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Date: 27/05/2014

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce celebrated along with six other businesses at the Worcestershire Works Well bi-annual event held at Sixways Stadium on 22nd May, after achieving various levels of Worcestershire Works Well accreditation.

Worcestershire Works Well is a free accreditation scheme designed to enable local businesses to improve the health and well-being of their work force. There are three levels which businesses can be accredited to and to achieve accreditation a business should meet specific standards in nine areas including smoking and tobacco control, healthy eating and mental health and wellbeing.

The event was a huge success with five businesses each presented with a certificate for their accreditation Mike Ashton, Chief Executive, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. Titania and Worcester City Council each achieved a Level 1, and Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Bromsgrove and District Housing Trust and Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade achieved Level 2.

Two other Worcestershire businesses achieved accreditation recently too; Thomas Vale (Level 2) and e-response (Level 1), who unfortunately couldn't make it on the day, but were publicly congratulated during the certificate presentations.

The bi-annual event featured health MOTs, networking and stands, and a 'Mindfulness' session led by Mindfulness Coach Aston Colley. The key note speaker for the day was David Garton, Technical Development Manager of CH2m Hill who spoke about 'working in harmony' followed by Suzanne Roberts, compensation and Benefits Manager of Southco Manufacturing Ltd, who spoke about the role of leaders in health and well being. Other guest speakers included Natalie Rogers, UK HR Manager for Malvern Instruments Ltd and Charlotte Winter, Executive Assistant for University of Worcester, who both spoke about their Worcestershire Works Well journeys so far.

Shelley Gunnell, HR Manager at Titania, said: “The health and wellbeing of our staff is integral to Titania’s success and we are proud that this has now been recognised with the Worcestershire Works Well Level 1 accreditation. The measures that we have implemented encourage staff to lead healthier lifestyles and be more mindful of their general wellbeing. We hope that this inspires other small, local businesses to sign up to the scheme, to reap the many benefits of a fit and healthy workforce. Having successfully secured Level 1, we look forward to achieving Level 2 in the near future.”
Healthy workplaces reduce the burden of sickness on their employees, which can then save the company many thousands of pounds. Often it only takes a few small changes to make your workplace healthier and Worcestershire Works Well supports your organisation with a trained representative to help you achieve the levels.

For more information on Worcestershire Works Well visit