Offshore wind power in the UK continues to go from strength to strength in this year.
According to The Guardian, Britain accounted for 53% of the new offshore wind power capacity built in Europe last year, as the sector broke installation records across the continent.
The wind farms out in the North Sea and other shallow European waters are getting bigger in every sense. Turbines are getting larger with every new development with the latest turbines almost being as large as the Shard, Europe’s tallest building.
Over the last number of years, the main challenge for companies in the supply chain was to find ways to reduce cost so the sector becomes more attractive for continued investment and yield the desired results in terms of Energy output. This is now coming to fruition as manufacturers and wind farm developers deploy ever-bigger turbines.
Planning, coordinating and organising travel for large numbers of personnel and contractors can have a significant impact on the cost of a project.
With many modes and elements of travel required, a good travel management company will ensure you are receiving the best value for money;
# Air Travel
It is essential to provide good coordination of flights from a range of airports to arrive at the location at similar times. Sometimes taking advantage of marine or offshore airfares allows flexibility for last minute changes to plans. However, low-cost airlines are also a popular choice providing access to various routes which scheduled carriers do not support. A specialist business travel team can quickly assess the best options for multiple passengers.
# Car Hire
Choice is the key word! There are many providers in the marketplace with a multitude of rules and regulations which can result in the client paying too much. From one-way rentals, to long hires and even swapping vehicles between passengers, a Travel Management Company will have the know-how to suggest and access to a broad range of suppliers to get the best deal.
# Rail Travel
Rail travel is a frequent requirement for personnel who do not live close to an airport. By planning ahead, a business travel agency can save client’s money by securing advance purchase tickets. See more hints on savings from our previous blog.
Typically, hotels are not the best fit for Renewable Energy clients as long stays are required. Client’s like to see a range of alternatives such as B&B’s, serviced apartments, even holiday lets or rented properties. Location is the main priority enabling staff to pick up crew transfer vessels each day. It is also imperative a good range of amenities are available on-site or within proximity such as WIFI, restaurants, cooking and laundry facilities. A good Travel Management Company will offer a selection of options that meet client’s requirements.
# The Complete Package
Aside from the effective sourcing and arranging of all travel elements, a good business travel agency will deliver so much more from assistance with visas for an increasing International workforce, providing Duty of Care to all travelling employees and the latest Management Information reporting providing significant assistance with budgeting for each project.
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Contact: Jennifer Lee Wright