vigilant and have been trained in prevention and protection.

In October last year, long before any attacks in Manchester, our team attended the Greater Manchester Police Headquarters for a training session in counter terrorism. In the spring we have rolled our Counter Terrorism training programme out across the team weeks before any events in Manchester had happened.

Our team are trained in how to stop an attack from happening and if that’s not possible then how to mitigate the impact. We are trained to seek out suspicious behaviour and packages. We know how to take actions to strengthen passenger security and keep our passengers safer. Although the UK is on a severe security grading the chances of an incident happening on your trip are extremely low indeed.

Over the last 10 years there’s been 1.4 deaths per year in the UK due to terrorism – which, according to research from BuzzFeed, means you’re more likely to be killed by dogs (18 deaths per year), hot water (100 deaths per year) or using your phone while driving (2,920 deaths per year).

On the night of the Manchester Arena attack we had numerous coaches out on conference work which ended up in the city on lockdown all night. Our team handled the events of that evening superbly. We also provided complimentary transport for the councillors attending the vigil in Manchester and provided transport for the victims families at the One Love Concert.

Manchester is a City United. We don’t live in fear and we go about our daily business as normal. You should too. You can be assured that the safety of our passengers is paramount and we take whatever steps necessary to make our services safer for our passengers.

Thank you for your continued support. Assuring you of our close and personal attention at all times.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Hitchen
Director