13 November 2015

Mr Kipling Bakery wins National Sustainability Award

Our Mr Kipling bakery in Carlton, Barnsley was last week crowned winner of the Contribution to Sustainable Travel-Organisation category at the national Modeshift Sustainable Travel Awards.


The award recognises the success of the bakery’s sustainable cycling scheme initiated with the support of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. 

Following several bike thefts from the site in 2013, the number of employees cycling to work dramatically declined due to concerns over security and the general cost of cycling. A plan was put in place with the support of Barnsley Council Sustainable Travel Officer, Suzy Smith, to invest in a new secure bike shed which additionally attracted grant funding from the Council for solar panel LED security lighting. Bike ownership was assisted with financial support from Cycle Boost and Cycle to Work schemes and collaboration with the Dr Bike free repair scheme further encouraged the confidence and ability of colleagues to commute by bike. As a result, cycling to work has increased threefold at the site and cycle clubs and charity bike rides have become increasingly popular.

In collecting the award at a ceremony in Birmingham, Lee Haughton, Environmental Management and Compliance Coordinator, and leader of the sustainable cycling scheme said:
“It’s great to be recognised with this award. The sustainable cycling scheme has helped engage our colleagues in a positive environmental initiative which is also good for their health. Thanks to the support we received from the Council, more than 100 people now regularly cycle to work. We’ll be looking to extend this scheme to other Premier Foods’ sites next year.”

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