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4 Oct 2019

Businesses urged to apply for sustainable initiative funding

Businesses can now apply for funding of up to £5000 to help them implement active and sustainable travel initiatives in the workplace.

The grants, which are available from the county council and funded by the Department for Transport, aim to help businesses boost levels of activity amongst their staff by promoting active and sustainable travel as part of everyday life. Promoting and making it easier for staff to walk, cycle, car share, or use public transport will not only helps reduce carbon footprint, but also makes for a happier and more productive workplace.

Cycle parking, lockers, car-sharing schemes, and electric bikes, are all tools that can be used by staff to make healthier, environmentally-friendly travel choices.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport said "I encourage all businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for funding. It is important that businesses understand the contribution they can make towards a more sustainable environment including a sustainable road network. These are areas of concern for everyone and all organisations should be conscious of how to become more productive and customer focused.

The county council is proud to be leading the way in sustainable travel by offering staff car-sharing spaces, electric charging points, as well as an electric pool car and pool bikes to use to and from meetings, all of which will help the county council meet our target of lower carbon emissions.

For more information about these grants and how the council’s ‘Choose How You Move team’ can help your business visit: www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/forbusiness

This scheme is part of the county council’s commitment to supporting a reduction in carbon emissions and becoming carbon neutral by 2030.