TfGM recognises Greater Manchester businesses’ contributions to sustainable travel

Businesses across Greater Manchester, including arts centre HOME and Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, have been awarded a TfGM accreditation for their work in supporting on foot and by bike travel or using electric vehicles within their organisations.

The businesses have achieved this recognition by evidencing their commitment to active travel, whether that be through fleet investment, working practices or encouraging and enabling employees to make more sustainable travel choices.

This year the annual awards saw the addition of a Platinum accreditation, recognising those workplaces that have achieved ‘sustained travel behaviour change’ through the interventions they have implemented.

Organisations that achieved this highest level of accreditation included Manchester Metropolitan University for its work in enabling travel to work by sustainable modes, with over 75% of staff now doing so, as well as a commitment to increasing the numbers of electric vehicles in the fleet which is crucial in ensuring that Greater Manchester achieves its target of being carbon neutral by 2038.

The Christie also achieved Platinum in recognition of its work in creating a long-term culture change by encouraging sustainable travel modes among new employees, as well as continued analysis of employee behaviour to determine the next phase of their Sustainable Travel Plan.

Construction consultation firm, Walker Sime, achieved its Gold accreditation this year. While it does not have a dedicated sustainability function, long-term support from the SJ team has led to the business making as many changes as possible including installed bike storage, changing facilities, staff events, improved flexible working, promoted public transport offers and tickets, which have seen real returns.

Victoria Le Mare, Sustainable Journeys Delivery Lead at Transport for Greater Manchester said:

 “While this year has been challenging for many businesses and presented unprecedented challenges, it has been incredibly encouraging to see the continued commitment and focus on improving the sustainability of their practices for both the businesses and employees.

“It’s a testament to the ongoing work of this year’s accredited businesses that eight of them have moved up a level of accreditation, showing their long-term investment in sustainability, and it’s fantastic to see three new businesses achieving their first accreditation as they start their journey with us.”

This work not only delivers tangible benefits to the business in question, but also to their employees as well as contributing to Greater Manchester’s carbon neutrality targets, Congestion Deal and clean air targets.

The full list of accreditation recipients is as follows:

  1. Anchorage – Silver accreditation

“Sitting directly behind the tram stop, Anchorage is in a great location for sustainable travel, with easy access to other TfGM transport links, as well as cycle routes and road networks. As part of the extensive refurbishment of Anchorage, it enabled us to work with both TfGM and Cycling Score to review the excellent travel connections that we already benefited from and explore how we could improve our own facilities to make commuting easier and more sustainable. Having spent the last two years working towards this accreditation and regularly engaging with tenants to understand their requirements, we are proud of this achievement and to be positively contributing towards helping the city reach its sustainability goals.” - Ian Murray, director at Canmoor (asset manager of the Anchorage Estate)

  1. Eversheds Sutherland – Gold accreditation

“Eversheds Sutherland’s Manchester office is delighted to have been recognised for its ongoing commitment to sustainability. Both the firm and its people take their role in protecting the environment seriously, and we continually challenge ourselves to make smarter choices where possible. Our recent travel survey shows a reduction in car usage when travelling to and from the office, improving the wellbeing of our people and helping to reduce the air pollution in Manchester. Our enthusiasm and commitment promises a greener future in which our clients, people and communities will continue to thrive.” - Steven McLoughlin, Facilities Manager, Eversheds Sutherland

  1. HOME – Platinum accreditation

“We’re thrilled to have been awarded Platinum in TfGM’s accreditation scheme and be recognised again for our ongoing efforts to support sustainable journeys for our staff, audiences and communities. HOME is a proud ambassador for sustainability and is committed to Greater Manchester’s zero carbon ambitions. The award spurs on our continued action on clean air and low emissions, sharing our knowledge, innovating and collaborating to create the just, green future we want to see.” - Jon Gilchrist, Executive Director, HOME

  1. Manchester Airports Group – Gold accreditation
  2. Manchester Metropolitan University – Platinum accreditation

“I’m delighted that we have received the “Platinum” level of accreditation. Over a number of years Manchester Met has worked on becoming a sustainable institution, and how our staff and students travel is a key part of this. We’re also proud of our work demonstrating best practice and advocating sustainable travel in Manchester. We are looking forward to how we can continue to develop sustainable travel habits, and reduce the impact of our institution, whilst being part of a vibrant and healthy city.” - Paul Lewis, Travel Plan Manager, Manchester Metropolitan University

  1. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust - Platinum accreditation

“We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of a number of years of work to deliver sustained travel behaviour changes. Air pollution from travel activities has a significant impact on public health and local communities and exacerbates existing health inequalities. As one of the largest healthcare providers in the country, located in a city with significant air quality challenges, we want to continue leading the way in supporting our staff to make sustainable and active travel choices, through delivering a sustained programme of targeted interventions” - Claire Igoe, Head of Environmental Sustainability, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

  1. Media City UK – Gold accreditation

“As a growing destination, we have always been committed to having the infrastructure in place to support sustainable travel. We’ve seen an increase year on year in those travelling to MediaCityUK via public transport and bike and we’ll continue to build on this success going forward.” - Jennifer Davies, MediaCityUK Estates Manager

  1. Northern Care Alliance – Gold accreditation

“We are delighted to receive the Gold standard award in the Accreditation for Sustainable Travel. It is fantastic to be acknowledged for the breadth of work that we have implemented since our last accreditation. We have achieved a great deal creating sustainable travel solutions that are tailored to our sites and communities, rather than a  one-size-fits-all approach.

“There’s never been a better time to build active and sustainable travel into our long-term strategies and we will continue to create a variety of measures, events and promotions to alleviate some of the traffic pressures at our sites and across our local communities’. - Barry Waterhouse, Group Travel and Access Manager, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

  1. The Christie – Platinum accreditation

“The Christie is passionately and continually committed to sustainable travel.   Achieving Transport for Greater Manchester’s Platinum accreditation is an inspirational achievement for the Trust.  As a regional leader in sustainable travel, we will embrace this success as the next step in our commitment to the NHS net zero carbon target.” - Will Blair – Sustainability Manager, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

  1. University of Manchester – Platinum accreditation

“We are excited to be recognised for our commitment to sustainable travel in relation to commuting, business travel and fleet vehicles. After a year like no other we have seen travel habits disrupted and more people walking, cycling and working flexibly. We now have the opportunity to rethink how we travel and do business and rebuild in a way that will support Greater Manchester’s clean air and carbon reduction targets.“ - Julia Durkan, Sustainable Campus Officer, The University of Manchester.

11. Walker Sime – Gold accreditation

“Walker Sime are delighted to have won Gold. We have come such a long way since successfully applying for a Sustainable Travel Grant in 2018 in order to purchase a bike shelter and winning Bronze in that year’s accreditation. We have developed a Travel Action Plan, we have increased the number of staff cycling or walking to work and we have gained ISO 14001 accreditation which demonstrates our commitment to the environment, sustainable travel and employee wellbeing.  As one of the smaller businesses involved in the scheme, the help that the TfGM team provide is invaluable. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the Sustainable Journeys team to see what additional travel initiatives we can deliver in 2021 – starting with the Bikes for Business scheme and free loan of 4 e-bikes for 3 months. We are incredibly proud to get recognition again for the good work of the amazing team at Walker Sime” – Dez Walker, Client Relations Director, Walker Sime.

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We also deliver a wide range of day-to day public transport and active travel services and projects to keep the city-region moving and growing.

With around six million journeys a day, we’re working hard to make travel easier through a better connected and well-informed Greater Manchester. To find out more about TfGM please visit tfgm.com/about-tfgm.