BUSINESS leaders and council chiefs in Hampshire will discuss green travel at a conference next month.

The Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton will host an event to discuss ways of how businesses can use sustainable transport and reduce traffic congestion.

Transport experts and other companies will discuss how to reduce their costs and improve efficiencies through promoting staff commuting, business travel and greener deliveries.

The conference, which is held in partnership with green charity Sustrans, will also advise businesses on how to use electric vehicles as part of green fleets and will also use a number of case studies in Hampshire, which will provide practical guidance.

Key speakers at the conference include Cabinet member for Environment and Transport at Southampton City Council Jacqui Rayment, Louise Skipton-Carter from Sustrans and Jon Foley, who works for pioneering transportation planning company Steer Davies Gleave.

Case studies will include the University of Southampton, insurance giant Skandia and DIY and homeware giant B&Q.

Last year a similar event attracted more than 100 delegates, and organisers are hoping for even more this year.

To sign up for a place at the green meeting, or for more information, email workplaces@myjourney or telephone 023 8083 2191.