Awards honour workplace health schemes

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

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017, 6:59 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:55 am
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.

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.

Coun Margaret Hall, cabinet member for public health andwellbeing at North Tyneside Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of our local businesses being acknowledged with a Better Health at Work Award. This award is an important recognition of their efforts, as well as an incentive for others to make the same commitment.”

Beth 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 Award 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 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