Awards honour businesses for workplace initiatives

Anna Foster, BBC Newcastle; Amy Whyte, Gordon Brown LLP; Louise Ottaway, Gordon Brown LLP; Deborah Percy, Gordon Brown LLP; Wendy Peffers, Gordon Brown LLP; and Beth Farhat, Northern TUC.
Anna Foster, BBC Newcastle; Amy Whyte, Gordon Brown LLP; Louise Ottaway, Gordon Brown LLP; Deborah Percy, Gordon Brown LLP; Wendy Peffers, Gordon Brown LLP; and Beth Farhat, Northern TUC.

Employers have been honoured for their commitment to workplace health and wellbeing.

Businesses from across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle attended the North East Better Health at Work Awards (BHAWA), hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Anna Foster with a keynote speech from Beth Farhat, regional secretary for the Northern Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The annual ceremony – jointly hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle City Council – celebrates the collective achievements of employers participating in the Better Health at Work Award.

Northumberland county councillor Susan Dungworth, cabinet member for adult care and public health, said: “I am delighted to see so many local employers have demonstrated their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees over the last year and I would encourage other employers to take part in the free Better Health at Work Awards.”

Beth Farhat said: “It’s always an absolute pleasure to be part of these celebrations and recognise the hard work, effort and innovation that Better Health at Work Awards participants demonstrate and deliver for their staff and workplaces year on year.”

Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP, which has been participating in the BHAWA since 2014, was also the premium sponsor of the event. Wendy Peffers, marketing manager, said: “We have now reached the third year and have achieved our gold award.”

“The health campaigns we have carried out over the past three years, have made an impact on the health and wellbeing of our staff as well as raising awareness of health issues.

“As a firm, we look forward to continuing with the initiative and supporting our staff in both their personal and working lives.

“We are delighted to sponsor the awards, and would recommend any company to engage with the initiative and encourage wellbeing within their workforce.”

Further information about the North East Better Health at Work Award is available at www.betterhealthatworkne.org