Acumen Distribution’s decision to sign up to the government’s ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme is proving a popular choice with its employees. Launched just a few months ago, the company already has four members of staff who have decided to stop driving or taking the bus to work and have opted instead to buy a bicycle through CycleScheme.
CycleScheme is a government initiative that aims to cut down on carbon emissions by having fewer vehicles on the road. CycleScheme connects working people and their employers with over 1,200 independent bike shops. Acumen buys the bikes from a participating CycleScheme retailer. The company then ‘leases’ the bike to the employee and the employee pays off the bike over a set period, which is usually 12 months.
The Acumen employees who have signed up for the scheme all work as drivers for the Northampton based logistics company. Swapping four wheels for two, they are not only getting fitter but with the reduction in tax are also saving between 30% and 50% on the cost of the bike by buying it through the scheme.
Mike Reilly a lead driver/supervisor at Acumen’s Redditch depot comments, "I only live a few miles from work, yet the journey normally takes 25 minutes by car. It takes me exactly that long to cycle in. I’m getting more exercise, saving on fuel and feel far less stressed; I can predict within 2 minutes what time I will be arriving at work – you can’t say the same when travelling by car!"
Acumen provides a range of contractual services, which include inbound automotive parts, finished vehicle deliveries, kerbside recycling collections, the transport of gases and chemicals and healthcare and retail logistics. Customers include a range of blue chip companies such as Johnson Controls, Land Rover, Ford, Air Products, and Thule.