POSITIVE Steps was among a handful of “sustainable and inspirational” organisations celebrated for helping staff to jump onboard greener journeys to work.

They picked up a bronze Travel Choices Accreditation Award from Transport for Greater Manchester’s Travel Choices team for their efforts encouraging employees to walk, cycle, car-share or take public transport.

Positive Steps was among 20 recipients of either a bronze, silver or gold award across Greater Manchester including Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University and HOME which hosted the ceremony.

Their environmentally friendly efforts include installing showers, lockers and a washer and dryer for staff opting to run, walk or cycle into work, plus a bike shelter.

They are also encouraging employees to use pool bikes for client visits, have instigated lunchtime guided bike rides for staff and partners and are planning running and walking groups to help people get away from their desks for fresh air and exercise.

“This award shows Positive Steps’ commitment to sustainable travel but it is only the beginning,” said business development manager, Darren Whiston.

“We have been working with TfGM on a number of different initiatives including the Bike Back to Work scheme and the Positive Cycles Project is working to get more people cycling in the community.

“The award is a wonderful validation of the work we have done and the plans we have in place.”

Stephen Rhodes, customer operations director at TfGM, said: “Thanks to the enthusiasm of organisations across the region, and our great team at TfGM, we’ve made great strides in encouraging more people choose more sustainable ways to travel, such as public transport, cycling or walking.

“We now have hundreds of members signed up to our Business Travel network, making a real impact on improving air quality, tacking congestion and increasing the health and wellbeing of those who live and work in Greater Manchester.”

Adopting policies such as flexible working, and encouraging sustainable travel use, can help businesses save money and encourage healthier, more productive workforces.

There are now more than 600 businesses signed up to the free service, which also offers travel grants to pay for facilities or equipment, regular training workshops and one-to-one advice from an expert travel adviser.

Two additional awards were given on the day to organisations which have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, and increase, sustainable travel.

To find out more about Travel Choices’ offers to businesses and to sign up to the network, go to tfgm.com/travel-choices/business.