First 70 plate bus for Manchester as part of £5.8m Diamond Bus NW investment
Diamond Bus North West has highlighted its investment commitment to Greater Manchester over the last two weeks with the arrival of 28 brand new Wright Streetdeck buses, and what is believed to be Manchester’s first 70-plate bus.
The vehicles represent an investment of some £5.8m. The buses are painted in the firm’s two-tone blue branding, delivered direct from Ballymena in Northern Ireland. The finishing vinyls were completed on site in Bolton, by Smart Graphics.
Following what the firm describes as a ‘white knuckle ride’ of a first 12 months in Bolton, including preparing the fleet for the return of schools in September, the delivery represents a positive experience for the city.
Diamond Bus North West Managing Director Bob Dunn says: “This is just part of our investment of which, to date, we have received 47 brand-new buses during 2020 and over the pandemic. Our committed and respected team have pulled out all stops and done a great job in getting these vehicles ready for service in a short space of time.
“The fact we operated the first 70 plate bus in Greater Manchester is something we are all very proud of. It has been an achievement that we are still able to bring in these buses during these uncertain times. We are investing heavily into Greater Manchester and you can already see the difference we are making to the region.”
Like thousands of businesses across the UK, the Covid-19 virus has had an impact on Smart Graphics but with extra safety measures, we have been able to adapt and continue to serve the needs of the transport industry. However, we also appreciate that others are less fortunate and many people have suffered real financial hardship as a direct result of the pandemic.
As a team, we wanted to see what we could do to help. Although we are a national company serving the whole of the UK, given the current restrictions and need to minimise contact with others, we decided that we would like to help a local charity. Therefore, we contacted Radio Clyde to see if we could help to support their Cash For Kids charity who help disadvantaged families across Glasgow and the West of Scotland. At the moment, they have a need for additional financial resources as many people are struggling to cope with the impact of Covid-19 on income and also on access to free school meals.
Our approach was an offer to print rainbow stickers so that the station could distribute these to listeners in exchange for a small donation to show their support for the appeal. Radio Clyde were delighted with the offer and asked if sister stations (West FM and Westsound) could also join the initiative. The stickers have been promoted by show presenters and are available to purchase directly from the stations website www.planetradio.co.uk
We hope that the gesture helps to play a small part in building awareness of the Cash For Kids appeal and makes a contribution towards assisting those battling financial pressures during these challenging times.
“At Smart Graphics, there is always something going on from team adventures to updates on the antics of the office dogs, we enjoy sharing our latest news. In addition, we are delighted to help out with comments for trade press articles as we enjoy good rapport with a broad range of industry publications”.
The Smart Graphics team are delighted to announce a charity partnership with Prostate Cancer UK. We conducted a short survey to see which good cause the team would like to support and the overwhelming response was for a cancer based charity.
As we will be exhibiting at the CV Show, we wanted to help a charity partner to raise money and join us on the stand to build awareness. Paul Bellard (General Manager) said, “I am delighted to announce our partnership with Prostate Cancer UK. The team were keen to support a cancer based charity – rather than ask a few people, we asked the whole team as it was important to have backing from everyone. Prostate cancer is close to my own heart as a family member has suffered from the disease. As well as promoting the charity at the CV show, we will be giving pin badges to the team to highlight their support for the cause. We also have plans for some exciting fundraising activity during the course of the year”.
As we develop our partnership, we will continue to bring you news on the latest developments. In the mean-time, we would like to share some of the very basic facts and figures about prostate cancer. (Last updated: September 2018)
Across the UK
• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
• More than 47,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's 129 men every day.
• Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 11,500 men every year.
• 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
• Around 400,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
• More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England.
• More than 9,000 men die from prostate cancer every year in England.
• Every hour, one man dies from prostate cancer in England.
• More than 325,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in England.
• More than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
• Around 900 men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland.
• More than 26,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in Scotland.
• More than 2,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Wales.
• Around 600 men die from prostate cancer every year in Wales.
• Around 21,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in Wales.
In Northern Ireland
• More than 1,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland.
• More than 200 men die every year from prostate cancer in Northern Ireland.
• More than 9,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer in Northern Ireland.