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Travel Choices for Business

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Discover the benefits

Businesses and organisations which promote sustainable travel to employees or embed it within their business travel can enjoy real benefits.

These can include financial savings; through reduced parking and money spent on company cars, as well as improved business efficiency and resilience.

Encouraging cycling and walking can help your staff become fitter, healthier and more motivated. Regular cyclists, on average, take one sick day per annum less than non-cyclists and research has shown those who don’t drive have lower levels of stress.

Promoting sustainable travel is also a good opportunity to contribute to your Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. It can help reduce problems such as parking on neighbouring streets or congestion in the local area and can help you with your environmental certification such as ISO14001.

TfGM’s free business travel advice service encourages and supports organisations that promote walking, cycling, public transport, flexible working and car sharing to employees.

Read our case studies to find out how businesses in Greater Manchester have benefted.

All member organisations are able to take advantage of the following free services:

  • Sustainable travel grants to pay for facilities or equipment (more information below)
  • Self-help online toolkits, advice sheets and case studies
  • Staff engagement events at your office, including cycle rides led by our instructors
  • Regular training workshops
  • Monthly newsletters
  • CarshareGM – a free online car sharing website
  • Pool bike loan scheme
  • Save money on bikes, repairs and equipment

Organisations with more than 100 employees are offered further support:

  • One-to-one advice from an expert advisor
  • Public transport ticket offers
  • Personalised Travel Planning (PTP) for employees
  • Staff travel survey and analysis service

Sign up to the Business Travel Network.

There is also an accreditation scheme which awards businesses for their sustainable travel ambition.

Robert Squires, environmental business partner at Kellogg’s, said: “Since the initial sessions run by the TfGM Travel Choices advisors an almost immediate impact was felt. We have seen an increase in cycling to work and an increase in those using the Bridgewater Way to get to work.”

Andrew Taylor, Travel Plan Manager at MMU, said: “The Personal Travel Planning undertakings and support from TfGM have played a critical role in raising awareness of travel options, promoting alternatives to car based trips and giving colleagues the confidence to leave their cars at home. The wider support of the TfGM Travel Choices Team has also been invaluable in helping to engage with colleagues, delivering infrastructure improvements and understanding best practice.”