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Businesses can learn to save cash and environment at free pop-up events

Zen Pop-ups

Check out a new electric supercar as part of a series of pop-up events in and around Tech City aimed at teaching businesses about going green and saving cash.

Experts from a multi-council green team will be on hand next week to give tips on how to reduce fuel and energy costs and as well as to provide the chance to sign-up to a range of free trials and offers.

  • Tuesday, 16 September: Hackney Council’s electric vehicle pop-up will be outside Floripa, near Old St Roundabout, between 11am and 6pm. The Tesla Model S and Renault Twizy will be on site. Eatery Pixxa will be delivering pizza by bicycle at 12.15pm, 12.45pm, 1.15pm and 1.45pm.
  • Wednesday, 17 September: Islington Council’s cycle pop-up will be outside Gymbox, at Old St Roundabout, between 11am and 2.30pm. Cycle specialists Bikeworks will be there with an array of bicycles to explain the bike to work Cyclescheme. They will also give free bike tune-ups. Pixxa will again be delivering pizza throughout lunchtime.
  • Thursday, 18 September: Tower Hamlets’ cycle pop-up – at Spitalfields Market between 11am and 2.30pm. The offers will be the same as Wednesday’s   

The days of activity, during European Mobility Week, are aimed at raising the profile of the Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets Councils’ green group for businesses, known as the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN), which is due to officially launch next month.

The ZEN team gives free, bespoke advice and services to help businesses cut costs and reduce air pollution. Offers include grants of up to £1,000; free cargo bike and electric vehicle trials; free one-year membership to Zipcar and City Car Club; and free cycle training and seminars.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council
Next week’s pop-ups are the perfect opportunity for businesses in and around Shoreditch to get free advice on how they can make the right choices to protect themselves against future problems linked to pollution. The benefits are three-fold: substantial cost savings; better air in and around one of the most polluted parts of the borough; and healthier and happier employees
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Hackney Council

European Mobility Week, which runs from 16 to 22 September every year, aims to encourage local authorities to introduce and promote greener transport as alternatives to car use. Hackney Council will be holding or promoting a series of initiatives during the week, including free walk-in cycling training (www.hackney.gov.uk/cycle-training) and the Car Free Day street party in the Narrow Way on Saturday, 27 September.

Hackney pioneered the ZEN project last year and it is now widened to include Islington and Tower Hamlets. To learn more about ZEN, go to: www.cleanerairforlondon.org.uk/zenCall : 020 8356 6113Email: zen@hackney.gov.ukFollow on Twitter: @ZENCityfringe