Get on your bike!

Believe me when I tell you I have nothing in common with Norman Tebbit but, for entirely different and laudable reasons, I would coin his phrase and ask employees to “get on their bikes”. I am delighted to say that Mitchells Roberton has joined Cyclescheme, an initiative to encourage people to cycle to work. It is a super scheme. The health and environmental benefits are obvious but there are also significant financial incentives:

  • Reduced commuting costs
  • No parking costs – we are lucky that our offices at George House, North Hanover Street, Glasgow benefit from a secure and covered bike shed (and shower facilities!) – most places of work will have somewhere to park a bike at no cost.
  • Most significantly, employees typically save at least 30% on the cost of a new bike and accessories.

This is how it works:

  • The employer pays for a new bike & accessories (up to £1000) and retains ownership.
  • The employee hires the bike by a monthly salary sacrifice from their gross pay over an initial hire period (usually 12 months).
  • The employee then pays a nominal final amount (3%-7% of the initial cost of the bike) and after a secondary “hire” period (no further payments) ownership transfers to the employee.
  • The employee still earns the same amount. Deducting payments from gross salary rather than net salary is how the cost savings are achieved.

Most bike shops participate in the scheme and there are lots to choose from.

I joined the scheme recently and have been cycling to work since, so middle age and being dreadfully unfit are no barriers! My commute is about 4 miles and takes less than 20 minutes door to door. Glasgow’s roads are reasonably bike-friendly and there are extensive cycle lanes and paths to use. As I write my bike is in the courtyard waiting to be pedalled home.

Happy trails!

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About Paul Neilly

Paul’s first degree was a BA Honours in Financial Services following which he spent five years working for a large insurance company as a pensions specialist. He then completed his law degree at the University of Strathclyde and Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. Paul subsequently joined Mitchells Roberton as a trainee in July 2006 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2008. Principally concerned with civil litigation, Paul specialises in contract disputes, landlord and tenant issues (commercial and residential), debt recovery, family law, employment law and personal injury claims. He also handles cases involving Adults with Incapacity. Paul regularly appears in the Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and has experience of appearing before Licensing Boards and instructing matters in the Court of Session. Being a general civil litigator Paul is keenly aware of the need to keep step with developments in the law and legal education. This led Paul to join the committee of TANQ, the Trainee and Newly Qualified Society of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow, in which role Paul currently organises seminars and networking events for its members. Paul is married with a young son and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading and watching sport, particularly following the exploits of the national football and rugby teams, although this is more of a vocation than a source of enjoyment.

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