Andy Hamblin (front), with CFH colleagues Mark Ford, Andrew Killey and Lee Swain, with their bikes from the Cycle to Work scheme.
Andy Hamblin has become the first employee at total document management company CFH, in Radstock, to take advantage of a Government initiative that is encouraging people to leave their cars at home, and cycle to work.
Within the Cycle To Work Scheme, companies are able to purchase cycle equipment from authorised suppliers, and loan them on to employees. At CFH 16 people have now applied for bikes through the scheme.
Dave Broadway, Managing Director of CFH, says that there are many advantages to the scheme. “As well as the reduction of environmental pollution and the promotion of physical exercise in cycling to work, this allows employees to hire cycles as a tax free benefit. At the end of the twelve month term, the cycles may then be bought for a fair market price.
“CFH has around three quarters of its employees living within five mile radius of the site, therefore encouraging people to cycle, instead of driving their cars into work everyday, is hugely beneficial to all concerned.”
Production operator Andy Hamblin says, “This is a great initiative to encourage the use of two wheels. I’m now riding a brand new bike and it’s costing me far less money than if I went to the shop and bought one myself.”
Dave Broadway is hoping that many more employees will now follow Andy’s example and get on their bike to work. “This scheme is simple to administer, and is good way for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint and save money,” he says.
This is one of a number of different initiatives that CFH has introduced to reduce its own carbon footprint and ensure that sustainable policies are at the forefront of the company. Other initiatives include: reduction in energy use through improvements to insulation and the heating systems; changing its electricity contract to one guaranteeing energy from sustainable sources, not fossil fuels; investment in new print machinery that saves on waste and energy useage; and running the Toptree Initiative in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, a scheme which replenishes Britain’s woodland. The company is currently being assessed for its ISO 14001 accreditation.
Visitors were able to learn more about The Toptree Initiative, which itself celebrated ten years of activity earlier this year. Run in conjunction with the Woodland Trust, The Toptree Initiative encourages businesses to use Toptree supported paper from sustainable sources, and in so doing contribute to the replenishment of Britain’s woodland. Over the last ten years, over 60,000 trees have been planted thanks to Toptree.
Dave Broadway concludes, “It is our policy to make genuine changes to our business processes to reduce our environmental impact, not just conduct a paper ‘tick the box’ exercise.”
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