Nottingham-based cycle courier, Veload has been awarded over £11,000 in grant funding from Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service to expand its fleet of cargo bikes and broaden its zero-carbon last-mile delivery operations in the city.
Following a period of growth throughout 2020, the business, which was founded during last year’s national lockdown, will add two additional electric cargo bikes to its existing fleet in a bid to further enhance its capability and broaden its reach across the city.
The bikes, one of which is manufactured by Nottingham brand, Raleigh will build upon Veload’s existing cargo bike platform to offer larger carrying capacities, increased range and enhanced cargo security.
Commenting on the funding, Veload’s founder, John Faye, said:
“This grant funding will be a game-changer for our operations in Nottingham. As well as a massive vote of confidence in our mission, it will give us a real boost to build upon the hard work we have been putting in to prove our concept. The arrival of new bikes to our fleet will enable us to hire additional riders and offer our services to more businesses across the city.
“We are passionate about the role cargo bikes can play in providing businesses delivering across Nottingham’s city centre with an option of moving their goods in an eco-friendly way that cuts emissions and alleviates congestion in the city.”
Councillor Adele Williams, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for Transport said:
“Our Workplace Travel Service offers support to help local businesses make greener transport choices, and it’s brilliant that companies like Veload are using innovative carbon-free methods to deliver in the city.
“The pandemic has changed the way many businesses have to operate, and as people have stayed at home there has been increased demand for deliveries. It’s great see Veload offering courier services that can support other Nottingham businesses to reach their customers in this difficult time without harmful emissions or increasing traffic.”
The new cargo bikes will join the fleet from March, where they will be put to use across the city’s inner-most postcodes.
For more information about Veload’s business and its mission, visit https://www.veload.co.uk.