Business owners in Birmingham are invited to sign up for a free breakfast briefing on how to keep their company moving when the Clean Air Zone is introduced.
The Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charge is expected to arrive in Birmingham from January 2020 for motorists who drive into certain parts of the city centre.
While plans are still being finalised, it is expected older petrol and diesel cars, lorries, taxis and buses will be charged for venturing into the city, with prices ranging from £6 to £100.
The free breakfast briefing, called 'Keeping Birmingham's Business Moving in the new Clean Air Zone' is a collaboration between fleet leasing firm Alphabet (GB) and Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce who have teamed up with BirminghamLive.
Coun Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport for Birmingham City Council, is joining the panel.
Hosted at the Library of Birmingham, the panel event will take place on November 29 from 7.30am until 10am and SME's are being urged to attend.
You can sign up here www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Here's how Alphabet - the UK's Leasing Company of 2018 - can help
Alphabet manages a fleet of nearly 140,000 vehicles in the UK.
This includes over 11,000 ultra-low emission plug-in hybrids or zero emission electric vehciles.
Alphabet has a wealth of practical tips and constructive advice for businesses affected by the Clean Air Zone in Birmingham – from how to control costs, through to the impact of changing regulations as well as how to better protect companies and their employees.
The company, which is part of the BMW group, was named the UK's Leasing Company of 2018, by Fleet News.
Simon Carr, chief commercial officer for Alphabet (GB) told how Alphabet is set to share its knowledge and expertise to help business owners ease the strain.
He said: "Even in today’s connected world, few businesses can succeed without vehicles to keep them moving.
"Yet, the world we work in is getting increasingly uncertain and complex.
"With pressure to improve air quality, reduce emissions, control costs, provide greater flexibility and improve efficiencies, it’s difficult to know which is the best way to get your people, goods and services to where they need to go.
"This uncertainty and complexity for businesses to get to grips with, coupled with changes to legislation, may leave you worrying about whether you’re driving the right vehicles or if they’re going to leave you out of pocket.
"However, success in business is about being in the right place, at the right time and making the right decisions.
"Making a quick decision about the vehicles your business uses could end up being extremely costly if you don’t have the right information available or don’t know the right questions to ask.
"The cars and vans we drive are more than just four wheels.
"They are portable workplaces, mobile offices and often the most visible advertising for a business.
"Ultimately, the ways in which you buy, manage, maintain and use your vehicles can have a serious impact on the success of your business and its bottom line.
"Get it right and you can eliminate unnecessary expense, reduce overheads and free up vital capital. Get it wrong though, and the cost to you and your business can be more than simply financial.
"With so many different considerations to think about and potential pitfalls to avoid, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
"But Alphabet is here to help relieve the headache of choosing and managing your company vehicles, so you can concentrate on what really matters to you and your business."
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Don't forget to sign up for the free Breakfast Briefing
The event on March 29 in the Library is open to businesses of all sizes that operate vehicles in the Birmingham area.
It will examine the substance of the new regulations, and the penalties of non-compliance with zone standards.
It will also look at advising vehicle fleet operations about the preparations they need to make ahead of 2020.
You can sign up here www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Meet the Breakfast Briefing Panel Experts
- Simon Carr, chief commercial officer for Alphabet (GB) Limited who provide fleet leasing and business mobility expertise to help corporates, SMEs and public organisations save money, reduce emissions and adapt to changes like Clean Air Zones
- Coun Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport with Birmingham City Council and a vocal champion of the new CAZ
- Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, the membership body which represents thousands of companies across the region
- Tim Anderson, senior transport manager with Energy Saving Trust, an independent body which strives to help people and businesses save energy
- Marc Reeves, editor-in-chief of Reach West Midlands which publishes BirminghamLive, Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post among several other titles. He will chair the discussion
The free Breakfast Briefing - Keeping Birmingham's businesses moving in the new Clean Air Zone - takes place on from 7.30am to 10am on Thursday November 29 at the Library of Birmingham.
Attendees can register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.