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By Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions


Research released by the AA* suggested that 1 in 7 UK staff give their employers an unpaid extra half day every week by battling for, and protecting hard-fought workplace parking spaces. 


This led Edmund King, AA President to propose that:


“encouraging car-sharing schemes or pushing for better public transport provision shows an acceptance of responsibility, rather than leaving their workers to drive round and round the car park in growing frustration while the bosses have their own reserved spaces”.


In the current issue of Local Transport Today (Issue 723), there is a double page feature on Smartgo, the workplace travel package developed by Go Travel Solutions. The feature written by Geoff Dudley, details the evolution of Smartgo, from working with local Leicester employer Pick Everard, to being a national scheme of over 202 employer members representing a head count of 199,000. It also details the different ways the Smartgo package can operate in areas through collaboration with other transport specialists such as WSP and the benefits it seeks to deliver.

If you are interested in more information about Smartgo, whether you are a local authority, transport operator or employer, please contact Robin Pointon at Go Travel Solutions (e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please click HERE for the Smartgo feature in Local Transport Today.        


By Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions


In the Government’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced plans to change how employers can support their employees with additional benefits through salary sacrifice. These changes came into effect from 1 April 2017 but how many UK businesses are aware of these changes and will anybody be caught out?


This is big news for the employee benefits sector and will certainly impact the choices available for benefit providers and employer HR managers. Businesses predicated on salary sacrifice may have to change their model.


HMRC is bringing more rigour to the salary sacrifice process and the changes announced will reduce the range of taxable benefits allowable. However, many key offerings were exempted, such as childcare, pensions, cycle to work and electric vehicle schemes.


NW Leicester project:

Go Travel Solutions is managing an engagement project for Leicester City Council focused on the businesses located in NW Leicester, specifically those businesses with premises on Bursom or Gorse Hill Industrial Estates and the surrounding area. The key objective of the project is to make both business owners and employees aware of the initiatives available through the Choose How You Move Programme which will help them to travel more sustainably and, secondly, to reduce travel barriers to new employees.  

Businesses in Leicester are being encouraged to take part in a trial scheme offering reduced cost Park and Ride season tickets to their staff.

Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils have teamed up to trial a new introductory discount scheme aimed at commuters that travel into the city regularly, but who have not yet taken advantage of the Park and Ride service.

Leicester’s Go Ultra Low Free Breakfast Event on 10 November 2016 at Curve 


Leicester businesses are invited to find out how they can benefit and save money by switching to electric vehicles at a free Ultra Low Emission Vehicles event in the city in November.


Leicester’s Go Ultra Low Free Breakfast Event will take place from 8-10am on 10 November 2016 at Curve theatre, 60 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB.


The event will begin with a breakfast networking session followed by presentations from leading industry businesses including BMW, Nissan, Cenex, E-Car Club and Clean Fleet. There will also be an opportunity to test drive a Nissan LEAF or a Sytner BMW i3 electric vehicle. 


Four new discounted offers for bike hire, plus bus and train travel added to Smartgo national workplace travel networks

A new selection of offers has been announced to make workplace travel more cost-effective for UK employers and their staff. Four new discounted offers are now available through the national Smartgo workplace travel programme including exclusive promotions for bike hire, and bus and train travel from regional and national transport operators.

Through its strategic partnerships with leading transport operators including First Bus, East Midlands Trains, Abellio Greater Anglia and Santander Cycles, Go Travel Solutions - co-ordinator of the national Smartgo workplace travel network – will provide UK employers and their staff with access to reduced ticket costs and discounts on cycle hire. This will encourage the adoption of more sustainable modes of transport and will improve employees’ health and well-being.

Leading construction and property consultancy to offer benefits of Smartgo membership to over 450 employees across 11 UK offices


Pick Everard, the leading multi-professional construction consultancy, will become the first national member of the UK-wide Smartgo workplace travel network. Pick Everard was the very first business member of the first local Smartgo network in the country in Leicester. To celebrate its 150th an

niversary in 2016, the company is offering Smartgo membership benefits to over 450 staff across its 11 offices in the UK.


Smartgo has been developed and coordinated by Go Travel Solutions to assist 

workplaces with commuting and business travel. Smartgo provides employers with a range of business benefits including reduced business costs, carbon management planning, reduced car parking demand, enhanced business reputation, and improved staff recruitment and retention. 

Sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions has won a major public sector contract for the third consecutive year. Gloucestershire County Council funds the Access to Opportunities travel planning programme and has selected Go Travel Solutions to support local job seekers with their travel to job interviews and workplaces. 


Go Travel Solutions will co-ordinate the Access to Opportunities programme to offer training, information and support to job seekers across Gloucestershire, helping them to utilise sustainable public transport modes to access employment and interview opportunities. 

Employers nationwide can access discounts for staff of over 50 per cent per driver

Co-wheels, the UK’s only independently-owned national car club, has joined forces with sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions to extend its car club membership offer throughout the UK.

UK employers registered as members of Go Travel Solutions’ Smartgo workplace travel networks can now join Co-wheels for £25 (matched by a subsequent £25 worth of credit) and can sign up staff members as drivers for just £5 each – a reduction from the standard £12 per driver.

Car club membership allows staff to travel to work more sustainably – either walking, cycling, public transport or lift sharing, with access to a car nearby to use when needed for business travel. The model is flexible, and means businesses only pay for the journey time they use – from 30mins up to several days.

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