Government backs flexible working project

News Article - Monday, 21 November 2011 10:17

Category: Networking

The government has given its backing to a project that will encourage businesses to adopt technology such as video conferencing and cloud computing in order to ease the strain on the UK's transport infrastructure. A number of organisations including Microsoft, Business in the Community and Vodafone have formed a consortium in order to launch the Anywhere Working scheme.

Details of the initiative were announced by transport minister Norman Baker, who suggested the group will launch an online hub to provide expertise for firms looking to cut their carbon footprints. "The advantages are undeniable - productivity and efficiency savings, a reduced carbon footprint, employee wellbeing - and are for both companies and their workers," he commented.

Mr Baker added that flexible working arrangements will be particularly useful when the 2012 London Olympics kick off, as the transport network will be stretched to the limit. Sunderland City Council recently announced it would launch a cloud computing network, which it hoped would save the local authority millions of pounds over the next five years.

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