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New, exclusive offer for Smartgo member employers and their 98,000 employees as Halfords are offering a 10% discount on Halfords gift vouchers redeemable on over 10,000 cycling and non-cycling products in-store

Smartgo has been developed and is co-ordinated by specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions and there are over 207 employers signed up to existing Smartgo networks in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Stevenage and other locations across the UK. 

Will increase engagement with new and existing employers and staff across nationwide workplace travel networks

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Phil Saunders as its new Business Development Manager. 

In his new role, Phil will be based at Go Travel Solutions' office in Leicester, with responsibility for developing business engagement through Smartgo, Local Sustainable Transport Fund programmes and new private sector projects. Within Smartgo he will focus on increasing the numbers of employers and staff signing up as members of travel networks across the country, including Leicester, Hinckley, Stevenage and Milton Keynes, using the benefits, discounts and promotions offered by Smartgo

Brings 16 years’ project management expertise to support project delivery for sustainable transport customers 

Go Travel Solutions has appointed John Keenan as its new Senior Project Manager. 

In his new role, John will be based at Go Travel Solutions' office in Leicester, with responsibility for managing the majority of projects delivered through this office. Using best practice in project management, he will focus on enhancing the impact of the company's sustainable transport projects for customers and partners nationwide.

Low Carbon Sustainable Business Conference – 03 November 2015


Businesses with an interested in Low Carbon are invited to the 2015 Low Carbon Sustainable Business Conference on Tuesday 3 November at Stylish 15 Hatfields, a leading sustainable conference centre in central London, where they can learn about eco innovation, energy efficiency and business travel and meet experts from across the sustainable business sector.

Attendees will hear from a range of high profile and influential speakers who are leading from the frontline of the sustainable business sector. The conference will also feature workshops highlighting emerging sustainability themes including the challenges and opportunities that businesses face and the role of government policy in supporting the low carbon economy.

The free event, which is organised by Ngage Solutions, will also offer attendees the opportunity to find out more about the measurable impact on carbon savings, which have been achieved in the South East of England through the projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and to hear from the businesses that have benefited from these projects.

Philippa Batting, Managing Director of Ngage Solutions, comments: ‘Offering businesses insight into understandings and sensitivities on energy and carbon management is vital in order for them to embrace change, improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints whilst also improving their bottom line.  This event is aimed at businesses that want to save money and help the environment.’

If you wish to attend, please book your place here: or if you require any further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01494 568937. 


On 8th October 2015 Go Travel Solutions hosted an East Midlands Regional meeting of Act Travelwise, the UK’s association for sustainable travel and behavioural change professionals. The meeting included a showcase on Smartgo – with presentations from Go Travel Solutions (the co-ordinators of Smartgo) and Smartgo Leicester employer members De Montfort University, Leicester College and Pick Everard. The presentations reflected the successes and barriers experienced by them as employers in developing sustainable travel and their view on how Smartgo had assisted them as employers and their staff. 

Slides from De Montfort University, Go Travel Solutions and Pick Everard are available for download below.

New partnership between Scoots and Go Travel Solutions will offer up to 62 per cent off new moped and motorcycle equipment

Scoots, the Wheels 2 Work Charity in Hertfordshire, has formed a new partnership with specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions. The partnership will provide local employers and their staff with access to discounts on new moped and motorcycle equipment worth up to £112 per person through the Smartgo Stevenage travel network.

Scoots helps people in Hertfordshire over the age of 16, via the hire of a 50/125cc moped or motorcycle, to help them travel to work or on education placements. New and existing employers in the Smartgo Stevenage network will receive discounts on equipment including helmets, jackets, gloves, rain trousers and high vis clothing.

Love Loughborough signs corporate partnership with Go Travel Solutions to offer membership of Smartgo Loughborough travel network to town businesses

Love Loughborough has formed a partnership with Leicester-based sustainable transport specialist consultancy, Go Travel Solutions to offer workplace travel discounts for staff at 600 local employers.

Review conducted by Go Travel Solutions shows that single car drivers have significantly decreased with increase in number of walkers over last five years

The University of Leicester has completed a comprehensive review of how the travel plans of its 28,000 staff and students have changed over the last five years. 

The review, conducted by Leicester-based sustainable travel specialist, Go Travel Solutions, revealed that the numbers of staff and students driving alone has dramatically reduced (from 49 per cent in 2010 to 37 per cent in 2015 for staff and from 9 per cent in 2010 to 5 per cent in 2015 for students). In addition, staff walking to campus has increased from 16 per cent to 21 per cent and students walking is up from 56 per cent to 62 per cent over the same time period.

The review of the University of Leicester Travel Plan included a University-wide staff and student survey, carbon calculations, GIS mapping of postcode data for bus, walk and cycle routes and advice on data capture.

Sandra Lee, Sustainability Officer at the University of Leicester said: “We are extremely proud that the previous Travel Plan was held by Leicester City Council as an exemplar Plan and that we have enabled a significant number of staff and students to choose more sustainable travel modes by providing enhanced facilities, discounts and increased travel options. The University is highly committed to sustainability and this review enables us to develop a new phase of our Travel Plan to help to reduce our environmental impact and to enhance the provision of alternatives.”

Robin Pointon, Managing Director of Go Travel Solutions added: “Since the first travel plan in 2010, the University has committed to reducing its overall environmental impact through transport related emissions. The 2015 Travel Survey has highlighted the potential for greater use of sustainable travel by staff and students with over 100 staff, who are existing single car drivers, expressing a willingness to travel more sustainably to work, for example. 

“As members of Smartgo Leicester we look forward to supporting the University and encouraging greater use of sustainable forms of travel for staff and students alike,” Robin continued.


About Go Travel Solutions:

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Corporate partnership with Go Travel Solutions provides range of workplace travel discounts and promotions to encourage shift to more sustainable transport options

East Midlands Airport has committed to a three-year partnership with Leicester-based sustainable transport specialist consultancy, Go Travel Solutions. The company will offer travel planning services and workplace travel discounts for 6,700 staff and tenants at the Airport site near Castle Donington.

Will provide focus on sustainable travel planning for up to 4,000 staff and tenants on main University campus

Loughborough University has signed a corporate partnership agreement with sustainable transport specialist consultancy, Go Travel Solutions to focus on providing sustainable travel choices for up to 4,000 staff and tenants at its 438-acre single-site campus.

Loughborough University is looking to develop a range of measures to reduce the need for car travel to the campus. These include assessing the opportunity to develop a new bike hire scheme, measures to encourage journey sharing and more discounts and incentives for choosing sustainable travel. Go Travel Solutions will work with Loughborough University to support the development of these initiatives, not just for the benefit of Loughborough University staff but also the increasing number of businesses that are operating from the University campus.  

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