All aboard! Bus company joins business group

Linsey Frostick, left, and Maq Alibhai from Arriva flanking Colin Fox, centre, chief executive of Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce

Linsey Frostick, left, and Maq Alibhai from Arriva flanking Colin Fox, centre, chief executive of Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce

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A BUSINESS group didn’t have to wait too long into the year to welcome its first new member of 2012 - a bus company!

The bus company Arriva, which employs more than 300 people out of their depot in Wolverton, was the first of eight new companies to join the chamber in the first two weeks of January.

Colin Fox, chief executive of the chamber, said: “Arriva is one of our larger employers in Milton Keynes and has clear objectives to improve travel for local business and their employees in the borough and we look forward to working with them moving forward.”

Arriva operate the local network of bus services in Milton Keynes and last year the company also opened the MKube, an information centre in the heart of Milton Keynes, which offers information on bus travel, ticket sales and is also the only National Express booking office in the city centre.

Maq Alibhai, general manager for the Milton Keynes operation said: “We are pleased to join the chamber, we have been members in the past but believe now is a good time to rejoin. We want to be part of the community and part of the development and growth of Milton Keynes. Our services offer great links right across the area and it is essential we are in touch with the local companies to make sure we are offering the types of services they and their employees need.”

Mr Alibhai added: “Arriva have made significant improvements to services and our operations in MK over the last 18 months. There is still much work to be done and we wish to work closely with key local stakeholders to ensure we are offering the best level of service to our customers”

The chamber is also assisting Arriva in promoting their Employer Travel Club, where companies join the club and their employees get benefits and great savings on their bus travel. Companies that are Chamber members receive a 25 per cent discount on the annual membership fee.