January saw the first bi-annual Worcestershire Works Well event take place virtually, hosted by the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. The virtual event saw several keynote speakers including representatives from Worcestershire County Council, Global Vice President at Jacobs Paul Hendry, Director of Sutcliffe & Co Duncan Sutcliffe, Payara Services’ HR Director Julia Millidge and Chair of Bishop Fleming Ian Smith with Tax Manager Dann Pitt from Bishop Fleming.

As well as a round of virtual networking, over 60 attendees participated in a physical wellbeing activity, provided by Lorea Sarobe, Adult Participation Project Manager at Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The event was rounded off with congratulations to all of the newly accredited Level 1 and Level 2 businesses:

Level 1 – AKW, Grupo Antolin, Payara Services Ltd and St Bede’s Catholic Middle School.

Level 2 – International Glazing Services Limited, Vision Labs and St Bede’s Catholic Middle School.

The event was a huge success and covered topics relating to leadership and influencing workplace health and wellbeing. Feedback from the event was extremely positive with guests praising the interactivity of the event and the quality of information being presented.

Duncan Sutcliffe, Director of Sutcliffe & Co, said: “Thank you for involving us, I thought the speakers were all very interesting and there is a lot for us to take away and use in our business.”

Rachael Leslie, Worcestershire County Council Consultant in Public Health, said: “I wanted to say well done for such a well organised and high-quality event. Attendance was great, engagement was really good and the speakers were incredible. Lots of inspirational stories from Worcestershire employers who have such a vital role in the health and wellbeing of many of our Worcestershire residents and it so many good ideas about how employers have responded to continue to support employees through Covid-19.”

Julia Milliage, HR Director at Payara Serviced Ltd, said: “Many thanks for inviting Payara to be part of this morning’s event – really fascinating presentations by the others and a good mix of questions. Thanks to you the Chamber for hosting – did a great job.”

Worcestershire Works Well is a free accreditation scheme designed to support businesses to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. Improved employee health and wellbeing has been shown repeatedly to improve profitability and productivity of businesses.

To find out more information regarding the scheme and accreditation please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/worcestershireworkswell


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