09 Jan 2012
Mel Kirwan, the Ely Branch Manager of Bishop’s Move, the UK’s largest privately owned removals company, has taken the company up on its new ‘cycle to work’ initiative by cycling to work each day and using it to conduct other business activities, such as visits to the Post Office and in-town and city appointments. Mel is also calling on other local businesses to get involved in similar schemes.
Mel’s participation is also in anticipation of the problems he believes will be caused if proposed parking charges are introduced to Ely, hence his determination to find a way to travel without using the car. The town is currently experiencing various parking charging controversies, as last-minute changes to parking charge proposals for Ely are expected to result in fees soaring if the Council has its way – despite a 12,000-signature petition opposing the charges.
“Ely is a vibrant, yet small town,” says Mel. “I hope by taking part in the cycle to work scheme I’m doing my bit to help ease the situation by having at least one car off the road. I encourage other businesses to think about doing the same. Not only does it help these unfortunate parking and traffic problems we have in Ely, but it’s also good for you and promotes an active and healthy workplace, therefore increasing productivity.”
Chris Marshall, Bishop’s Move Marketing Director adds: “We applaud Mel for taking up our cycle to work scheme and we are fully behind the points he is attempting to highlight. Parking problems, particularly in small towns, can have a detrimental impact on the lives of many, both businesses and those living in the area.
“We would also like to encourage more people to get involved. Healthy living is meeting our long-term strategic objectives to improve employee health and increase employee engagement and productivity. It unites employees in a common, uplifting goal, and boosts morale during unprecedented economic times, not to mention the positive impact it has on the environment.”
This article was featured in the Ely Weekly News & Ely People (online): “Frustration drives Mel to bike to work”