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Caring company earns wellbeing award

Initiatives to support a healthier and happier workforce have seen an electricity company recognised in a national award for a third time.

From Press releases - 22 April 2015 12:00 AM

Initiatives to support a healthier and happier workforce have seen an electricity company recognised in a national award for a third time.

UK Power Networks was reaccredited in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards today.

The company’s Bupa Workwell Engagement and Wellbeing Award recognises the way it helps employees to lead healthier lives. Its 5,600 staff look after the networks that bring electricity to 8.1million properties in London, the South East and East Anglia.

To be recognised in the latest Business in the Community award, UK Power Networks had to demonstrate it had continued to develop its health initiatives since it first won the award in 2013 and again in 2014.

Dr Sharon Wigfull, health and safety engagement manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We are really pleased because it highlights how we have embedded our focus on healthy living. In the last year we have trained a network of volunteer wellbeing champions with the know-how to sign-post people to the right support.

“We offer our employees free flu vaccinations, fast-track physiotherapy referrals, free health checks, educational campaigns, discounts on the cost of a new bike to ride to work and independent advice, wellbeing and counselling services.

“Happy and healthy people will always go the extra mile in their work. It makes a huge difference to performance and makes perfect business sense. It results in better customer service, less sickness, higher productivity and staff engagement.”

Business in the Community chief executive Stephen Howard said: “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business and raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good. We congratulate UK Power Networks for playing its part in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future and demonstrating that business has a greater purpose then simply generating profit.”

Today’s announcement coincides with Responsible Business Week (April 20-26), an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society. The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the ways businesses are making a difference – from investing in the wellbeing of employees, to helping young people develop skills, or supporting small businesses to grow.