How to enter the UK Bus Awards

The online entry process

With the launch of this new website in 2020, entering the UK Bus Awards is now online. First you need to create an account by clicking the ENTRY LOGIN link in the top right of the screen and following the link to get a username and password. If you complete all the fields in your profile, the information will be automatically added to each entry form, so you only need to fill it in once. You can, of course, change any of the details on any specific form.

Once logged in, you can select an entry form and start filling it in. The forms are divided into sections:

  • The first section is the entry title and contact details, which will be pre-filled if you have completed your profile.
  • The second second is the main part of the entry. This might be split into separate parts, or just one part with the new ‘free flow’ entry forms used for some categories. You must not exceed 2,000 words for this section.
  • Next you’ll be asked to provide a summary of your entry. This will be used for the website and press releases, as well as for the judges, so it’s worth spending some time on this. You must write between 150 and 200 words.
  • The final section allows you to upload supporting material for your entry. Please remember that the supporting material should not be used in place of something that should be written in the body of the entry. You must upload at least two images. Then you’re ready to submit your entry. Easy!

Once you’ve started an entry form, you can save what you’ve done and re-edit the form as often as you like. You can even continue to make changes after you have submitted it, until the closing date. Note that you will not be able to submit the form if you have written too many or too few words, and have not uploaded at least two images.

Your login can be retained from year to year, and you’ll be able to see what you’ve entered in previous years.

Each entry form has the entry criteria for that category attached, so you can check it any time while you’re completing your entry. You can also download a document with all the categories and criteria here. You can find guidance on what to write, supporting material, photographs and the Conditions of Entry here.

The closing date is Friday 11th June 2021

The two London categories will have a later closing date to be announced.

What happens after entering

Five judging panels will sit across the summer to determine a list of Finalists. There will also be interview panels for some of the ‘people’ categories, and mystery travelling begins. The Finalists will be announced online on October (date to be finalised). Finalists will also be notified by e-mail and letter.

Entrants will not be told if they are a winner. The results will be announced at the glittering 25th UK Bus Awards Presentation Ceremony to be held at Troxy in London provisionally on Tuesday 16th November.

What’s new for 2021

  • All entry forms are now online.
  • There is a new category: Diversity. This is intended to recognise particular efforts to promote diversity in all forms, such as particular efforts to attract a diversity of people into the industry, the promotion of equal opportunities, initiatives to make it obvious that a business welcomes recruitment from all, and practices designed to help a business to be part of the diverse community in which it operates. The full criteria of this new category can be found here.
  • The Sustained Marketing Excellence and Marketing Initiative of the Year categories will be rested this year and replaced with a single Marketing category. The amended criteria is available here.
  • The ROSCO award has been slightly revised title better reflecting the criteria of the category.
  • The ‘free flow’ entry form trialled last year was liked by entrants and judges and has been extended to more categories this year. Those marked with an asterisk in the list below are the new design.

Categories for the 2021 competition

  • Bus and the Community
  • Cultural Change *
  • Diversity * (NEW category for 2021. See the criteria here.)
  • Engineer of the Year *
  • Environment
  • Leader of the Year *
  • London Bus Garage of the Year
  • Luke Rees-Pulley Award for Top London Bus Driver
  • Making Buses a Better Choice
  • Marketing *(Amended category. See the new criteria here.)
  • New Horizons
  • ROSCO Award for Contribution to Safer Driving
  • Services to the Bus Industry (no entry form – awarded by the Management Committee)
  • Top National Bus Depot
  • Top National Bus Driver
  • UK Bus Operator of the Year (selected from the winners of the three categories below):
    • Top City Operator
    • Top Independent Operator
    • Top Shire Operator
  • Unsung Heroes *
  • Young Manager of the Year *

If you have any queries about entries, please telephone us on 0330 010 3450, or e-mail us at