Bus passengers in South Tyneside are being invited to reward a bus driver who has a winning smile or an employee who has gone the extra mile.
Stagecoach say the customer who nominates their customer service champion will also bank £500.
The firm has launched its annual Champions Awards for employees – and is inviting bus passengers to nominate their favourite member of staff.
Now in its ninth year, the company’s awards scheme recognises staff achievements in a number of categories including safety, environment, health, innovation, community and customer service.
Stagecoach North East is calling on the help of bus customers in South Shields to nominate their favourite employee, which could be a driver, customer service assistant, inspector or any other member of the Stagecoach team.
The customer who nominates a gold award-winning employee will receive £500, a silver award-winning employee will receive £250 and a bronze award-winning employee will receive £125.
Managing director of Stagecoach North East, Steve Walker, said: “We know many of our staff have a great relationship with our customers and the job they do is appreciated by the local community. This is a chance for our customers to help local staff gain recognition at a national level as well as potentially winning a prize themselves.”
Customers who wish to nominate an employee can do so at www.stagecoachbus.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to give details of the staff member and an explanation of why they believe the employee deserves to win an award.
The deadline or nominations is midnight on Friday May 25.