Businesses in Greater Manchester are being urged to sign up for free sustainable travel support, including grants of up to £10,000, to help increase productivity and support a healthier workforce.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)’s Travel Choices service gives companies and their staff access to exclusive initiatives and practical support to make travelling to work by foot, bike and public transport easier.
Supporting sustainable travel can yield significant business benefits, including increased productivity, better recruitment and retention of staff, a happier and healthier workforce and improved environmental credentials.
Travel Choices has now supported more than 500 companies since it launched in 2013.
Any business can join its Business Travel Network and take advantage of free support.
Many beneficiaries have built on-site cycling lockers, showers and changing facilities with grants of up to £10,000, while others have enjoyed free public transport ‘taster’ tickets, loan bikes, organized events, workshops and bespoke travel advice.
Some companies are also offered extra services due to their particular circumstances, such as their size or proximity to new transport infrastructure.
Companies in the network include leading firms such as Bruntwood, the University of Manchester and Kellogg’s.
Kellogg’s benefited from on-site bike storage and a cyclist turnstile at its factory in Trafford Park.
Robert Squires, environment business partner at Kellogg’s, said the company has seen an increase in cycling amongst staff as a result.
“We saw an almost immediate impact following the initial sessions run by the TfGM Travel Choices advisors”, he said.
Research shows that regular cyclists take around one sick day per annum less than non-cyclists.
Cllr Chris Paul, TfGM Committee Cycling and Active Travel Champion, said: “The Travel Choices team has had a great response from companies across Greater Manchester since launching the Business Travel network.
“They’ve helped secure more than £500,000 of grants for local firms, signed up more than 500 companies to the Business Travel Network and given travel advice to almost 20,000 employees.
“The network is about helping companies and staff make the most of the transport options available in Greater Manchester, hopefully save time and money, and help the environment in the process.”
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