Gear up to maximise Grand Départ benefits

Published 30th Sep 2014 by Events

​Welcome to Yorkshire has teamed up with the sustainable transport charity Sustrans to offer businesses a training event that promises to help capitalise on the county’s triumphant hosting of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in July.

More and more people are taking to two wheels after being inspired by the Tour de France in Yorkshire, and the day-long training event will offer crucial advice to businesses on how they can encourage employees to use sustainable transport to and from work.

The training day will also look at how businesses can put together a travel plan for staff, which aims to increase health and fitness in the workplace, as well as increase productivity and reducing absenteeism.

Susie Brindley, Training & Skills Manager at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The Grand Départ in Yorkshire was such an incredible event for the county’s businesses, and now is the time for those businesses to make sure they get the legacy right, by inspiring employees to cycle more and putting a sustainable travel plan in place.”

Sheridan Piggott, Smarter Choices Coordinator for Yorkshire and the Humber Sustrans, said: “This inspiring training day will give businesses all they need to put together a travel plan and bring it to life! There will be sessions on the best ways of motivating staff, putting together an effective programme of activities, training internal champions, and improving site facilities”.

The event – delivered by Sustrans in partnership with tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire – will be held at two locations during the autumn; at The Tetley in Leeds on Friday 7 November, and at The Crucible in Sheffield on Friday 28 November.

To find out more about the training event, visit or email Susie Brindley on


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