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Cantel designs and manufactures a range of specialized medical equipment. As a local business it employs approximately 100 staff. There is a mixture of office, factory and warehouse staff and drivers.
Staff travel far and wide to reach work, however the majority could reach Cantel by active and sustainable means.
As part of their wellbeing programme, we were invited in to engage with the staff regarding their travel choices.
It was recognised that there was no formal cycle parking on the Cantel premises. Cantel showed a willingness to improve this area of their site and facilitate the travel engagement opportunities. An area was identified in which old air conditioning units were sited and it was agreed they would be removed to make way for a new bike hangar.
On 17th July 2018 the Travel engagement team met with staff and completed 12 Personal Travel Plans as well as talking through active travel barriers. Cycle training and confidence building sessions will be booked in the future.
The exciting new bike hangar opened on 15th August 2018 by The Worshipful Mayor of Southend on Sea.
Bikeworks were also present and provided free bike checks, as well as the chance for staff to use our smoothie bike.
External wellbeing projects took part in promoting healthy eating and providing health checks for staff.
An additional 11 Personal Travel Plans were completed for staff.
Staff were also given the opportunity to try one of our new electric bikes. This proved a very popular activity and many questions were answered about the benefits of using an e-bike.
Cantel (UK) Limited are dedicated to improving our employee health and wellbeing initiatives and having a bike hangar installed on-site is a positive step in our plans. Thank you to South Essex Active Travel (SEAT) for this fantastic scheme – we look forward to putting it to good use” Neil Blewitt, Managing Director
We will follow up about the promotion of wellbeing, active and sustainable travel at Cantel. We will also monitor the use of the bike sheds and discuss future cycle initiatives.