Coach & Bus Live 2015 opens at the NEC this week

Issued: 28 September 2015

Coach & Bus Live 2015 – the essential domestic showcase for the UK’s coach, bus, mini/midi vehicle and passenger transport technology sectors, opens for business at 9.30am on Wednesday 30 September at the NEC Birmingham.

The two day event (30 September – 1 October) boasts 215 sector leading exhibitors – offering everything from the latest vehicles, accessories and workshop equipment, to IT solutions, legislation updates, and essential business services.  Over 6,000 key industry buyers and decision makers – including operators, suppliers, local authority and community transport providers from across the UK – are expected to attend.

Recent additions to the exhibitor line-up include BigChange Apps, BNE Electronics, Groeneveld UK, and Greenurban Technologies.  They join a host of returning big names like 21st Century Technology, Alexander Dennis, Cannon Euro Coach, Continental Tyre Group, Cummins, E-Leather, McKenna Brothers, MiX Telematics Europe, Passenger List Services, Synectics Mobile Systems, Totalkare Heavy Duty Workshop Solutions, The Triscan Group, and Unwin.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment, QGate, Aquarius IT, Schools Transport Management Solutions, Azimut Bus Solutions, Drinkmaster, Five Arrows Business Finance, Whiting Systems, and Optimum Oils are just a few of the new companies confirmed for 2015.

The full exhibitor list is available at

Exhibitor show highlights – previewing some of the new innovations and launches for 2015, are available at

Show features include the Skills Test area (supported by Mercedes-Benz), miniPLUS Zone (supported by Rescroft), the Technology Zone, and the Tourism with the Coach Drivers’ Club area (incorporating the Coach Drivers’ Club lounge).


Master Class Theatre

For further details, including timings and summaries, please visit

Wednesday 30 September

  • The coach travel experience – hosted by Stuart Render, editor of Coach Monthly (speakers: Philip Hitchen, managing director of Belle Vue Coaches; Nigel Westbrook, managing director of Nigel & Kim’s Tours; and John Johnson, managing director of Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel.)
  • The bus technology experience (speakers: Martijn Gilbert, chief executive officer of Reading Buses; and Mark Yexley, transport consultant at Yexley Associates.)
  • The passenger technology experience (speakers: John Clarfelt, chief executive officer of Ticketer; and Jens Mullak, managing director of INIT.)
  • The supplier experience (speakers: Andy Cozens, global director of sales – bus and coach solutions at GreenRoad Technologies; and John Daly, managing director of MiniCasp.)

Thursday 1 October

  • The power of partnership – Delivering best outcomes for customers: Bob Montgomery, managing director of Stagecoach UK Bus.
  • Bus and Beyond: Fiona Kerr, managing director of First Glasgow
  • Efficient and Effective – Total Transport: David Boden, interim group manager – transportation services, East Riding of Yorkshire Council; Peter Hardy, director at JMP Consultants; and Steve Doel, senior transport officer at West Berkshire Council.


Workshop Live

Hosted by the CPT’s deputy chief executive, Peter Gomersall, the programme features speakers from Backhouse Jones, TruTac, and Lloyd Morgan Group.

For further details, including timings and summaries, please visit


Visiting the show by train?

New for 2015, a special shuttle bus service has been arranged by the organisers, Diversified Communications UK, to take visitors to the halls (17-19).  The free buses will run on Wednesday 30 September from 0800-1800hrs and from 0800-1700hrs on Thursday 1 October.

When visitors get off the train they need to follow the signs to the NEC across the bridge link, and look out for the show signs directing them down to the roadway below, where the bus will pick up and drop off (please note, the buses do not run from the main bus station at Birmingham International railway station).

For those arriving by car, the north car park is directly adjacent to the halls.


Register free

For more information and to register for a free trade pass to Coach & Bus Live 2015, please visit



Media enquiries & press pass request to:
Please apply for press accreditation via –

Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
t: +44 (0)1273 645134
e: [email protected]

Event Director:
Helen Conway
t: 01926 455269
e: [email protected]

Exhibitor sales enquiries to:
Martin Laverton, Group Sales Manager
t: 01733 405735
e: [email protected]


High resolution show and speaker images are available upon request:

Coach & Bus Live 2015 will take place on Wednesday 30 September – Thursday 1 October 2015 in halls 17-19, at NEC, Birmingham.  Opening times are: 0930hrs to 1700hrs on 30 September and 0930hrs to 1600hrs on 1 October.

Diversified Communications UK Ltd (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough, Leamington Spa, and Nailsworth, Glos.  Diversified UK’s portfolio includes Coach & Bus Live; Euro Bus Expo; British Tourism & Travel Show – Best of Britain & Ireland; RouteONE magazine; The Route One Operator Excellence Awards; Coach Monthly; CDC News; miniPLUS; CDC Coach Tourism Yearbook; National Coach Tourism Awards; Accountex; office*; SITS – The IT Service Management Show; Natural & Organic Products Europe; Nordic Organic Food Fair and Natural Products Scandinavia in Malmö, Sweden; camexpo; Natural Products magazine; Natural Beauty Yearbook; Casual Dining; lunch!; Commercial Kitchen; Geo Business; Ocean Business; and MARELEC Marine Electromagnetics conference.  For more information, visit:

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face-to-face events, digital and print publications and television stations.  Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management.  Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 850 staff, across eight divisions in seven countries.  For more information, visit:


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