Provision of shared staff transport sees Scottish food manufacturer reduce CO2 by 154 metric tonnes

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Shared transport provider Kura has announced its continued partnership with recruitment agency, Brightwork-Staffline, to provide employee shuttles for a leading food producer in Scotland. To date, the staff shuttle has helped allowed the manufacturer to replace 211 car journeys every week* or, since the start of the contract in 2021, a total of 17,493 car journeys – a net saving of 154 metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

Brightwork-Staffline arranges coaches and minibuses daily via Kura for employees to travel the 34 miles between Glasgow and the factory, where workers prepare salad and vegetable products for some of the UK’s largest grocery retailers.

The daily service ensures the workforce are collected from Glasgow city centre and arrive at the factory safely, without the stress of the daily commute.

Meanwhile, it offers the food manufacturer peace of mind that workers will arrive refreshed and ready to start shifts on time, seven days a week.

Kura provides a mixture of eight, 16, 31 or 52 seat vehicles based on staff demand, and often at short notice.

Using local operator, Falkirk-based Happy Days Minibus and Coach Hire, Kura helps to further minimise mileage and transport emissions. The flexibility of the service and vehicle size based on passenger demand allows the manufacturer to benefit from cost and fuel-efficient journeys.

Brightwork-Staffline plans to continue its successful association with Kura, which started back in 2021. It now hopes to utilise Kura’s transport management software to offer its food manufacturing client more information such as bus locations, passenger checklists and estimated arrival times.

Lesley Morris, Brightwork Staffline account manager, said: “Brightwork-Staffline has been working with Kura for a number of years and has received excellent levels of service and support.

The drivers strive to accommodate our changing requirements on a weekly and sometimes daily basis and always go the extra mile to ensure our workers are collected and transported safely and on time.”

Godfrey Ryan, CEO at Kura, commented, “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Brightwork-Staffline to service its food manufacturing client and help the organisation achieve further CO2 savings, as well as to be considered for other opportunities. With the introduction of our leading-edge software, we’re confident that the client will be able to achieve further savings and efficiencies while providing their staff with a safe and reliable commute.

“With the high cost of fuel and car parking and price increase on train tickets, the employers that can support their workforce with the commute will be rewarded with greater productivity and efficiency, as well as staff satisfaction and retention.”

Kura has also been asked to quote for similar transport operations for other Staffline Group clients across the UK.