Just one month after being crowned Socially Responsible Business of the Year at the York Press Business Awards 2016, York-based Autohorn Fleet Services are looking back on what has been a sterling year for getting involved in the local community.
On November 16, the fleet management services operator was awarded the aforementioned accolade for their contributions to promoting electric vehicles. In particular, the company, based at Leeman Road, York, is championing the Go Ultra Low government initiative, which aims to increase the number of electric cars on the road. Staff at Autohorn have pledged to make at least five per cent of their fleet electric by 2020, through with 10 electric plug-in vehicles and 50 hybrid-powered vehicles in their offering, it’s likely this will be much sooner.
Sales and Operations Director Scott Jenkins said of the award: “We have been around for a long time; to get some kind of recognition for what we put into our community and our area is very important to us.”
Environmental awareness is not the only contribution that Autohorn have offered the local community over the past 12 months. Autohorn are also proud sponsors of York Racecourse and the Autohorn Micklegate Run Soap Box Challenge. What’s more, the 50-strong team have been doing their bit for local charities, including running in York Against Cancer’s R U Taking the P event in June. With events such as this and Race For Life, Autohorn’s staff members have managed to collectively clock up 100km in charity running events this year alone.
Community involvement has always been a key motivator for Autohorn, who last year raised £5,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support. They have also worked with local organisations such as York College and the University of York to provide career opportunities for young people and training for existing staff members.
Priding themselves on their local connections, Autohorn source all of their vehicle supply and maintenance to garages and dealers in the York area. With that in mind, the team are looking to expand into a new site on Clifton Moor in the New Year, which will be sustainable and ecofriendly.
Scott Jenkins also added: “It’s been a fantastic year for our community projects and the development of Autohorn as a whole. We’re proud of our local relationships and look forward to strengthening these even further in 2017.”
We’re proud of our local relationships and look forward to strengthening these even further in 2017.”