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EMCC: HR Forum – Health and wellbeing in the workplace: Engaging employees in sustainable travel options

25 January, 8:30 am - 10:30 am

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From feedback received from previous HR Forums, the Chamber has identified that maintaining and supporting employees’ health and wellbeing continues to be a high priority for business. There is a multitude of research showing that healthy and well-motivated employees will have a positive impact on a business’s productivity and effectiveness.

In addition to improving your retention, presenteeism and absenteeism figures, by offering additional benefits to employees, you will also present a more attractive proposition for future employees.  We can clearly see that recruitment continues to be a problem in the East Midlands.  In fact, our Q3 Economic Survey shows that 59% of respondents looked to recruit in the previous three months.  And, of these, 61% experienced problems in recruiting.

What’s on offer?

This event will explore a range of options, focused around the link between sustainable travel and health and wellbeing.  Furthermore, we will be bringing in experts on a range of topics to support business in developing their health and wellbeing offer.  You will find out about a range strategies and support on offer.  Indeed, some of these also offer funding to help you implement activities supporting this agenda. There will also be an opportunity to try out some of the newest e-bike technology available!

The benefits of attending are as follows:

  • It’s a great opportunity for HR professionals to explore options to support their health and wellbeing activities in the workplace.
  • To understand what strategies can be deployed to improve health and wellbeing.  And, in turn,  improve absenteeism levels, retention and supporting your recruitment needs.
  • For employees to understand the options and benefits of sustainable travel.
  • To view and test some of the latest e-bikes from Raleigh.

The Agenda

8:30am – Event preliminaries

Arrival, registration, refreshments and breakfast

9:00am – Welcome

From Ian Bates, Sector Forum and Representation Manager, East Midlands Chamber. And round room introductions.

9:05am – Improving the health of your business through Active Travel planning

From Helen Hemstock, Chief Executive of Sustainable Travel Collective, the green transport charity

Helen will discuss the benefits of encouraging and facilitating walking and cycling within your business.  And the impact it can have on your staff.  Furthermore, how you can use active travel to reduce absenteeism, sickness and improve your reputation.

9:25am – Getting Your Hands on a Workplace Travel Grant

From Peter Saunders, Transport Plan Officer, Nottingham City Council

Peter will explain how businesses can unlock up to £25,000 by applying for a Workplace Travel Grant for Active Travel infrastructure, etc.

9:45am – Strategies to support employees’ health and improve recruitment

From Andy Cain, Growth Partnership plc

What’s the greatest tool a business has? Its people, no doubt.  And in order for your people to feel better, and perform better, Growth Partners helps companies create the ultimate working environment.  Furthermore, they are experts in supporting SMEs flourish by providing them with the same knowledge, benefits and services that help larger businesses prosper.

Andy will discuss strategies that can be applied to develop a decent wellbeing scheme.  Such schemes are proven to be cost-effective in ironing out many work-related issues, such as:

  • Reducing employee absenteeism
  • Improving long-term employee retention
  • Raising day-to-day staff performance

Drawing on some of their popular wellbeing schemes, Andy will highlight the most effective resources designed to enhance employee engagement.  These not only benefit your existing staff, but also attract potential recruits who will be interested, beyond salary, in what care schemes are incorporated into their offer of employment.

10:05am – Information provision

We want to ensure that we provide support to all employers across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.  Therefore, there will be representatives from various organisations on hand to provide delegates with information.  These include:

Phil Saunders from SmartGo

SmartGo is an innovative staff benefits scheme helping organisations encourage their employees to use sustainable transport and lead more active lifestyles. It includes discounts with the likes of East Midlands Trains, trentbarton, Railcards, Halfords, Europcar and Cotswold Outdoors.  As well as offers for businesses on infrastructure like EV charging and cycle storage.  Not only does SmartGo help staff save money, but it also enables employers to enhance their CSR credentials.  And finally, this contributes to reducing parking demand at the workplace.

Tony Lenihan, Safe and Sustainable Travel Coordinator, Choose How You Move

Providing details of their Access Funded businesses offer, sustainable travel programmes and Workplace Wellbeing programmes currently running across Leicestershire.

David Clasby, Partnership Development Manager, Sustrans East Midlands

Sustrans are the leading UK’s sustainable transport charity.  In fact, they currently deliver business active travel focused projects in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. These are direct staff engagement projects either offering personalised travel planning (PTP) or practical events and opportunities with partners.  They are a national charity with 600 staff across the UK.  They are also the custodians of the National Cycle Network.  In other words, 14,000 miles of off-road and quiet roads/paths for walkers, cyclists and, in many places, horse riders.

Delia Bower, Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) Partnership & Business Engagement Officer, Derby City Council’s Connected Project

“Connected” is an initiative in Derby that helps city-based companies implement sustainable travel and business practices.  These are not only good for the environment, but also for business – financially and operationally.  Grants, travel planning and discounted bus travel are all part of a range of incentives and services tailored to suit your business needs.

Optional – 30 minutes.  Opportunity to test ride some e-bikes provided by Raleigh

As the Workplace Travel Grant can be used to purchase pool e-bikes, plus the support provided by the Sustainable Travel Collective on cycle training etc., we are providing you an opportunity to explore some of the new e-bikes available from Raleigh.  Raleigh will be bringing along a range of their e-bikes which will be available to test ride outside Loxley House.

Further information and registration

This event is FREE to both Chamber members and non-members.  However, we only have a limited number of spaces available.  So don’t delay, book your place today.

Furthermore, we are delivering this event in collaboration with Nottingham City Council and their Active Travel Partners, The Sustainable Travel Collective & Sustrans.

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East Midlands Chamber


Nottingham City Council
Loxley House, Station Street
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG2 3NG United Kingdom
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0115 915 5555


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