Wrightbus founder gets knighthood in New Year’s Honours

The founder of Wrights Group, William Wright, has received a knighthood in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list in recognition of his services to the bus industry and the UK economy.

Dr William Wright CBE, who last year celebrated his 90th birthday, is a well-known figure in the UK bus industry. His appointment as Knight Bachelor is further recognition for a business career that has spanned seven decades. Dr Wright was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Birthday Honours for services to industry and the community, then promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for services to the bus industry.

Commenting on his knighthood, Dr Wright said: “I am both surprised and delighted to be receiving this honour and it is a wonderful way to be starting 2018.” Dr Wright founded the original company with his father in 1946 and has transformed what was a small family business into one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers. To this day, William heads up the alternative driveline division at Wrightbus.

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