FLYNN is celebrating after winning the Health and Wellbeing award at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2017 in London, hosted by Kate Thornton, where on 30 November we were again winners.  The Chamber Business Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

The UK Award is recognition of the innovation and effort made by FLYNN HR and H&S departments to develop what we call FLYNN-Boost, an integrated strategy to assist our people avail of lifestyle improvement opportunities.  Flynn developed a ‘Boost’ initiative for their employees and contractors focused on seven activators, including physical activity, stress and mental health. Analysis of the initiative showed reduced absenteeism, reduced recruitment costs, improved moral, better succession planning, better communication, reduced injuries and improved financial performance.

Aidan Flynn, Managing Director said:

“Flynn are delighted to have been recognised for Health & Wellbeing. In the construction sector, historically employees have been reticent about seeking help and assistance with their health.  We decided to change outdated behaviours through our FLYNN-Boost strategy which encourages all staff to avail of health information days, health charity presentations, and individual medical assessments, all of which we have brought onto site.  If a regional family business like ours can do this, it shows what could be done more widely to change attitudes and behaviours in our industry”.

Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“Flynn are a fantastic example of a business recognising the importance of staff wellbeing and health, and actively working to improve it. Their forward-thinking approach to creating a happy and healthy work environment sets the standard for companies everywhere, and makes them worthy recipients of this award.”

Fiona Lowe, Director of HR at Westfield Health, said:

“We were delighted to present this award to Flynn – a business which is truly committed to the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

At Westfield Health we champion health and wellbeing in the workplace – helping employees eat well, sleep better, think clearly, move more and feel great. We know that the healthiest and happiest workplaces take a holistic approach to wellness and Flynn has demonstrated this through its ‘Boost’ initiative with some very impressive, tangible results.”