Go Smarter, the North East’s behaviour change programme for sustainable transport, has awarded its Platinum Accreditation Award to Quorum Business Park in North Tyneside.
The Accreditation Awards are given to businesses across the region for their ongoing commitment to sustainable travel, through encouraging their workforces to use walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing on their daily commutes to work, and even for encouraging their visitors to think about travelling more sustainably.
Quorum Business Park is the first business park within the North East Combined Authority area to have achieved a Platinum Accreditation Award from Go Smarter, the Government programme that encourages everyone to travel more sustainably on their everyday journeys.
Gold, silver and bronze awards have been awarded during the course of the programme over the last five years, but the Platinum Accreditation Award is the highest achievement that can be made by a business engaged with the Go Smarter to Work programme.
Laura Barber, Events & Sustainability Manager at Quorum Business Park, said, ‘’We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Platinum Accreditation Award. As an organisation, we have worked hard with Go Smarter to Work since 2015 and encouraged our employees to consider making the switch from using their cars for commuting to and from work, to using sustainable modes.
‘Sustainable travel has some fantastic benefits for employees in terms of health and fitness, and for businesses in the long term. We will continue to encourage this behaviour change’’.
Jessica Anderson, Programme Manager for Go Smarter, said: ‘’On behalf of the programme, I am thrilled that Quorum Business Park has achieved our Platinum Award. The businesses and staff have put in some outstanding work and deserve their success’’.
Some of the initiatives Quorum Business Park has in place and which helped Quorum achieve its Platinum Award, include a Hub, which offers sustainable travel activities to staff based at the Park; and a wide programme of activities, all aimed at helping staff make healthier travel choices.
Go Smarter to Work has delivered an active travel awareness day, Nordic walking and Bike Trains at Quorum, in order to help encourage staff to travel actively on their journeys to work each day.
Quorum Business Park is also a member of the Go Smarter Business Network, which gives businesses across the region the opportunity to access travel discounts and networking opportunities.
Jessica Anderson, Go Smarter Programme Manager
Laura Barber, Events & Sustainability Manager, Quorum Business Park