Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Dorset Business Travel Grants - Application Window Opens!

The Business Travel Network is pleased to announce a new round of Dorset Business Travel Grants, and the application window is now open!

The Grants are available to business located in business must be located in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, Wimborne, Ferndown Industrial Estate, Bournemouth Airport Aviation Business Parks and Christchurch. 

Businesses can apply for up to £3000 for projects which support and encourage staff, customers and visitors to travel sustainably.  Project ideas include:
  • cycle parking
  • lockers, showers and drying cabinets for staff who walk/run/cycle to work
  • car parking alterations to create dedicated car share spaces
  • purchase or lease bikes / electric bikes to set up a pool bike scheme, for business travel
  • set up a reward scheme or loyalty card system for regular 'green travellers' (for example, collect stamps to earn credit for the staff canteen)
  • set up a minibus service, to shuttle staff from key locations (e.g. train stations) to work
  • purchase taster tickets for bus or train routes and offer them to staff to trial bus travel
  • hire a cycling instructor to run refresher cycle training sessions for staff and/or run a 'bike bus' from popular areas to highlight the best routes
  • offer staff incentives to be 'travel buddies', to help colleagues make sustainable journeys
  • purchase and install teleconferencing facilities and software to reduce business travel
  • produce a regular sustainable travel information newsletter, with information on how to travel to your site using sustainable transport
  • support to run year round events, such as Dr Bike clinics, journey planning advice, sustainable travel breakfasts, etc
  • support to organise and implement improvements to facilities and initiatives
  • set up a car share scheme for your employment site - private groups can be set up on carsharedorset.com to enable staff to find car share buddies within your organisation
  • work with an advisor to develop a travel action plan
  • bespoke "how to get there guides"

For more information about the terms and conditions, project ideas, and how to apply, visit https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/business-travel-grant

Applications close on Friday 16 June and all works must be completed by Friday 1 September.