Stagecoach Group ranked 82 (2017: 166) in the overall Britain’s Most Admired Companies (BMAC) 2018 survey

  • Bus and rail group rated sector leader for innovation and people development
  • Management Today reputation survey of 250 companies across 25 sectors

PERTH, Scotland, 10-Dec-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Stagecoach Group has been rated one of Britain’s top three most admired transport companies, according to the longest-running annual survey of corporate reputation in the UK.

The Group achieved a better reputation score than major organisations such as the BBC and the John Lewis Partnership in the overall Britain’s Most Admired Companies (BMAC) 2018 survey.

The transport group, which operates bus and rail services in the UK and North America, was ranked 82 (2017: 166) in the full survey out of around 250 businesses across 25 sectors.

Stagecoach has consistently been rated highly against its transport sector peers in Management Today’s annual review of Britain’s largest public companies and leading employers.

Managed by Echo Research, the peer-review uses responses from board-level representatives, analysts and city commentators to rate organisations against 12 key criteria.

Criteria include quality of management; financial soundness; quality of goods and services; ability to attract, develop and retain top talent; long-term value potential, capacity to innovate; quality of marketing; community and environmental responsibility; use of corporate assets; inspirational leadership; global competitiveness; and corporate governance.

In the 2018 survey, Stagecoach was:

  • third out of all 250 companies for its ability to attract, develop and retain top talent.
  • first in the transport sector on the same measure
  • the top transport company for its capacity to innovate.
  • second in the transport sector for global competitiveness
  • one of the top three transport companies for the quality of products and services, community and environmental responsibility, and corporate governance

Steven Stewart, Stagecoach Group’s Director of Communications, said: “We are proud to have once again been rated amongst Britain’s most admired companies. The results reflect the major contribution our employees and our businesses make to the economy and local communities, and mirror our continuing high levels of customer satisfaction.

“We’re particularly pleased to have been recognised for harnessing our talent and developing new ideas. Our investment in these areas is central to our strategy of shaping and transforming the future of mobility for everyone, as well as helping solve the big challenges facing our country.

“But we know we need to keep on earning our reputation. That is why we remain focused on investing in our people and businesses to deliver high quality services to our customers and communities, value for money for taxpayers, and good returns for our investors.”

The table below shows the position of transport companies in their sector and the overall survey, along with their total score:


1 62 National Express 81.3
2 65 easyJet 81.1
3 82 Stagecoach 78.8
4 115 Wizz Air Holdings 75.9
5 116 Virgin Atlantic 75.8
6 141 Arriva 73.9
7 146 Go-Ahead Group 73.4
8 147 International Airlines Group 73.3
9 154 Ryanair 72.5
10 247 FirstGroup 49.8

Britain’s Most Admired Company 2018 was drinks group Diageo, with a score of 99.4.


For further information, please contact Stagecoach Group Communications on 01738 442111 or email


Britain’s Most Admired Companies 2018

Stagecoach Group

  • Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transportation group, with extensive operations in the UK, the United States and Canada. The Group employs around 31,000 people.
  • Stagecoach is one of the UK’s biggest bus and coach operators with over 8,000 buses and coaches on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Low-cost coach service,, operates a network of inter-city services across the UK.
  • Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the East Midlands Trains network and holding a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast rail franchise.
  • Stagecoach operates the Supertram light rail network in Sheffield.
  • In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,100 buses and coaches in the United States and Canada. operates a network of inter-city coach services in North America. Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter, transit, contracted, charter, airport shuttle and sightseeing services.

Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter, transit, contracted, charter, airport shuttle and sightseeing services.

SOURCE: Stagecoach Group plc.


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