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Healthy workplace saves firms money

Bradgate NetwalkingLeicestershire businesses that would like to increase productivity and boost their bottom line would benefit from a FREE service worth over £4,000.

The Healthy Workplace Programme, delivered by The Fit For Work Team and funded by Leicestershire County Council, is accessible for companies in the county employing fewer than 250 staff.

Over the past two years, the programme has enabled over 50 local businesses to enhance their reputation, retain their most talented staff and save up to £40,000 by focusing on health promotion in the workplace.

Label printing firm Label Apeel, based in Thurmaston, saw tremendous benefit from taking part in the programme.

Managing Director Stuart Kellock said: "We saw significant improvements in terms of employee engagement, reduction in sick days and general fitness. We now have hours lost to illness down to below one per cent of all worked hours. Our staff turnover is very low and just the general feeling of happiness is generally improved. Any business not making the most of this FREE service has got to be stark raving bonkers.”

As a result of its launch in 2012, The Healthy Workplace Programme has secured funding for 2015 and has recently launched a brand new workforce wellbeing website

Commercially savvy, caring employers which want to differentiate themselves from their competition are being encouraged to participate in the programme.

For more information visit www.workforcewellbeing.org.uk or contact Andrew Harris Anrwhri@ifrokemogde.arsftowrta.r 07816 681281.

* The first of six Walkie Talkie Netwalks in 2015 takes place on Tuesday 13 January.

Walkie Talkie events feature a walk of around an hour through beautiful Bradgate Park where participants get to meet new contacts and develop business relationships. They also get the opportunity to learn more about the park from a member of Bradgate Park’s team.

After the walk participants will have the opportunity to continue informal networking in the Park’s café. A free hot drink and light breakfast will be provided for everyone who pays to park in the Park’s own car park - £2.50 as of Dec 2014.

The Walkie Talkie events are being delivered in partnership by The Fit for Work Team, Charnwood Borough Council’s Sport and Active Recreation team and Dalycom business communications.