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Travel patterns slow to change

July 2008

Hardly any British business people reduced their travelling during 2007, even though many of their companies have clear policies on cutting business miles.

Research by Barclaycard Business showed that only one per cent of the 3397 chief executives, chairmen, company directors, managers and executives interviewed had made fewer work-related journeys.

Denise Leleux, director of commercial cards at Barclaycard Business, said the survey showed 'very little evidence of any significant shift in behaviour', despite the priority given to the issue by many businesses.

However, the study did reveal that just over a third of those questioned claimed to take environmental considerations into account when making travel choices - for example, by using the train rather than driving.

Another recent study, conducted by the investment management consultancy Rathbone Greenbank, also found that companies are struggling to reduce business travel, partly because of employee resistance to changing their habits (EP9, issue 11, p2).

Barclays | UK & NI Ireland | Environment


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