News in brief: i-to-i appoints Lucre and more

News in brief: i-to-i appoints Lucre and more

LUCRE has been appointed by meaningful travel company i-to-i to promote its range of travel experiences.

The Leeds-based travel company offers around 200 trips globally, ranging from one to 24 weeks.

Travellers wanting a change from their traditional two-week summer holiday or even a career break can choose from a raft of conservation projects, working with animals, children or community development initiatives.

Leeds-based Lucre, voted ‘The One to Watch’ for travel by PR Week, will help i-to-i launch the ‘Be Part of It’ campaign, which aims to complete 400 years’ worth of volunteering by December 31st 2008.

The campaign will focus on the impact volunteers can have and the difference made to the communities involved.


TRANSPORT firm FirstGroup, which operates buses in Leeds, says its overall trading performance continues to be positive and it expects to announce half-year results – for the six months to September 30 – in line with management expectations.

The group said its UK bus division was performing ahead of expectations and had delivered “another very strong performance”.

Like-for-like passenger revenue increased by 7.5 per cent with passenger volumes also increasing during the period as growing numbers of passengers switched to the bus from other modes of transport.

The company said it continued to promote bus travel and had this summer launched a Fuel for Thought campaign to highlight the competitive advantage of bus travel compared to the cost of filling a car with petrol.

A statement added: “We also launched our FuelBuster ticket, a new product allowing our passengers to fix their travel costs for a six month period. Our strategy is to encourage growth and to support partnerships with local authorities across the UK through targeted investment in new vehicles.

Like-for-like UK rail revenue growth for the period remained strong at 9.8 per cent, the firm said, with overall passenger volume growth supporting the view that customers were being attracted to rail services as a result of the increasing costs of motoring.


SUSTAINABLE business experts Envirowise is hosting an event at the Marriot Hotel in Leeds to help businesses find out about saving costs through resource efficiency.

Open to managers, directors, front line staff, and environmental representatives across all sectors, the ‘Competitive Climate: Profitable Future’ event will be held on October 22.

This free event has been designed to support companies as they aim to minimise the impact of their business on the environment, guarantee three ways to save your business money, and gain green credentials – all of which can contribute to a business advantage over competitors.

The event will cover topics such as legislation, including the Water Framework Directive, business opportunities, practical workshops on water minimisation, packaging and eco-design, and achieving a greener supply chain.

Guest speakers include Keith McIntosh, environmental manager at Manchester United and Andrew Robinson, managing director of amenity and landscape suppliers, Rigby Taylor. They will be sharing their experiences of becoming more resource efficient with regards to business benefits, and supply chain partnerships.

The event will also be chaired by a representative from Business Link.