Based in Stonehouse, local business Allan Webb Ltd is holding a green transport week, asking all employees to walk, cycle or take public transport instead of driving into work.
“It’s part of a larger commitment to ensure Allan Webb is an environmentally conscious business,” explains Managing Director, Steve Rigsby. “We have over 125 employees covering our offices in Stonehouse, as well as our additional office in Barrow-in-Furness on the coast of Cumbria. That means a lot of cars doing a lot of commuting, so we’re encouraging employees to use alternative transport for a week, in the hope that they’ll see how easy it is and continue beyond just a single week.”
Nationally around 55% of commuters drive alone to work but Allan Webb are aiming to reduce this number. “We are currently preparing for ISO 14001: Environmental Management System and are excited to be increasing our commitment to the environment and becoming a greener business.”
“Gloucestershire has good public transport links and fantastic walking and cycle tracks. Many of our employees live in Stonehouse and can walk to our office on Bond’s Mill along the canal path. Although the canal restoration hasn’t reached Stonehouse yet, it’s still a beautiful walk into work and far better than the rush hour traffic.”
This initiative follows on from an internal transport survey carried out by Allan Webb that revealed significant potential carbon savings in reducing the number of employees commuting by car. “There’s no shortage of reasons to use alternative transport to commute, for example fuel prices have increased 74% in the last decade, making an attractive case for walking or cycling.”
The initiative is primarily aimed at employees living in Stonehouse and started on the 13th June, with many employees hopefully continuing well beyond the initial week.by