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HR Forum - Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: Engaging Employees in alternative travel options

Host: East Midlands Chamber
Venue: Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, NG2 3NG, Nottinghamshire
Date: Friday 25th January, 2019
Time: 8.30am - 10.30am
Cost: Free

This event is delivered in collaboration with Nottingham City Council and their Active Travel Partners, The Sustainable Travel Collective & Sustrans.

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

In addition to the beneficial effect on your retention, presenteeism and absenteeism figures, by offering additional benefits to employees, you will also be a more attractive proposition for future employees –we can clearly see that recruitment continues to be a problem in the East Midlands: Data taken from our Q3 Economic Survey shows that 59% of respondents looked to recruit in the previous three months and 61% of these experienced problems when recruiting.

This event will explore a range of options, focussed around the link between sustainable travel and health and wellbeing, bringing in experts on a range of topics to support business to develop their health and wellbeing offer. You will find out about a range strategies and support on offer, some with funding attached, which will enable you to implement a range of activities to support this agenda. There will also be an opportunity to try out some of the newest e-bike technology available!


8.30am Arrival, registration, refreshments and breakfast

9.00am Welcome from Ian Bates, Sector Forum and Representation Manager, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and round room introductions.

9.05am Improving the health of your business through Active Travel planning - Helen Hemstock, Chief Executive of the green transport charity, Sustainable Travel Collective

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

9.25am Getting Your Hands on a Workplace Travel Grant - 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 and more.

9.45am Andy Cain, Growth Partnership plc –Strategies to supporting employees health and to improve recruitment

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 effectively helps companies create the ultimate working environment and are experts in supporting SMEs flourish by giving them access to 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 which is proven to be a cost-effective way of 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 effecting resources designed to enhance employee engagement, which not only benefits your existing staff, but stands as a great attraction to potential recruits who will be interested, beyond salary, in what care schemes are incorporated into their offer of employment.

10.05am To ensure that we provide support to all employers across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire there will be representatives from a range of organisations on hand to provide delegates with information, these include:

Phil Saunders from SmartGo: SmartGo is an innovative staff benefits scheme that helps 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 contribute to reducing parking demand at the workplace.


Tony Lenihan, Safe and Sustainable Travel Coordinator, Choose How You Move: Providing detail 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 currently delivering 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 spread across the UK and are the custodians of the National Cycle Network which is 14 000 miles of off road and quiet roads and 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” - an initiative in Derby that helps companies operating in the city to implement sustainable travel and business practices that are good not just for the environment, but for business, financially and operationally. Grants, travel planning, and discounted bus travel are 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


Why you should attend:

  • This is 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 to thus improve absenteeism levels, retention and to support 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.


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