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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.

Cycling is set to become increasingly popular with London Bike Hire sponsor, Santander getting behind a brand new cycle hire scheme in Milton Keynes due to start in spring 2016.

At the time of the announcement, Santander CEO, Nathan Bostock said: “we will be looking to share best practice between Santander Cycles in London and Milton Keynes, where it makes sense and adds value.”

At a special ‘Bikes for Business Showcase’ event on Monday 18th April, hosted by Smartgo Milton Keynes, Santander took the opportunity to update local businesses on the progress of the Bike Hire scheme and to showcase how it has promoted and developed bike facilities for staff at its Milton Keynes headquarters.

New agreement between Bike Dock Solutions and Go Travel Solutions will provide bike storage offers for employers to encourage sustainable travel

Go Travel Solutions has teamed up with Bike Dock Solutions, one of the UK’s leading bike storage manufacturers, to offer discounted bike storage products for UK employers with potential savings worth up to thousands of pounds. Under the agreement, Bike Dock Solutions will offer 10 per cent off online prices and a further 10 per cent off installation costs for new and existing members of Go Travel Solutions’ Smartgo UK networks.

Smartgo is an innovative workplace travel network that is developed and coordinated by Go Travel Solutions to provide employers and their staff with financial, health and time saving benefits for commuting and business travel. Smartgo membership now includes over 200 businesses across the country representing more than 95,000 employees.

(from L-R) William Wiggins from Nissan, Phil Saunders from Go Travel Solutions and Russell Higgins from Nissan Significant savings on standard retail prices available on UK’s most popular electric vehicle

Members of the Smartgo workplace travel networks across the UK can now make major savings on buying or leasing a new Nissan LEAF electric car. As part of the agreement between Nissan and specialist sustainable travel consultancy, Go Travel Solutions, the vehicles will be available with significant discounts worth thousands of pounds to existing Smartgo members, on top of the existing Government grants, to encourage sustainable travel.

Recent figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that electric car sales in the UK have risen dramatically during the past 12 months. While only around 500 electric cars were registered per month at the start of 2014, this has now risen to an average of around 2,400 per month in 2015, with the total UK light-duty electric fleet now estimated to number more than 45,000 electric vehicles.

Ian MurdeyWill focus on developing and delivering sustainable travel programmes for private, public and 3rd sector organisations in the UK

Go Travel Solutions has appointed Dr Ian Murdey as its new Project Manager, based at the company’s Midlands office in Leicester. 

In his new role, Ian Murdey will focus on developing and delivering sustainable travel programmes for private, public and 3rd sector organisations in the UK. With his recent experience as a leading transport co-ordinator with De Montfort University, he will initially help Go Travel Solutions to develop its services to meet the travel planning requirements of higher and further education providers.  

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.

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