Eighteen Kent businesses and three Medway businesses have achieved prestigious new Kent and Medway awards, aimed at improving the health of their workforce.
Launched by Kent County Council in 2014, the Kent Healthy Business Award, and the Medway equivalent programme, Medway Healthy Workplace Award, are based on the National Health and Wellbeing Charter.
Their focus is to improve the county’s environment and help companies to boost productivity and profits by keeping staff healthy and safe.
Award winners attended a special ceremony on Thursday 23 July where they received their trophy and certificate from Graham Gibbens, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health.
The businesses were independently assessed after meeting standards in areas such as leadership, absence management, mental health and wellbeing, physical activity, smoking and tobacco related ill health, alcohol and substance misuse.
“From children and young people, through the working population and to older residents, improving the health and wellbeing of people across Kent is a key priority for us,” explains Graham Gibbens.
He added: “This accreditation helps us to reach those workforces and allows local businesses and organisations to play their part, benefitting their staff and in turn their organisation.”
The Kent winners are:
• Axa PPP, Tunbridge Wells
• Circle Housing Russet Kings Hill
• Credit Limits International, Faversham
• DS Smith Packaging, Sheerness
• Kent Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Kent Wide)
• Maidstone Borough Council
• MJ Allen, Ashford
• Royal Mail Maidstone
• Royal Mail Medway Valley (Snodland)
• Royal Mail Sheerness
• Royal Mail Sittingbourne
• Shout Spark & Go, Ramsgate
• Social Enterprise Kent, Herne Bay
• South East Water, Snodland
• Swale Borough Council
• Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council
• Veolia Environmental Services, Tonbridge
• Wilkinson Construction, Kings Hill
And from Medway, the Royal Mail at Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham picked up awards.
Alison Barnett, Director of Public Health for Medway Council, said: “It is great to see so many local businesses putting the health and welfare of their staff among their top priorities.
“Research shows that investing in staff wellbeing reaps rewards in terms of staff productivity and engagement. With more local businesses getting on board it’s not only great for their staff but the local economy too.”
The businesses can work towards three levels – committed, achieved and excellence – and companies are invited to sign up to the Kent award scheme.