Britain's Most Admired No.6: Stagecoach, Brian Souter

The Aberdeen-based public transport group founded by Souter in 1980 is one of this year's highest climbers.

Stagecoach has rocketed up from 87th to sixth - proof that downturns don't mean slow going for everyone. A quarter of Stagecoach's UK operating profit comes from South West Trains, but it also owns a 49% share of Virgin Trains, and runs the popular Megabus coach service. Souter introduced Megabus to the US two years ago, where it now carries 150,000 passengers a month - the fastest-growing service in the company's history.

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