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  • Mar 25, 2022

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Helping Stride Treglown become a carbon-neutral company

“If you want to get an electric car in a very cost-effective way, this scheme takes away lots of the pains that you’d get with a personal lease. It’s just really easy.” - John Wright, Director

Stride Treglown is already a carbon-neutral company and is continuing to reduce carbon emissions by helping its people switch to electric cars.

The journey towards carbon neutrality

Stride Treglown is a Certified B Corp, employee-owned architects practice. The company promotes a form of design that isn’t driven by ego, but by purpose. Looking after people is at the front and centre of what the company does, and now it’s building on its commitment to carbon neutrality by helping its team to switch to electric cars.

John Wright, Director, said: “we’ve been on a long term sustainability journey, both through the work we design and in the way we operate as a business. There are two big impact areas - our offices and our transport. We found that business travel was 88% of our carbon footprint, so reducing these emissions is crucial to maintaining our carbon neutrality. We became a B Corp around the time that we brought in the electric car salary sacrifice scheme, which aligns well as it supports our people and our environmental impact.”

You can help every member of your team save on average more than 1.5 tonnes of carbon each year by facilitating the switch to electric cars from petrol or diesel. Our salary sacrifice scheme is free to join and gives your team access to brand new electric cars, paid for through their gross salary.

An employee benefit that makes a real difference

Recruitment in architecture is competitive, so the electric car salary sacrifice scheme gives an added benefit to potential employees whilst also supporting the company’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

“A colleague brought the Octopus Electric Vehicles scheme to the board, and even for our finance people it was a bit of a no-brainer.”

“We’re not interested in facilitating people owning petrol and diesel cars, so we never considered schemes that offer those. The Octopus Electric Vehicles salary sacrifice scheme, however, helps us promote the use of electric cars and facilitate that for our people.

Our Bristol and Cardiff offices have had pool EVs for local business journeys for several years and the Octopus Electric Vehicles salary sacrifice scheme feels like a logical extension of this. It’s partly around reducing our carbon footprint as a business but also about facilitating personal reduction of carbon emissions.”

Helping change individual behaviour

John explained that he has made the switch to electric by taking up the salary sacrifice scheme and recently had his Audi Q4 e-tron delivered.

“I actually got a car through the scheme two weeks ago so I’m a convert. I’ve never had a new car in my life, but I did the numbers and persuaded myself it was worth doing. It was going to cost me a bit more but I was going to drive a shiny, new zero-emission car. In terms of the carbon side, it’s pushed me to think about how I can reduce my footprint even further. I’m looking at installing solar panels at home to make it even cheaper to run my car sustainably.”

“The communications and delivery were perfect, it was really well organised. A driver arrived with it in a little lorry and just unloaded it. It was amazing.”

We have 28 makes and 67 models of brand new electric cars for your team to choose from. Join our electric car salary sacrifice scheme today to give your team access to amazing savings on the best new cars on the market through their gross salary.