Businesses praised for ‘green’ travel plans
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Hewlett Packard (HP) picked up an Employer of the Year award while The University of the West of England (UWE) won a Cycle Friendly Employer award at the Travel West Sustainable Business Travel Awards, held earlier this month. The event was organised by the four West of England councils in South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North Somerset.
UWE won an award for promoting cycling and reducing the number of people arriving at their campuses by car, while HP were praised for supporting more sustainable travel methods of transport such as better parking for cyclists and encouraging people to use the bus to get to work. They are currently looking to install electric charging points for electric cars.
North Bristol NHS Trust also received a silver star accreditation for their workplace travel plan and Avon & Somerset Constabulary received a bronze level accreditation for their Emersons Green office travel plan.
North Bristol SusCom, a business which looks at innovative ways to reduce congestion around the North Fringe area was nominated in several categories. SusComs Chairman David Callaghan, who also works for Hewlett Packard, gave a presentation at the event about how innovative travel options can improve morale among employees; reduce their carbon footprint and their impact on local transport routes.
The awards ceremony took place at Bristol’s M Shed with more than 100 people representing businesses from across the West. TV presenter and naturalist Miranda Krestovnikoff was on hand to present the accolades in seven categories.
Following on from the success of the event, South Gloucestershire Council is supporting businesses in the area to improve opportunities for employees who want to leave the car at home. As part of the West of England wide Local Sustainable Transport Fund, there are grants of up to £30,000 now available for businesses in South Gloucestershire to help people travel to work by more sustainable means. Visit www.travelwest.info/employers for more information.
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