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    • by Tom Jeffery
      Marketing and Communications Manager

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    CTA would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors at CT ’19. Their support is integral to the event and we’re pleased that they’ll be joining us to share their expertise with our members!

    You’ll find all of them at the exhibition on day two of CT ’19, and many at the Community Transport Awards dinner on day one! Make sure you say hello! 


    Headline Sponsor and Sponsor of the Community Transport Provider of the Year Award. 

    Q’Straint is proud to be the headline sponsor of CT’19 along with sponsoring the Community Transport Provider of the Year award.  We are excited to take part in this two-day event that offers great opportunities to celebrate colleagues from across the sector who share a common goal of making safety accessible for all passengers.  At Q’STRAINT, we believe all mobility passengers deserve access to the same level of safety as those around them.  In our work with transport providers and community transport, we are fortunate to hear stories everyday about these successes from local communities.  CT’19 and the Community Transport Provider of the Year Award are an excellent way to celebrate these successes in accessibility.

    Q’Straint Senior Sales Manager for the U.K., Keri Whaley, is honoured to be on the judging panel for the CT’19 Awards. “What an incredible day I had reading through the entry forms, reading the sterling examples of what Community Transport providers offer passengers,” said Keri.  “Not only that, hearing the voices of the very proud and selfless facilitators was rather emotional at times”.

    Visit our stand at CT’19 to see our range of wheelchair restraint systems, including our heavy-duty retractors which secure wheelchairs up to 200kg.  These retractors are an excellent addition to vehicles where wheelchair weights are unknown, adding that critical element of duty of care to journeys. On day two of the event we will be delivering a workshop on ‘The Latest Practice in Accessibility’. During this workshop we will discuss the correct way to secure a wheelchair, duty of care, the range of options available on the market, and will finish with a wheelchair securement activity. We can’t wait to see you at CT’19!

    Atkinson HR Consulting

    Sponsor of the Volunteer of the Year Award

    At Atkinson HR Consulting, we’re delighted to be supporting CT ‘19 and, in particular, the Volunteer of the Year Award.  Community transport plays an important role in wellbeing, tackling isolation and providing access to health services.  You already achieve great things and we can support your organisation to deliver even more impact by helping you improve the way you manage and develop your staff and volunteers.

    We’re a valued based business and work mainly with small charities and social enterprises.  We understand the challenges and barriers that small organisations face.  We take a pragmatic and proactive approach to helping you with your people and HR issues.  The services we offer include strategic HR support, training and development, recruitment and wellbeing.  You can find out more about us at https://www.atkinsonhrconsulting.co.uk or in our product brochure.

    We’d love to meet you at CT ‘19 and talk about how we can help your organisation.  You can meet us on stall eight at the exhibition.  Also, we’ll be at the awards dinner and at various sessions throughout the event.  During day two, we’re offering a free 30-minute consultation with one of our award-winning consultants.  You can use this for anything people / HR-related and we’ll help you look at your issue from the right perspective and identify options for resolving, making improvements or easing your worry.  Click here to book in your free 30 minute chat.

    We look forward to seeing you at the event and helping you celebrate the fantastic achievements from all of your work across the sector.


    Sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award

    As a proud sponsor and supporter of the CTA and its members, Unwin Safety Systems now BraunAbility UK, are delighted to be a part of this event. There have been many challenges faced by the sector in recent years and it is testament to the commitment of all of the CT operators that there is a bright future for the Community Transport sector.

    BraunAbility UK play a small part in supporting the sector by providing industry leading products for wheelchair accessible vehicles, including wheelchair tie-downs and occupant restraints, passenger tail lifts, ramps, seat fixtures and flooring solutions. We look forward to supporting this amazing sector in its future success.


    Exhibiting at CT ’19

    Thames Valley Operators is a Community Interest Company set up by three Community Transport charities in the Thames Valley area. Back in 2003 we were looking for software to support our own CT operations and, being unable to find a suitable commercial solution, decided to write our own. The result was CATSS which we found so useful that we formed TVO to make it available to other CT organisations.

    Having hands-on experience of our own software every day as we run our urban and rural services, we think it’s the little things, based on our inside knowledge and empathy, that make the difference. Today our expertise is shared successfully with numerous community transport operators throughout the UK.As a Community Interest Company any surplus we make through the development of CATSS software is re-invested directly back into the services provided for our communities by the three founding organisations.

    Courtside Conversions

    Sponsor of the Serving Rural Communities Award

    Courtside Conversions have worked with Community Transport groups from all over the UK for over 20 years and are so honoured to be able to supply and work alongside so many wonderful organisations doing such a fantastic job in so many communities.

    We are very glad to be supporting the Serving Rural Communities Award as well as being an Exhibition Sponsor. We see the social value that providing a vehicle to communities can bring, from battling isolation and loneliness, to providing access to health and social care services. We chose to sponsor the Serving Rural Communities award as being based in the South West in Devon, rural seclusion and isolation is very common and we see first-hand how community transport offers a lifeline to those that cannot access public transport.

    We realise that organisations have different transport requirements and we are one of just a few converters that can offer a totally bespoke conversion specification. To reinforce our commitment to Community Transport groups, we are a Corporate Supporter working in partnership with the Community Transport Association and are able to provide advice and support to all CTA members. We have a small friendly sales team who are available to help with any requirement you might have. We have worked alongside the CTA on a number of projects and most recently supplied a number of vehicles to organisations as part of the ‘Community Minibus Fund’ and hope to help with ‘Connecting Communities in Wales’ which will be delivered through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme. We hope that everybody thoroughly enjoys the CT19 Show, we look forward to seeing some familiar faces and hopefully meeting lots of new people too. Come and say hi to us on the Courtside Conversions stand.


    Sponsor of the Doing Things Differently Award and the CT Awards Drinks Reception

    As a member of the Community Transport Association, one of your member benefits is access to a competitive, community transport focused insurance offering through our CTA Insurance scheme. Many of our members across the UK have an insurance policy with CTA Insurance and CTA is proud to be partnering with Endsleigh Insurance Brokers as our new insurance provider. CTA are excited to be working in partnership with Endsleigh and to be bringing their expertise and experience as our new insurance partner.  Having an insurance partner who understands your needs is essential in finding the right cover, which is why the Community Transport Association has chosen Endsleigh to provide specialist advice and support to its members. Endsleigh can advise upon and arrange a number of products including minibus & transport insurance, public liability and employers’ liability to name a few.


    Exhibiting at CT ’19

    Established in 2009, EVM’s success is built on core values of creativity, commitment and enthusiasm, keeping customers’ desires at the heart of everything. EVM manufacture bespoke Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus and minicoach from 8 to 22 seats in low and high floor variants and accessible options.Our focus remains to exceed the expectations in the innovation and production of quality products. Our state of the art manufacturing facilities in Kilbeggan Co. Westmeath enable us to have in-house major production processes and ensure tight quality control, cost effectivity and the ability to be flexible with customer requirements.

    We are constantly investing in the latest technology and business techniques to make us stand out from the competition. Combined with an excellent workforce, emphasis on quality and short lead times ensures we remain at the leading edge of our industry.

    GM Coachwork

    Sponsor of the Partnership of the Year Award

    GM Coachwork has been providing minibus conversions for over 30 years. Established in 1988, our years of experience ensures we always recommend the best minibus conversions to suit the needs of our clients.We specialise in offering community transport providers cost effective transport solutions including minibuses which can seat up to 17 passengers and those that carry wheelchair occupants. We understand that no two clients’ needs are the same so therefore no two minibuses we build are the same. With our knowledge and expertise, we will help guide clients through the numerous options available to make sure you get the most out of your minibus. We can tailor make any vehicle with a client’s choice of seating, doors, steps, heating and trimming and every minibus conversion is finished to the same exacting standards.

    We are an accredited convertor for Peugeot, Renault, Vauxhall Volkswagen and IVECO and as an ISO9001 and ISO14001 accredited business you know you’re in the hands of a highly reputable organisation where quality always comes first.

    UK Global Road Safety

    Sponsor of the MiDAS Driver of the Year Award

    UK Global Road Safety Ltd (UKGRS) is the UK’s leading provider of MiDAS minibus assessments and training nationwide.  UKGRS have a team of highly qualified, knowledgeable and experienced trainers that deliver a wide range of driver assessment and training programmes across the UK, we are also ISO:9001: 2015 certified. Collectively the management team at UKGRS have over 70 years of experience in the driver training industry, we pride ourselves in providing in-depth information and advice and the most suitable assessment or training programme for your organisations requirements’. Our trainers are located throughout the UK and travel to your location to deliver the MiDAS programmes, they are extremely knowledgeable in road safety and the specialist field of MiDAS & Minibus training, with the ability to provide support, advice and guidance in many aspects of road safety.

    To ensure the training we deliver is of the highest standard our trainers are monitored by senior team members on a regular basis, each trainer has an on-going personal development plan that is supported by UKGRS. Our comprehensive computerised administration system allows us to provide a first-class support service.  Automated emails ensure that you are kept informed and never miss a certification renewal date for your drivers.  Every aspect of each programme we deliver is recorded, which means that UKGRS can provide an auditable trail of your drivers’ training and record of certification at any time. UKGRS also provide Online Driver Risk Assessments & Education services in the UK and globally and operate this low cost, e-learning platform in over 70 countries with over 100 languages.

    Whatever your driver training requirement, give UKGRS a call on 01452 347 332 or email us on support@ukgrs.com. Quote CTA19 for a 10% discount on all bookings made prior to 31st December 2019.

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