A COACH operator based in Huddersfield has found the route to success.

E Stott & Sons, based at Milnsbridge, won the trophy for Excellence in Minibus Operations at the Route One Operator Excellence Awards.

Directors Carl and Mark Stott received their prize at the award ceremony which was held during the Expo Coach Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

The award recognised the company’s local bus service operation, which uses minibuses.

The company, which was a finalist in the Green Award at the Examiner Business Awards, was shortlisted for two awards at the NEC event – the Coach Operator Innovation Award and the Excellence in Minibus Operations.

The judges commented: “Our winner is a family-run company with more than 25 years’ experience. It is perhaps better known for its coach operation, which initially was the main attraction for the judges.

“However, they were soon drawn to the excellence of the minibus side of the business, which clearly demonstrates how successfully coach standards of operation can be applied to local bus services.”