Sittingbourne-based bus and coach operator Chalkwell is celebrating two milestones in the company’s 84 year history.
The family run business has joined Busmark, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) benchmarking group for the bus and coach sector.
At the same time, Chalkwell’s Managing Director Clive Eglinton and his son Roland, Commercial Director, have been appointed as Chartered Fellows of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.
The company has been associated with CILT for more than half a century with Clive joining as a member in 1963.
He said: “For me it has been a great privilege to be a member of CILT for over 50 years having been encouraged to join when I started in the bus industry on leaving school.
“I greatly welcome the development of Busmark as a very positive move by the Institute on behalf of the bus and coach industry.
I am delighted that Chalkwell has the opportunity to join and be in the company of other leading and innovative bus and coach businesses.
“We are looking forward to sharing best practices and working alongside other companies to help improve the industry across the UK and beyond.
“The sharing of knowledge and ideas with other respected firms will prove invaluable to our company’s continuing development.
” He added that Operations Manager Andy Bates was appointed as a Chartered Member of CILT in October 2013 further strengthening the Chalkwell management team’s involvement with the Institute.
Said Chris Ruane, CILT Business Development Officer: “We are pleased to welcome Chalkwell on board.
Busmark is a rapidly expanding benchmarking group that continues to capture the attention of the bus and coach industry.
“With Chalkwell’s experience and their diverse fleet they will add to the expertise and development of Busmark.”
He added that Busmark enables bus and coach companies to come together to consider and debate solutions to the challenges faced by members.
“At the same time, to discuss modern business innovation, all of which is aimed at improving the quality of service to customers.”