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25 firms could win ticket to cheaper travel to work

Staff at 25 county businesses could be the lucky recipients of cheaper travel to work.

To celebrate 25 years of Stagecoach West serving the county, the bus company is offering the first 25 businesses to contact its team the opportunity to enjoy complimentary benefits of a corporate travel plan.

Firms including the NHS, University of Gloucestershire and Gloucester Services have all benefit from bespoke travel schemes, which offer staff travel assistance to and from work.

"This year Stagecoach West celebrates 25 years in business and one of the ways we are marking that is by offering to visit the first 25 businesses which contact us to talk them through how they can benefit from our corporate travel scheme," said Rupert Cox (pictured), the managing director of Stagecoach West, which has its headquarters in Gloucester, from where it employs 535 staff and managed a fleet of 300-plus buses.

"The main benefit is that it has the potential to save businesses and their staff money with cheaper travel. Any organisation, regardless of size turnover can sign up and enable their staff to get their one-off amazing deal."

James O'Neill, commercial manager for Stagecoach West, said: "We will get in touch with the first 25 firms that contact us and discuss their needs with them.

"We can tailor our service to fit their needs, as we know one scheme doesn't fit all. We have a variety of different options available to ensure that we can meet your individual needs and save you money.

"If they need a bus to go somewhere new, to accommodate their staff, we can explore how we can make that happen. We can adapt and alter routes to serve your workplace."

Stagecoach West hopes firms which have limited parking, employers that struggle to get to work because of limited travel options, those which have a corporate social responsibility policy, or want to limit the impact on the environment of workplace travel, will see the potential benefits.

Staff could benefit from the scheme by enjoying reduced fares on single daily and weekly tickets - all they will need to do is show their special 'staff pass'.

A company that is based immediately adjacent to the M5 motorway had a problem getting its staff to work due to its rural location. Stagecoach West introduced a new service running directly to the business - with a timetable built around the company.

And it has done the same for another company in Newent, laying on a dedicated service from Gloucester for staff.

When the University of Gloucestershire needed a service for students who travelled between its two campuses, it talked to Stagecoach West and a new route was introduced, connecting both locations - and with discounted tickets.

Another company was offered discounted Megarider tickets, which were loaded onto a Stagecoach Smartcard and distributed to more than 100 staff.

The cards automatically updated every four weeks, meaning continuous travel savings for employees and completely hassle-free for the employer.

To get on board contact: James O'Neill on 01452 418637 or email James.ONeill@stagecoachbus.com.

For more information about Stagecoach West visit www.stagecoachbus.com.

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