Small companies introduce green transport schemes

A number of small businesses are implementing green transport initiatives in a bid to become more environmentally friendly.

Figures published by the Santander group have shown that one in five smaller companies have encouraged more conference calls in order to cut back on travel, while nine per cent have purchased energy-efficient vehicles.

A further seven per cent have implementing car sharing schemes, while five per cent have given staff passes to use on public transport.

Some three per cent of the UK's small businesses have launched a bike to work scheme in an attempt to move towards greener transport.

Head of business banking marketing at Abbey and Alliance & Leicester Paula Ickinger said it is "very encouraging" that so many small businesses were attempting to limit their environmental impact.

"It is particularly interesting that so many companies have actually made environmental considerations a higher priority since the economic downturn," she commented.

Conservative leader David Cameron said earlier this week that he plans to "revolutionise" the UK's transport infrastructure thanks to the implementation of a high-speed rail line between London and Leeds.

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