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Runcorn employees get on their bikes to save the environment

Friday 12 June 2009

NHS Supply Chain launches cycle scheme saving 5.5 tonnes of carbon per year

NHS Supply Chain has launched a cycle scheme for its employees in Runcorn which is on track to save over five tonnes of carbon per year.

The organisation, which sources and supplies more than 620,000 products for the NHS introduced the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme as a pilot at its Runcorn distribution centre.

The scheme provides tax free bicycles through the Government’s Green Transport initiative and gives employees the opportunity to rent a bike supplied to the organisation. NHS Supply Chain introduced the scheme so that employees have the option to ride to work instead of drive to help the environment.

“The Cycle to Work scheme is a great idea,” said Simon Matthews, Warehouse Operative from Runcorn.

“There is a good selection of bikes to choose from, and because I enjoy biking outside of work I decided to get a bike for on and off road use. I now cycle to work most days, so as well as doing my bit for the environment it is also great exercise.”

So far, around ten per cent of employees have currently taken up the scheme, which equates to an annual saving of 5.5 tonnes of carbon when compared with the same journeys taken by car.

“The scheme has proved to be a big success at Runcorn,” said Helen O Hara, NHS Supply Chain’s Sustainability Manager. “We are rolling the scheme out across our seven distribution centres during National Bike Week so that all 2,400 NHS Supply Chain employees can reap the benefits of reduced carbon emissions and increased fitness.”


Notes to editors

Cycle to Work scheme

NHS Supply Chain runs its Cycle to Work scheme in accordance with the Government’s Green Transport Initiative.

Cycle to Work is a government salary sacrifice scheme developed to promote cycling as a greener, more sustainable mode of transport, which will reduce carbon emissions in the UK. 25 employees have currently taken up the scheme at Runcorn, which currently employs around 290 people.

National Bike Week runs from 13-21 June

Bike Week is the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK. A national celebration of cycling, Bike Week helps you get more out of life - by getting on your bike and exploring your local community.

Photograph of Simon Matthews on bike available on request.

For more information please contact Andrew Brentnall on 01773 724196 or at

About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is a 10-year contract operated by DHL Exel Supply Chain on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Its aim is to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS so that resources are released for customers to focus on quality frontline patient care, manage costs and achieve sustainable value. NHS Supply Chain provides its services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers and offers over 600,000 products. NHS Supply Chain can manage the entire tender process, including Official Journal of European Union processes, and act as single point of contact between trusts and suppliers.

  • procurement
  • supplier
  • logistics
  • Supply Chain consultancy services
  • patient services

The range of over 620,000 products includes:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations.

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