Universities, football clubs, shopping centres and offices are among the organisations championed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for encouraging employees to travel sustainably.
The companies picked up gold, silver or bronze certificates from TfGM’s free Travel Choices programme, which provides guidance and support for sustainable, active travel.
This includes adopting policies such as flexible and agile working, and encouraging employees to walk, cycle, car-share or use public transport.
These policies can help businesses to save money, reduce their environmental impact and foster healthier, more productive workforces.
The Christie and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trusts, intu Trafford Centre, both Manchester universities, Wigan Council, theatre and film complex HOME, and aerospace and defence giant Thales all got gold awards.
The University of Manchester was singled out as the ‘Champion of Champions’ for taking a number of actions, such as increasing the provision of cycle parking spaces, establishing a ‘run-commute’ club, introducing flexible parking permits and investing in electric vehicles.
In the last five years it has helped to cut carbon emissions from commuter travel by 35 per cent, boosted cycling and walking by 7 per cent, and increased public transport use by students to 45 per cent.
Other organisations recognised with awards included law firm Eversheds Sutherland, Football Club United of Manchester, Stagecoach Manchester, construction consultancy Walker Simes and discount chain Poundland.
Grants and support
The Travel Choices initiative offers travel grants to pay for facilities or equipment, regular training workshops and one-to-one advice from an expert travel advisor.
Over 600 organisations across the city region have signed up to the programme’s business network since it launched five years ago.