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Liftshare comes of age with second Queen’s award

Pioneering social enterprise Liftshare celebrates its 21st birthday this year, and has been honoured with a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise for ‘exceptional contributions to the environment’.

Building upon its previous recognition for Innovation, Liftshare has now been recognised and celebrated with the Queen’s Award for its outstanding contribution to Sustainable Development.  Founded 21 years ago by CEO Ali Clabburn, Liftshare aims to make the world a better place by making travel simple, affordable, sustainable, shared and happy. 

Back in 1998 as a cash-strapped student needing to get home for the holidays, Clabburn took a chance and posted a note asking if anyone could offer him a lift in return for shared petrol costs. Not only would it save him money compared with the cost of train travel, it would also make best use of a car already making that same journey. The success of that initial car share inspired him to set up Liftshare, to encourage and enable others wanting to do the same.

Liftshare has grown up into a multi-million-pound company, turning over £4.2m in 2018, and is now the UK's leading car-sharing scheme provider with more than 664,000 registered users.

The Queen’s Award judging panel said: ‘The company has made exceptional contributions to the environment through significant carbon emissions reductions, which has also resulted in significant costs savings for organisations and their employees. Liftshare has demonstrated how it is working towards change, by lobbying government and challenging the view of the effectiveness of car-sharing.’

Clabburn said: ‘Winning the award in 2008 was a huge honour, but to have won it again 11 years later is testament to the incredible work my team has done to help companies and individuals to travel more sustainably. We are constantly innovating to provide our clients with cutting-edge technology, alongside proven behavioural change techniques to guarantee the schemes we implement are a success. Working with our base of more than 700 clients to help them change and improve the way their staff travel is so satisfying, and their success really is our success. The bigger and better their schemes become, the larger our network grows.’

JBW Group has buys ethical collection company Rundles

JBW Group has bought ethical collection company Rundles, with funding from Japanese firm Outsourcing.

Established in 1992, Rundles has 90 local authority clients and specialises in collections for local government clients on a national basis with its HQ in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

As part of the buy-out, Bernard Gover, Chris Rundle and Hilary Butler will retire from the business.

Rundle said: ‘Bernard Glover and I are very pleased that the business has been acquired by JBW Group, as we are confident that Nick Tubbs and his team will be custodians of the Rundles heritage and are best placed to support the business to achieve its growth potential.’

JBW chief executive Nick Tubbs said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Rundles to the group and Outsourcing family. We share a common vision for the industry and the future of enforcement that places intelligent customer service, performance delivery and high ethical and professional standards at its core.’

He added that the transaction, coupled with its recent purchase of Phoenix Commercial Collections, means that JBW has access to unparalleled knowledge and experience of local tax collections that complements its knowledge of road charging and large government frameworks.

Tom Gover, Rundles chief executive, said: ‘This acquisition was the ideal opportunity to provide informed investment and operational support to accelerate the achievement of our business strategy. Rundles’ geographical presence in the Midlands further strengthens the JBW Group’s regional structure and firmly establishes JBW as the fastest growing enforcement business in the UK market.’

Swarco Traffic signs new framework agreement

Swarco Traffic has signed a new framework agreement with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI Roads) in Northern Ireland, to provide leading traffic solutions and smart technologies throughout the country.

The new contract will see Swarco supply all school signs and Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS), fully equipped with Wi-Fi accessibility. DfI Roads will be managing the signs via Swarco’s intelligent Zephyr service that enables messages to be set from anywhere at any time, remotely.

Michael Irwin, general manager for Swarco Traffic in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland, said: ‘We have a long-standing relationship with DfI Roads, approaching a decade of supply of our reliable and innovative traffic technologies. This new framework will enable our successful partnership to grow even further.’

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