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An online tool that aims to incentivise sustainable travel is being launched by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council. The LeicesterShire Sustainable Travel Challenge (STC) lets users earn Stravel Points in relation to the miles they travel by walking, cycling, running, using public transport or car sharing.  The Stravel Points can then be redeemed for exclusive offers and discounts from local retailers.

As well as aiming to reduce the carbon footprint across Leicester and Leicestershire while promoting healthier lifestyles, LeicesterShire STC will support local businesses by promoting their offers and services to residents across the region.

Nine tips for councils looking to take the lead on sustainable transport | Featured in The Guardian

Here are some points outlined in the article:

  • What sustainable transport options are available?

"As long as we build more roads and more car parks and encourage large new traffic generating developments we will make things worse. If we look around the world we can see excellent examples of what does work – Portland (Oregon) has trams and high quality public realm; Freiburg (Germany) has excellent walking and cycling facilities." 

– John Whitelegg

To support major sustainable travel projects in the south of England including Gloucestershire, Bristol and Plymouth

Bath-based specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions has appointed Hazel Ho as its new Project Coordinator. Hazel will be responsible for supporting major sustainable travel projects in Gloucestershire, Bristol and Plymouth, as well as stakeholder engagement and business development.

Hazel will be based at Go Travel Solutions’ new UK South office at the University of Bath Innovation Centre and her appointment increases the company’s core team to six across its two UK offices in Bath and in the Midlands at the Innovation Centre in Leicester. Prior to joining Go Travel Solutions, Hazel has worked in a number of marketing, PR and business development roles for businesses including Application Craft, Dodify and Marcom PR. 

Energy Saving Trust are offering a free bespoke review for organisations see if, and how, plug in electric vehicles could save you money. Take advantage of this opportunity whilst it lasts.


Funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, Energy Saving Trust is offering a free, bespoke review for organisations to see if, and how, plug in electric vehicles could save you money.

Looking at the vehicles you have, from vans and company cars to pool cars and grey fleet, our analysis and advice looks at whether electric vehicles will work for your organisation from an operational, financial and practical perspective.

Follows successful launches of new local and national sustainable travel projects  

Leicester-based business, Go Travel Solutions is strengthening its core team and developing new UK office locations at the start of 2014. This announcement follows a series of recent successful local and national project launches and contract wins including Smartgo sustainable travel networks in Leicester, Stevenage and Milton Keynes, Personalised Travel Planning in Gloucester, and work on the Leicester Fit 4 Business programme.

A quarter of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability will be one of their top three priorities this year, despite the fact many are struggling to move beyond implementing simple green measures.

According to research from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, while SMEs are quite comfortable undertaking traditional activities such as energy saving and recycling, a significant number have still yet to adopt a broader range of sustainable business practices. 

The study found for example, that SMEs are less likely to offer a clear business code of conduct (46%), work responsibly within a supply chain (42%) or operate an ethical sourcing policy (25%). It also highlighted the fact that there are still businesses who do not believe there are any benefits to be gained from implementing such practices. 

However of those businesses that have implemented sustainable business practices, most believe there are clear benefits in doing do. More than half (54%) believe it helps reduce their costs, just under a third (3%) believe it increases their profitability, while more than two-fifths (42%) cite that it makes a positive contribution to the environment. 

Leicester Cycle Freight Forum on 23 January 2014 will discuss opportunities for bikes to carry freight and deliveries.

Cycle freight networks are growing in cities across the UK and beyond, and a major Forum is being held to discuss the opportunities for developing cycle freight projects in Leicester. The Leicester Cycle Freight Forum will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday 23 January 2014 at the Highcross Management Suite in Leicester.

Will provide Leicester City Council with business engagement services to support the Leicester Fit for Business programme

Go Travel Solutions, the Leicester and Bath-based sustainable transport consultancy, has won a major contract from Leicester City Council to promote the Leicester Fit 4 Business (F4B) programme to businesses in the city.

Bath and Leicester-based company successfully bids for new sustainable transport project for launch in Milton Keynes in early 2014

Go Travel Solutions, a Bath and Leicester-based sustainable travel consultancy, has won a major three-year contract with Milton Keynes Council to develop a business travel network in Milton Keynes. The network will be launched in in early 2014. 

 

A major new business travel network has been launched in Leicester to provide local employers and their staff with a range of options for business travel and commuting. Smartgo Leicester - previously known as Smarter Travel Leicester and led by Go Travel Solutions with support from local partners - will deliver cheaper, easier and more sustainable travel programmes for member organisations in and around Leicester.

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