People Powered CIC is a dynamic community interest company specialising in active and sustainable travel consultancy and project delivery services. Based on the the Isle of Wight, People Powered aims to improve sustainable travel options on the Island and beyond, particularly through work which enables more people to walk and cycle, both as a recreational activity and as modes of transport. People Powered was founded by Will Ainslie and Martin Gibson, both of whom have extensive experience in the sustainable transport sector. In 2021 Matt Whittaker joined the team as PPCIC’s third director. We provide a creative and innovative approach to transport consultancy and project management services to public, voluntary and private sector organisations.
What’s in a name?
We’re called People Powered for two reasons:
- We work across all aspects of sustainable transport but have a particular passion for active travel – walking and cycling. There is strong evidence that enabling these simplest forms of transport can have a transformative effect on local communities, improving our public spaces, fostering greater heath and well-being and stimulating the local economy.
- Tired of the pace of change, when Will and Martin dreamt up the concept of People Powered CIC it was based on the concept that ordinary people could bring about change. Rather than waiting for some mythical “them” to do it, we decided it was time for some solutions created by local people, for local people. People-Powered solutions.
Then there’s the CIC bit. We are a Community Interest Company, which means we have a strong social purpose, report on the community benefit we provide, and our assets can only be used to benefit the community. Unlike a charity the people who run the CIC can be paid, which enables us to mix social mission and entrepreneurial endeavour.
The legal bits
People Powered CIC is a community interest company, limited by guarantee, registered in England, company number 10873237. Or registered office address is 39 Tennyson Road, Cowes, PO31 7QA.