Staff from national property and construction consultancy Wakemans have got on their bikes to cycle to work and take part in a charity bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Wakemans has signed up to the Government-sponsored Cyclescheme, which is designed to encourage more people to use pedal power instead of cars for their journey to work by providing tax-free bikes for employees.
The scheme enables staff to purchase bikes from a network of independent bike shops and benefit from substantial savings not just on the purchase of the bike but also on any necessary safety equipment such as helmets.
“We have always had employees keen on cycling and have seen an increase in those cycling to work so this scheme was perfect for us. Staff cycle in from all areas including Oldbury, Quinton and Droitwich,” said director Adrian Aston, who often cycles the 15 miles from his Hagley home to the firm’s office in Edgbaston. “It is really easy for firms to sign up and Cyclescheme provides all the paperwork and agreements for employees. The cost savings make it easier for people to choose to cycle to work and we have a fitter and healthier workforce as well as doing something worthwhile for the environment, so everyone wins.”
Four cyclists from Wakemans have signed up to the 32-mile British Heart Foundation Charity Cycle Ride at Worcester Racecourse this Sunday. Adrian Aston, Jo Johnson, Steve Gascoyne and Neil Jones will ride alongside fifth team member John Bryce from West Midlands-based property consultants KWB, a client of Wakemans.