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Travel champions recognised at awards

Businesses working to encourage and help staff to travel more sustainably have been recognised at annual awards ceremony.

A record number of businesses participated in this year’s Travelwest ‘Business Travel Awards’, with 32 different organisations joining the celebrations at the Guildhall in Bath which showcased how travel modes can be influenced to have a positive impact on health and the environment.

Recognition was given to motivational campaigns and travel champions who influenced behaviour change.

Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet Member for Transport at Bristol City Council, said:
“I’d like to commend all the businesses recognised by these awards and their considerable efforts to improve the way people travel within the Bristol region. Businesses play a critical role in helping us enhance mobility and connectivity and we are delighted to witness the leadership and commitment these winners and all the nominees have demonstrated.

“I hope everyone in the city region will be inspired by these examples and consider making their own travel changes to help keep everyone moving more easily.”

Kate Royston of SevernNet collected their award for Most innovative measure. Kate has been a tireless supporter of sustainable transport and a business champion in the Avonmouth and Severnside areas.

The most improved workplace accolade went to the University of Bristol, which has engaged in long-term support of active travel, including major work on improving cycle parking.

The best newcomer award went to Wessex Water. They have put on an employer bus for the last two decades for their staff to be able to make it to the office sustainably.

While Pukka Herbs scooped best motivational campaign for their partnership with Do Nation to reward staff for travelling sustainably, engaging a large majority of their staff and creating real behaviour change.

The awards also recognised winners of the Big Commuting Challenge and five Travel Plan Accreditations, for a total of 46 organisations.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best newcomer
For organisations newly offering support and encouragement to employees to reduce travel by car.
Winner: Wessex Water
Highly Commended: Forestry Commission

Most improved workplace
Recognising improvements in the workplace environment to encourage sustainable travel.
Winner: University of Bristol
Highly Commended: Nisbets

Best motivational campaign
Recognising success in motivating staff to make and sustain behavioural change.
Winner: Pukka Herbs
Highly Commended: DAC Beachcroft

Most innovative measure
For organisations that have developed an innovative technique, product or service.
Winner: SevernNet
Highly Commended: Go Travel Solutions

Sustainable Travel Champion
For individuals who have shown outstanding commitment to sustainable travel.
Winner: DAC Beachcroft
Highly Commended: SevernNet

Organisation of the Year
For the organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to sustainable travel.
Winner: Wessex Water

Travelwest Business Travel Plan Accreditations
Apex Hotel: Bronze Level
Edwards: Bronze Level
Bath & North East Somerset Council: Silver Star Level
Bath Spa University: Gold Level
Lyons Davidson: Gold Level

Notes to editors:

Travelwest is the partnership between Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, working with the Department for Transport to encourage and support sustainable travel.

The Travelwest Business Awards are one of many ways we provide support in sustainable travel and give recognition to organisations in the West of England for their efforts. 

Picture caption; l-r: Nicci Reeve, Flora Ragless-Green, Brian Walker from Ultrahaptics and Councillor Rob Appleyard (Lib Dem - B&NES Council)