From 2.30-4.30pm on 15 May 2014 at Holiday Inn Stevenage

Local business in the Stevenage area can get access to free advice on how they can benefit from sustainable travel at a free Get Smarter Travel Forum. The Forum will help businesses to discover how travel plans can help them to reduce pressures on car parking, cut business travel costs, promote cheaper and healthier ways to travel, reduce their carbon footprint and enhance their corporate reputation.

The Forum is part of the Smartgo Stevenage programme and will take place from 2.30-4.30pm on Thursday, 15 May 2014 at Holiday Inn Stevenage, St Georges Way, SG1 1HS. Attendees will find out how they can retain and recruit staff through cheaper and easier commuting, learn about the discounts on offer through the Smartgo Stevenage network, and hear how local businesses such as GSK and MBDA have benefited from their sustainable travel plans.

‘Last year 172 million working days were lost due to employee absence. This cost UK employers £13 billion.’


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People on boats, planes and trains could soon enjoy fast broadband on their travels after Ofcom approved the use of new satellite technology.

The UK telecoms regulator has given the green light to the use of so-called earth stations on moving vehicles.

The devices connect to a geostationary satellite orbiting above the equator.

But critics suggest Ofcom should be concentrating on bringing home-broadband services up to speed before focusing on transport.

Recent advances have improved the effectiveness of earth stations.

Newer antennas are capable of maintaining very stable pointing accuracy, allowing the earth station to track the satellite closely, even on a fast-moving vehicle, providing a reliable internet connection.

Valuable services

The regulator is making a relatively large amount of high-frequency spectrum available ensuring fast data speeds and capacity at the stations.

Speeds could be reach around 50Mbps (megabits per second) to a single earth station, which would mean speeds of more than 10Mbps for individual passengers.

Trains will be exempt from the need for a spectrum licence, but planes or ships will need to be licensed by Ofcom, as they cross into other countries' jurisdictions.

Philip Marnick, group director of spectrum at Ofcom., said: "We want travellers to benefit from super-fast broadband on the move at the kinds of speeds they expect from their connection at home.

"Today's decision means that operators of trains, boats and planes will soon be able to begin the process of making these valuable services available to their passengers."

Hertfordshire County Council was named Transport County of the Year at the National Transport Awards 2013.

The authority was recognised for its maintenance of the county’s 5,085km of roads, excluding motorways and trunk roads, and 5,375km of footpaths and cycleways.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways and Waste Management said: "I am delighted that Hertfordshire County Council’s innovative work to promote and support sustainable travel to reduce growth in car traffic, improve the health and quality of life of residents and lower the negative impact on the environment has won us this wonderful accolade.

"We have built hugely successful partnerships with organisations across the county, from town and district council to public transport providers, schools, colleges and third sector groups to make our vision a reality."


Source: Watfordobserver

Grants available for new equipment if energy saving or environmentally friendly

Small or large companies can access up to 30% of the costs for new equipment which will save energy. Typical examples –

Grants4growth have just made a £10,000 grant payment to a Hertfordshire based engineering company. If you'd like to see how Grants4growth may be able to help you, please contact Stuart Thomas on 07920 - 246824, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Low Carbon Grants could be used for upgrading office equipment or lighting, implementing a recycling process or receiving advice on ways to reduce your carbon footprint. To find out if you are eligible, contact Emma Aylott 01438 791003 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Both schemes are available for business in Hertfordshire and have similar criteria but Low Carbon Business Grants may be more suitable for smaller businesses and Grants4Growth for larger businesses.

Source: Invest in Stevenage

Eurostar £59 return sale (usually up to £309)

Travel 30 Sep - 19 Dec from London, Ashford. Excludes half-term.

From Thursday 5th September, if you book online at Eurostar to pay £59 for a standard return ticket to Paris, Brussels, Calais or Lille for journeys between Mon 30 Sep - Thu 19 Dec (excluding half-term).

Tickets usually range from £69, but can run into the hundreds, so this is a cracker if you can find them. The offer's on until Mon 16 Sep. Eurostar says there will be 75,000 returns available, but we reckon it's best to book early as these get snapped up quickly. Your ticket also gives you 2for1 entry to museums and galleries at your destination.



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