Stagecoach Group, which provides bus services in Gloucestershire, has been named as one of the top 10 most admired businesses in the UK, according to an annual survey of corporate reputation.
The transport group, which operates bus and rail services in the UK and North America, was rated sixth out of almost 250 businesses across 26 sectors in the Britain's Most Admired Companies 2013 Awards.
Stagecoach – ranked above well-known businesses including Marks and Spencer, easyJet, Whitbread and Rolls-Royce – was also voted the top transport operator in the survey.
Criteria included financial soundness, community and environmental responsibility, value as a long-term investment and quality of goods and services.
Stagecoach was rated joint third for community and environmental responsibility, fourth for innovation, eighth for its use of corporate assets and joint 10th for the quality of its management.
Steven Stewart, Stagecoach Group's director of communications, said: "Delivering consistently on sustainable growth has been down to many of the areas highlighted in the survey as our strengths."