Driving up eco transport

Driving up eco transport

Smart businesses are looking closer than ever at reducing transport costs and time as well as encouraging staff to make healthier travel choices.

For the second year running the We Mean Business Expo 2015 on Wednesday, October 14 will incorporate Croydon Ecodrive, to showcase fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly transport options.

This mini motor show on the forecourt of Croydon's Fairfield Halls, which was hugely popular last year, specialises in the latest 'green' energy cars and vans, electric cars and bicycles and related products.

There will be an impressive range of electric and alternative fuel vehicles on show from local dealers including Ancaster Nissan, Inchcape BMW, Beadles Kia, Jemca Croydon Toyota/Jemca Croydon Lexus, Croydon Renault and Tesla. While Cycling Made Easy will return with a selection of pedal and electric powered bikes. And there will be news about a council scheme - Cycle Heroes – to loan 20 free bikes to 20 businesses for a trial period of two months.

The event, supported by the London Borough of Croydon and organised by White Label Creative, aims to change perceptions of this new, cleaner, quieter and cheaper-to-run transport technology.

Councillor Kathy Bee, Croydon Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: "Ecodrive raised the game last year. It fits perfectly with our 2015 Transport Vision of wishing to work with our many partners to ensure Croydon has a transport system that ranks alongside the most sustainable and 'liveable' cities in the world.

"The choices made by every business and every member of their workforce, for commuting and business travel, contribute to that goal of Croydon being a place to live and to do business where it is easy to get around by train, tram, bus, bicycle or on foot. And with good travel choices you'll save money too."

For younger entrepreneurs in London the bicycle is becoming the preferred means of travel. Croydon council are actively promoting cycling and cycling routes in the borough, as have already been involved in the launch of a 'cycling dock' scheme in association with Brompton Cycles, at various locations in the town.

At Ecodrive, they plan to launch a new scheme for 2016 – Cycle Heroes - to give firms and an individual member of staff the chance to try commuting by bicycle. To find out more and register interest visit the council stand at Eco Drive.

More than 100 businesses from across the region will be exhibiting at We Mean Business 2015 in association with Ecodrive - London's number one business expo. Organised by local creative, marketing and events company, White Label, the exhibitors will cover a whole range of business sectors ranging from tech companies to multi-nationals such as HSBC.
Sussex Innovation Centre are sponsoring a tech-focused Innovation Hub featuring local firms at the leading edge of Croydon's 'tech city' district.

There be a series of free business advice clinics sponsored by The Business Navigator Growth Hub, in association with Prevista and Coast2Capital.

While IKEA Business is hosting the ever popular Speed Networking sessions.
For more information about Ecodrive and the We Mean Business Expo 2015 on October 14, visit www.wemeanbusinessexpo.co.uk or email 020 8726 7968 or email bookings@wemeanbusinessexpo.co.uk