Small businesses can always use an extra hand, especially when getting their products delivered. Hammersmith & Fulham Council is doing just that by teaming up with Zipcar and Fulham Broadway BID to provide the first free electric van service for small businesses in Fulham – including market traders on North End Road Market.
The scheme forms part of the council’s drive to tackle their carbon net-zero target for the borough, the Council has reported.
Becky Blooms in Jerdan Place, Fulham, is one of the local businesses to benefit from the new climate-friendly scheme.
Owners Rebecca Cutts and husband Vlad opened the florist-coffee venue last October after previously trading on North End Road Market for nine years.
“This is a great initiative from Hammersmith & Fulham Council,” said Rebecca.
“It is helping local small businesses like mine not only to save money but help reduce pollution levels at the same time. What more could you ask for?”
The florist and coffee shop is a family affair with Vlad’s mum Katie helping out with flower deliveries as the couple juggle running their own business with the school runs.
“Vlad’s parents are always here and give us a hand when we need it. We could not do it without them,” said Rebecca.
“We have created a real community hub here. Our regular customers have built true friendships here. It’s great to see.”
H&F Council will be introducing additional free-to-use electric vans for businesses in other parts of the borough later this year.
The council is also offering local businesses and organisations the chance to use our zero-emissions courier delivery service for free.
Businesses, charities, organisations and market stallholders can now apply for the H&F voucher scheme which gives them £250 to spend on deliveries with our popular Parcels Not Pollution service, which has made more than 2,000 deliveries so far.
If you feel your area could so with a similar service, reach out to your local council’s small business representative to see if they could provide a similar service.