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We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the 2019 Solent Business Awards 2019 in the category of ‘Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing’ alongside Advance TRS, Mayflower Theatre and Southampton Airport. Congratulations to the winners, Anglepoise. 

Our nomination comes after the firm reviewed its mental health and wellbeing policy in order to give these topics priority in the workplace. Alongside practical changes in policy, the firm has also organised various events and initiatives this year including a number of mental health/resilience workshops with The Eleos Partnership. The individuals at Eleos draw on personal insights of their own individual recovery journeys and using MHFA England theories and coping strategies to raise awareness and to enable staff to develop their own mental resilience.

We also held our first ‘Wellbeing Week’ this year for all staff, which included information and sessions delivered by specialists on topics including physical health, nutrition, work-life balance, health checks, and financial wellbeing. The week was extremely successful, and we hope to repeat it next year.

HR Director Paula Al-Yousif, who has been leading on the wellbeing initiatives said, “Mental health and wellbeing is very close to the hearts of many people within our business; we want to openly recognise this and create a culture where people feel they can talk openly and feel supported. We already had existing mental health support in place together with wellbeing benefits and initiatives. However, we wanted to implement more creative ways to bring people together, provide information and in doing so, have some fun along the way!”

The Solent Business Awards were held on 17th October at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.