National workplace wellbeing company and Connect Yorkshire member, Champion Health, welcomed a record nine new clients during September, opening up its platform and personalised support to an additional 4,000 employees across the UK.
The business, which is headquartered in Sheffield, provides health and wellbeing solutions for the workplace, developed by academics, GPs and technology professionals.
Its nine latest clients are England Athletics, TDM Recruitment, Birkdale School, Cellhire, First Intuition, Mercia Learning Trust, Sheffield College, West Sussex Fire and Rescue and Southwest Water.
Collectively, these organisations employ around 4,000 people, all of whom will now access Champion Health resources and programmes for mental health and wellbeing support.
Recognition of the company’s positive impact has also led to Champion Health today being ranked 70th in the prestigious national Start Up 100 list. The list ranks the 100 most disruptive and innovative UK small businesses.
It follows on from CEO Harry Bliss being named Young Leader at TheBusinessDesk.com’s Northern Leadership Awards last week.
Champion Health has a team of over 50 professionals and academics to help improve health and wellbeing outcomes across the UK.
The latest clients join a roster of more than 75, including Rabobank, NHS Derbyshire and Twinkl.
Bliss said: “It’s incredible to welcome so many new clients all at once. I am so pleased to see these fantastic businesses are prioritising and investing in workplace wellbeing so that their teams can really thrive.
“Getting this right helps staff to feel empowered, motivated and engaged at work. More importantly, it also gives them the opportunity to talk and raise worries should they feel they need support with their mental health or wellbeing.
“We’re definitely seeing a real increase in businesses and organisations taking the mental health and wellbeing of their staff far more seriously than ever before.
“This could be partly because of the Coronavirus lockdowns but also because it’s becoming even more recognised that there are so many positive benefits to looking after staff both in and out the workplace.”
He added this issue was perhaps even more crucial at a time that UK businesses are still adapting to supporting people with working at home as well as in the office post-lockdown.
He said: “With workloads often being very high and the digital world we live in placing expectations of a 24/7 response, staff can often feel very isolated and overworked if they don’t have the right tools at their disposal.
“We’re here to ensure they can have access to solid advice, which helps them to navigate the complexities of the changing working environments and demands that we’re all still getting used to.”