Staff at Spark eCommerce Group have found a fun alternative to walking since partnering with Micro Scooters a year ago.

Micro Scooters Ltd, distributors of one of the UK’s most popular scooter ranges, offer free and discounted scooters to Spark’s fulfilment, call centre and office staff to allow them to become familiar with the product and provide useful feedback.

Spark’s Deputy Operations Manager Phil Robertson, who leads the Micro Scooters fulfilment team, said: “The staff absolutely love the products and think they’re great fun. We’ve also found that they’re a great benefit to the operation too – they’re especially good for cutting down on travelling time between units, and even around the fulfilment centre when there are no fork-lift trucks in operation.”

Phil, among other members of staff, has also taken to using a scooter to get to and from work from time to time. He said: “I enjoy scooting to work and back and would definitely say it’s helping me get fitter. I used to walk to work and back to save on travel expenses and to get a bit more active. We have a number of scooters in the fulfilment centre that were provided free by the client, so I took thought I’d give it a go and ended up halving my journey time. I manage an average speed of just under 8 mph – you can go slower than that in a car in rush hour traffic.

“And of course I do get some funny looks from motorists but I take it all in good jest.”

Deputy Operations Manager Phil Robertson on his Micro Scooter

Micro Scooters Business Development Director Ben Gibson is originally from the North East and now lives in Hexham with wife Anna, co-founder of Micro Scooters Ltd. Ben said: “Our products aren’t just great for kids – we’re always keen to encourage people to leave their cars a home and ‘scoot the commute’ and the team at Spark are really behind that.

“Moving our fulfilment and contact centre operation to the North East was a big move for us, and we feel the team at Spark have really welcomed us and taken our product into their hearts. It’s important that any outsourced partner has a team who can truly stand forward as brand ambassadors for your business, especially in retail and eCommerce. We look forward to our second season with Spark this year and developing a strong and healthy partnership. A fit and healthy team is just a fortunate by-product.”