January 29, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Taxi's Search for 'Cabbie of the Year'

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2012) - Swinton Taxi Division, the UK's leading high street retailer of cheap taxi insurance is searching for the country's greatest cabbies with its inaugural 'Cabbie of the Year 2012' awards.

Taxi drivers with a heart of gold are being encouraged to enter the competition to win the coveted title of 'Cabbie of the Year 2012' as well as a cheque for £1,000 and will also drive away with year's free taxi insurance - a prize worth thousands of pounds.

Swinton Taxi Division is also offering prizes of £500 for second place and £250 for third.

To enter cabbies, or their nominator must describe in no more than 150 words why they are worthy of receiving the lucrative title of 'Cabbie of the Year 2012' and Swinton's expert judging panel will decide on a winner.

The competition opens for entry on 1st February 2012 and closes on 30th April 2012. Presentation ceremonies for the lucky winners will be held at the UK's largest private hire and taxi trade exhibition, Private Hire and Taxi Monthly in May 2012 at The Ricoh Arena.

Alex Cooke of Swinton Taxi Division said: "Taxi drivers do so much for their community with many of us relying on them on a daily basis, whether it's to get to and from school or work, and even in emergency situations. We're urging all those taxi drivers or those who know a taxi driver who continuously drives the extra mile for their customers to enter our competition.

"Perhaps they've raised lots of money for charity, helped someone in need or have simply served their community flawlessly throughout their career. Swinton Taxi Division and the taxi industry want to recognise these achievements in our Cabbie of the Year 2012 competition. With fantastic prizes up for grabs, it would be foolish to drive away from this opportunity."

Application forms will be available in the February, March and April issues of PHTM magazine. Drivers can also email mysterytipper@swinton.co.uk to request an application form or visit www.swintontaxi.co.uk from 1st February 2012.

For more information on the Cabbie of the Year competition, please visit www.swintontaxi.co.uk

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk

About Swinton

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, taxi, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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