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Old Tridents, Peter Nathanail and Dominic Kalantary (class of 2015) were delighted to announce the prestigious award, as their company Vectare Limited scooped Gold at the UK Bus Awards in the New Horizons category this month. The category recognises projects that have embraced technology and showcase creativity and innovation in the bus industry.
Vectare Limited, a company set up by Directors Peter and Dominic (now aged 21), just 6 months after they graduated from Trent College, was shortlisted down to seven companies from over 200 nominations, facing stiff competition from council bus operators, industry trade bodies and multinational transport PLCs including Go-Ahead, Stagecoach and Arriva.
In announcing the award, the UK Bus Awards judges commented on the ‘well thought out software’ and praised its ‘ability to achieve modal shift at the peak school run times’. Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said “This tech makes planning travel to and from school easy for both parents and pupils, as well as the schools themselves. We would like to congratulate Vectare on their outstanding achievement”.
Vectare was founded only two and a half years ago, which makes this award such a wonderful achievement for the Old Tridents. They are however very keen to stress that Vectare is a team and this achievement is a ‘whole team’ effort. Dominic says “Without our talented software engineers and graphic designers, this award-winning product would still just be an idea. It is only our excellent team members that allow us to produce so much innovative and industry-leading work”.
Peter continues “We got into this business because we wanted to change the way that people perceive bus travel. All too often, people find buses to be confusing, unreliable and expensive. Our network planning tools, software solutions and consultancy underpinned by data analysis all help to address these issues, working towards our overall aim of making public transport simple and accessible for all”.
Dominic, a former Senior Prefect and Peter, formerly Head of Whole School Programme, were instrumental in improvements made to the Trent College School Bus Service during their time in the Sixth Form. As joint leaders of the School Environmental Team, they worked closely with Trent’s Director of Operations, James Gregory (himself an Old Trident and President of the Old Trident’s Society). Their work made the School Bus Service more attractive to pupils, delivering traffic management benefits and reducing the environmental impact of the “school run”.
Upon leaving Trent, Dominic headed off to the University of Exeter to study Economics and Politics whilst Peter studied Transport and Business Management at Loughborough University. Throughout their higher education, they continued their association with Trent, consulting with James to deliver further improvements to the School Bus Service.
Peter says “Our work at Trent College formed an important part of our award submission, and indeed the map and publicity materials we created for the school were featured in the award booklet.”
“We really appreciate the opportunities that James and Trent have given us, which have allowed us to grow the company at a pace beyond that which we ever imagined. James’ advice and tips on business and life in general have been invaluable, and we really value the friendship that we have.”
In reply James said “It has been and remains an absolute delight to be involved with Peter and Dominic, and above all be friends. What sets them apart from the rest is their sheer depth of knowledge and passion for their subject.”
Peter and Dominic, who are also members of the Old Tridents’ Society Committee, having been voted on as Trustees in 2017, with Dominic taking on the role of Society Treasurer, are excited for Vectare’s future, adding “The public transport industry has so much to offer, but it needs a bit of reinventing. With several unique products in development, we’re harnessing the latest technology to make buses, coaches and trains an attractive mode of transport. There has never been a more exciting time for us as a company than where we are now.”