Brian Souter

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Brian Souter is a Scottish businessman who founded the transport company Stagecoach Group with his sister Ann Gloag in 1980. He is a man of strong convictions, some of which have led to controversies.

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  • I think people are very tired and angry of what happened with our banks in Scotland and I think this creates an opportunity in the future to build a new bank which is based on mutual principles. It's not going to be speculating in all kinds of strange derivatives and it's not going to be a bank that's going to be focused overseas, it will be a bank that's focused in Scotland - and really it's a peoples' bank.


  • There are difficult choices to be made that have important social and environmental consequences. You have to protect the elderly and the poor.


  • It is a great honour to receive such a prestigious European Transport award. I’m lucky enough to do a job in a sector I’m passionate about and this award is also a tribute to the many people at Stagecoach who have worked with me and contributed to our success over the past 30 years.


  • I believe public transport has a great future as we see increasing signs of economic recovery and it has a major role to play in helping Europe and the rest of the world meet the challenge of climate change.