2015 REVIEW OF LUXURY MINIBUS & COACH HIRE

Another extremely busy and successful year it has been for us at Nova Bussing. 2015 had some very big events taking place which required luxury transport.

The year started off with us in talks with the Labour party about their transport requirements for the two coach election campaign tour.  It was a very busy March & April with a brand new coach turning up for this job.Once the election tour was finished it was straight on to slightly different tour with SClub7 which took us to the end of May.

Nova Bussing Labour Battle Bus

Nova Bussing Labour Battle Buses – 2015 Uk General Election

The summer months saw the standard scenario in the coach industry of excess amounts of luxury work which far exceeds the number of luxury minibuses/coaches available.

This year we have noticed that there are a lot more requirements for 9 to 11 passenger full luxury minibuses. The repeated comment coming back from our customers is that they do not want to be using a 16/19 seater and actually want a 9/11 seater with larger seats. With this in mind our VIP 11 seater range is proving very popular and we are now looking at creating a 9 seater VIP range.

July saw us undertaking another big branding project which required four luxury coaches wrapped for The Open in St Andrews. There was a very tight turn around for these coaches to get them wrapped in one weekend and up to Edinburgh.

Luxury Coach at Open Championship - Scotland

Our Luxury Coaches at Open Championship – Scotland

During the summer months we undertook a large variety of garden tours, with a lot of repeat customers from 2014.  The majority of our overseas customers this year were from Austria, France and Switzerland.

We undertook three very large weddings this year with one wedding requiring 17 Luxury Mercedes Benz minibuses all required to be less than 4 years old. We are lucky to have a number of companies that work with us when we have excess luxury work.

The Rugby World Cup was the major event for 2015 with a phenomenal amount of VIP business in London for the matches. We attended nearly every match in London and also the Cardiff fixtures proved very popular. Due to the shortage of luxury minibuses there was a big increase in rates being paid for new VIP minibuses. For us the Rugby World Cup turned out to be one of the most profitable events in recent years.

The horse racing meets, Cheltenham Festival in March and Royal Ascot in June were also very popular as usual. We already have a lot of bookings for the 2016 race meetings and expect these two to be extremely popular again.

To summarise, this year has been a great year for the coach industry with a lot more high quality work than was expected. 2016 is already looking like being a strong year with more quotes out than at this time last year.

If you would like to book with us for 2016, then do not hesitate to contact our office or send an email to info@novabussing.co.uk. For a quick and easy option, you can find our Online Instant Quote Form on our website and we will get a quote back to you as quick as we can.

Brand New Coach At Nova Bussing

With the year off to a fantastic start, the highlights at Nova Bussing continue to arise with the arrival of our brand new 2015 luxury coach!

So far we have already secured a large number of bookings for this vehicle, which are now confirmed and awaiting departure for numerous dates. Among these private hire bookings, we have also taken multiple luxury, executive and VIP requirements for large corporate events, as well as bookings from international clients requesting a variety of day trips and multiple day tour itineraries.

As a respected and reputable luxury minibus and coach operator, we aim to provide only the best vehicles for our clients ensuring they receive new, reliable and stand-out vehicles when booking with us. We are continually updating our fleet of minibuses and coaches throughout the year, looking to purchase the most presentable, economically-friendly and fuel efficient coaches possible.

To keep within our expectations, our new coach is both professional and luxurious, including some of the latest attributes available within the industry such as; large full leather seating with reclining features, 4G Wi-Fi, fresh-water toilet/washroom, tea and coffee making facilities, full air conditioning/climate control, rear air suspension and brand new safety features that meet the latest travel requirements.

Looks Like a Busy Summer

As the glorious British summer begins to set in once again, we are starting to see a large increase in the number of daily bookings taken in the Nova Bussing office. It looks like a busy summer for us, with our office receiving an influx of quote requests from clients across the UK looking to book for all occasions; from day trips across London, to full 3 week garden tours across Kent and East Sussex.

As well as private hire requirements, we have seen a substantial rise in the number of bookings for large UK hosted events such as; Royal Ascot, Epsom Investec Derby, British Formular One and The Henley Royal Regatta. With many luxurious events such as these filling up our summer calendar, it is now the time to get those luxury minibuses and luxury coaches sorted and booked before availability runs thin! We are already extremely busy during the next few months of summer with not much availability left for our luxury fleet, so booking early to secure a luxury vehicle is highly recommended.

The summer 2015 calendar:

Epsom Derby: 5th – 6th June 

Royal Ascot: 16th – 20th June 

Glastonbury: 24th – 28th June

Henley Royal Regatta: 1st – 5th July

King George Day Ascot: 26th – 27th July

Glorious Goodwood: 28th July – 1st August

Goodwood Revival: 11th – 13th September

No matter what the event, arriving in the appropriate manner is crucial. For situations such as these, a luxury minibus or coach is definitely the way to make a lasting impression when arriving on the scene.

We own a range of VIP and Executive minibuses which are a cut above the standard luxury minibuses available. The VIP minibuses include unique qualities such as extra wide seating at the front of the minibus for extra room and air suspension fitted creating a much smoother travel experience compared to our luxury minibus range, a feature found only on VIP vehicles. This range also include full air conditioning, full leather seating, large boot space and finished in white/silver with plain livery, making them perfect for all situations. In addition to all our vehicles, we assign professional, qualified well presented drivers ready to meet the requirements of your journey.

As mentioned before, it is going to be a very busy summer and booking your vehicles early is highly recommended! If you have any minibus or coach requirements, then please do not hesitate to contact us at info@novabussing.co.uk or call our office on 0800 6444 118. Alternatively, for a quick and easy quote within 24 hours please fill in our Online Quote Form located throughout our website at www.novabussing.co.uk.

Professional Drivers – Luxury Minibus Hire

As mentioned in an earlier Nova Bussing blog, ‘Luxury Self-Drive Minibus Hire‘, we discussed the availability of luxury self-drive minibuses. As far as we are aware, there are few, if any, luxury self-drive providers in England. This is due to a combination of vast insurance costs and general administration requirements needed to get the vehicle road-ready. Therefore, hiring a luxury minibus with all of the latest features is only half of what you should be expecting to receive.

Professional and fully qualified drivers are essential in completing the luxury minibus package. In our eyes, a luxury minibus driver should be a responsible individual with a honed experience in the minibus/coaching industry and a vast knowledge of the road.

As would you expect to turn up to an interview in a presentable fashion, the same applies for a luxury minibus driver. We ensure that our clients are met by a polite, friendly and respectable driver; someone who is ready to meet the needs of the client and provide an expected service during the journey. First appearances are crucial when reassuring a client about their booking decision, therefore our drivers always arrive on time and in a presentable manor; clean shaven, pressed shirt, tie, suit trousers and suitable footwear. At the end of the day, our drivers are there to reflect the intentions of our company. By turning up in a consistent company uniform, we can be sure clients gain the right impression; especially when multiple drivers are assigned to a single booking.

We undertake a large amount of corporate bookings and private VIP requirements, therefore it is our responsibility to ensure business remains discrete and professional at all times. We pay our drivers more than the average and therefore expect our drivers to be above that of the average minibus/coach driver; providing a service that consists of discretion, punctuality and most importantly professionalism.

To summarise, a professional luxury minibus driver should provide a service that clients can relax and feel at ease for the duration of the journey. They should be responsible and have the correct etiquette; wanting to meet the requirements of the passengers. Knowledge of the route and the roads they will be taking are essential also, especially knowing second routes and other alternatives when faced with traffic jams and accidents.

All of our drivers are fully qualified, professional and knowledgeable, undergoing  regular training schemes and license checks throughout their employment. In addition to this, our drivers undergo CPC training each year, ensuring that they meet the correct standards for commercial driving.

If you would like to find out more about our services then feel free to email our office at info@novabussing.co.uk or alternatively browse our website www.novabussing.co.uk.

Luxury Minibus Hire to Henley Royal Regatta

Luxury Minibuses For Henley Royal Regatta

Luxury Minibuses For Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta is known as the world’s most reputable regatta. The annual event is considered one of the peak highlights in the summer sporting calendar and social season, attracting thousands of visitors over a 5 day period. Spectators will be thrilled by the 200+ races of international standard, including Olympians and crews new to the event.

Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, with the exception of the two World Wars. Originally staged by the Mayor and people of Henley as a public attraction with a fair and other amusements, the emphasis rapidly changed so that competitive amateur rowing became its main purpose. From this point Henley Royal Regatta has become an international event with the local town’s folk attending the events as well as visits from the Royal Family and visitors from across the country and over seas.

With the 4th and 5th of July being typically the busiest days for us during this event, we would recommend booking your desired minibus or coach as early as possible.

Here is a complete list of the event’s dates for 2015:

Henley Royal Regatta 2015:

  • Wednesday 1st July – Preliminary Heats
  • Thursday 2nd July – Preliminary Heats /Heats & Quarter-finals
  • Friday 3rd July – Heats & Quarter-finals
  • Saturday 4th July – Semi-finals
  • Sunday 5th July – Finals

As expected, this is a high demand period for luxury vehicles such as minibuses and coaches. To keep within the prestigious themes of the events, our luxury minibuses provide the perfect combination of class and comfort for any client wishing to attend Henley Royal Regatta. All of our luxury minibuses and coaches include full leather seating with reclining features, air conditioning/climate control and 4G Wi-Fi.

We aim to give our clients a stress-free experience that they will remember for years to come. If you are looking for seating around tables so you can chat face-to-face with fellow passengers then our fleet of minibuses and coaches with tables could be ideal for you. We also operate a fleet of larger coaches with toilet/wash-rooms and tea and coffee making facilities, ensuring you arrive feeling refreshed and ready for the races.

For more information about the availability of our luxury minibuses and coaches please feel free to contact us during our office hours (08:00 AM – 17:00 PM). Alternatively, fill in our quote form located throughout our website, or send an email to us at info@novabussing.co.uk.

Nova Bussing Review of the RBS 6 Nations 2015

It has been a very productive time of year for us so far at Nova Bussing, with many luxury requirements for the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Tournament. We have already taken a number of bookings from clients requesting luxury minibuses and coaches for the previous RBS 6 Nations matches and can expect the quotes to continue throughout the following weeks.

With the next big matches being England v Scotland (14th March) and England v France (21st March), both kicking off at Twickenham, clients have been looking into booking their luxury minibuses and coaches, requesting vehicles from our VIP 11 seater minibuses to our much larger luxury 29 seater coaches.

RBS 6 Nations

RBS 6 Nations

We expect the next two RBS 6 Nations matches held at Twickenham will be the busiest for us at Nova Bussing, especially the penultimate match between England and France:

  • 14th March – England v Scotland @ 17:00 (Twickenham Stadium) 
  • 21st March – England v France @ 17:00 (Twickenham Stadium) 

As Twickenham is not as easily accessible by public transport as other stadiums are, we would suggest booking early for the RBS 6 Nations. For more information about our services please feel free to email us at info@novabussing.co.uk or call our office on 0800 6444 118.

Luxury Minibus Hire for Golf Tours

Golf tours are very popular for us, with tours taking place throughout the year. Being based in the South of England, there are many very prestigious golf courses that attract the attention of golf tour enthusiasts from all over the world, making luxury transport very popular throughout the seasons.

We have worked with many golf travel agents over the years, with players from Europe and America flying into London for golf  holidays. This year the Open Golf Championship returns to the home of golf at St Andrew’s in July 2015. We have already taken several bookings for golf tours, which also include a visit to St Andrew’s to see some world class golfers in action.

Depending on the size of the party, we would recommend certain vehicles that would be perfect for the amount of equipment being transported.

Our VIP minibuses are highly appropriate for small golf groups of around 4 – 8 people, as they include large boot space, lots of room internally, many luxury features. These vehicles also include large reclining leather seats, full air conditioning and black tinted windows.

For larger groups of passengers, from 12 – 16 people, we would recommend our luxury 22 seater coaches. These include all the features of our luxury and VIP minibuses, but with extra boot space for clubs and bags. The luxury coaches also have tea and coffee making facilities and a toilet/washroom.

In 2003 the Open Golf Championship took place at Royal St George’s in Kent, which was an extremely busy time for us. Many golfers enjoy visiting the open championship golf courses and playing the courses that they watch on the TV.

Other popular courses in Kent that we would normally take people to are below:

Popular Kent Golf Courses:

  • Royal St George’s (The Open Championship Course 2011)
  • Royal Cinque Ports (Open Championships in 1909 and 1920)
  • Chart Hills Golf Club (Designed by Sir Nick Faldo)
  • London Club Golf Course (World Match Play Championship Course 2014)
  • Littlestone Golf course (The Open Championship Qualifying Course 2011)

Some groups plan much longer trips, touring the rest of the UK. As well as touring across England, golfers also enjoy playing some of the fine Scottish courses during their trip. Some clients like to work their way up to Scotland playing courses along the way, while others prefer to fly direct. We have many connections across the UK and have provided for Scottish tours on a number of occasions.

If you would like to find out more about our services and what we could provide for your golf tours, then please do not hesitate to browse our website or send us a quote request.

Luxury Minibus for Kent Golf Tours

Luxury Minibus for Golf Tours

Coach Hire & Minibus Hire for Weddings

Weddings are a wonderful experience for all who are involved and are a time for family and friends to enjoy themselves on the bride and groom’s special day. Hiring a luxury minibus or coach is the perfect option to ensure efficient transfers of your guests on your wedding day. We receive many quotes throughout the year from clients looking to book luxury coaches and minibuses for weddings, and there are a few helpful points that we would advise any bride and groom to consider before looking for transport quotes.

Wedding Coach Hire

Wedding Coach Hire

Firstly, organisers of weddings  often start out by requesting coach quotes for hundreds of people to be transferred, when in fact it’s normally just small groups of close family. Many guests will choose to drive to the church or reception leaving only the close family members needing group transfers. This means that a review of the amount of guests needing to be transferred should be done, rather than summarising the amount of guests expected to attend the wedding in general.

A coach is usually the first protocol for most weddings, however we find that this is commonly subject to the accessibility of the venue. A major factor in Kent and the Southeast  is how accessible churches and wedding receptions  are in a large coach. Being experienced with wedding coach hire in Kent, we always try to point out if the venue is unacceptable for a large vehicle at the early stages of a quote request. If you are unsure about a venue’s access, it is very important that you check this before the day with the coach company.

Another point to be aware of is how the length of day will effect the price when hiring a vehicle. If the type of trip is just a standard ‘to the church then back to the reception’, then the price will be considerably cheaper than if a client wishes to have the coach from 14:00 PM until 01:00 AM the following morning. If budget is an issue then this is a great element to explore when making initial decisions.

When it comes to timings on the day, it should be a priority that the vehicles are present early and arrive on time when needed. This should be evident in a quote form, knowledge of the planned times and schedule should be clear and always have flexibility for guests to get organised on the day. In  addition to this, it is also important to chose the hire date with many factors in mind. For example, if a wedding was being held in January, the cost would differ by quite a margin compared to the busy summer months such as June and July.

All of these points will help bride and grooms decide what will be the best option to choose on their special day. But it is never just up to the client, a reputable company should as well be knowledgeable, helpful and courteous when booking a vehicle. We have been providing for weddings for many years and are very welcome to any questions.

Luxury Minibuses for Royal Ascot 2015

Royal Ascot is very prestigious event during the British summer, with flocks of people arriving in high class vehicles and indulging in the weekend’s delights. For most, it is a time to enjoy the upmarket lifestyle of horse racing and fine dining as well as making the most of the social aspects like parties and various events.

It is always a very busy time of year for us with our luxury minibuses and luxury coaches being booked months in advance and with Ascot 2015 in particular resulting in a few year early bookings! Over the last two years our luxury minibuses have proven to be very popular with guests who like to turn up in style and have proven to offer the finest transport possible for both corporate clients and private hire parties.

Royal Ascot 2015 Schedule:

Tuesday 16th June – The Royal Meeting

Wednesday 17th June – The Prince of Wales’ Stakes

Thursday 18th June – Gold Cup Day/Ladies’ Day

Friday 19th June – The Coronation Stakes

Saturday 20th June – The Grand Finale

Royal Ascot Luxury Minibus Hire

Luxury Minibuses for Royal Ascot 2015

Our luxury minibuses range in size from 10 seater to 16 seater minibuses which are ideal for small groups, or if you are planning on taking a bigger group we also have a fleet of 25 seater and 29 seater luxury coaches.

Use the online instant quote form to get a quote emailed to you today. If you would like to discuss your coach or minibus requirements, please don’t hesitate to phone the office on 0800 6444 118.

Wedding Minibus Hire in Kent

We have had a lot of bookings for wedding minibus hire in Kent over the years and when looking over the bookings, we have noticed a wide range from weddings at Leeds Castle and Penshurst Place to smaller wedding venues such as local churches and village halls.

Our luxury Mercedes Benz minibuses are very popular for weddings, with many people looking for qualities including  blacked out windows, white with plain livery and of course internal features such as large leather seats, air conditioning/climate control and entertainment systems. All of these features will make transporting guests to the church and then on to the reception a much better experience for all, ensuring high quality and helping to make the day special for everyone involved.

If you have a wedding in Kent or the surrounding areas then why not contact us for a quote on a luxury minibus or coach?

If you would like to receive a quote from us then please fill in our Online Instant Quote Form on our website, or send an email to info@novabussing.co.uk with your trip details and itineraries. Alternatively, if you would prefer to discuss requirements by phone then do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 6444 118.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wedding Minibus Hire in Kent

Wedding Minibus Hire in Kent