Business gong for transport scheme

A scheme which helps people across the county access work, education or training has landed a business award.

East Sussex Wheels 2 Work, which offers affordable loans of mopeds, motorcycles and electric cycles, was named Social Enterprise of the Year in the Sussex Business Awards.

The community interest company was launched last year using grant funding secured by East Sussex County Council from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The award comes as the scheme plans to expand its reach across the county.

Councillor Rupert Simmons, county council lead member for economy, said: “I am overjoyed that Wheels 2 Work has achieved such a well-deserved accolade.

“The scheme is making a real impact on people’s lives, supporting them to get to work and improving their opportunities to access training or education, to support the growth of East Sussex’s economy.

“The award also demonstrates the value of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in enabling the council to kick-start a successful, sustainable social enterprise in a short space of time.”