SEVEN more businesses have been accredited for the work they have done to improve the health and well-being of their work force.

The group were recognised at the Worcestershire Works Well bi-annual event at Worcester University Arena when they received their certificates of accreditation. Malvern Hills District Council and Energy Simple both achieved level one accreditation, Titania, the University of Worcester, Wyre Forest District Council and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust achieved level two accreditation, while Southco was the first company to achieve a level three accreditation.

Shelley Gunnell, HR manager of Titania, which is based in BArbourne, Worcester, said: “Titania is incredibly proud to be the first SME to reach level two of the Worcestershire Works Well accreditation. We hope that we have inspired other local SME’s to take the first steps towards fostering an environment that encourages health and wellbeing in the workplace. We would like to thank Worcestershire Works Well for its continued support, as well as our growing Titania Team who helped make this happen.”

Cllr Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council cabinet member for health, wellbeing and housing, added: "We were delighted to be the first local authority to achieve this level two of Worcestershire Works Well. As well as helping us to improve the health and wellbeing of our staff, the scheme helps us in our aims to reduce staff sickness and associated costs.”

Keynote speaker, Nicola Whiting, chief operating officer of Titania, spoke about why she signed up to Worcestershire Works Well and the benefits she has seen from doing so, explaining that small inexpensive changes can make the world of difference.

Worcestershire Works Well is a free accreditation scheme available to all businesses within Worcestershire, it is designed to enable local businesses to improve the health and well-being of their work force.