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November 9, 2023

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Funding given to small start up company to increase employee wellbeing

A health and safety software company has been given thousands of pounds to help support workplace wellbeing.

Credit: Unsplash by Deniz Altindas

HandsHQ has been handed the money by the British Safety Council (BSC) to expand the mental health support available to employees and offer them more business and life coaching.

Promoting good wellbeing practices 

Jamie Carruthers, Co-founder and CEO of HandsHQ, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding as we are all increasingly aware of the importance of employee wellbeing, we are grateful to the British Safety Council for this support.

“As a small start-up, we have to be conscious of balancing budgets across departments. Our continued wellbeing campaigns will allow us to retain and attract more talent as the tech industry is so competitive.

“This funding will also help us to promote good wellbeing practices to others and continuously improve our own knowledge, helping us to be recognised as not just leaders in health and safety software but also our own wellbeing practices.”

The company, which launched 10 years ago, offers software which enables organisations to create project-specific risk assessments and method statements.

It works particularly in the construction, engineering, facilities management, and events sectors.

Further reading: We recently attended the BSC Conference 2023, which focused on organisational resilience. Have a read of our overview here: ‘Add health as the lens to your business performance’ 

Credit: Unsplash by Nik Shuliahin 

Measuring and tracking impact 

The funding comes after HandsHQ attended a free BSC workshop earlier this year to help them and other small and medium organisations develop a wellbeing strategy.

The workshop was delivered by Being Well Together experts and after attending employers were invited to apply for funding with an effective and innovative proposal.

Mike Robinson, British Safety Council Chief Executive, said: “I am excited and proud that, as a charity, British Safety Council is supporting small organisations in this way, and delighted that HandsHQ will now benefit.

“Even a modest amount of funding can make a huge difference to employers who lack the HR and financial resources of larger companies for such a worthwhile use.
“HandsHQ showed in their application that it would use this money in creative and imaginative ways, but also that it would measure, evaluate and track the impact of its activities carefully, that it is listening to its staff in order to develop its multi-year plan and that it fits with their strategic needs as well as those of British Safety Council.
“We look forward to working with HandsHQ as it progresses on its wellbeing journey and hearing how it gets on with implementing its plan over the coming months.”

Up to £10,000 is being given to businesses as part of the BSC’s Keep Thriving campaign, which seeks to improve the wellbeing of workers, within and outside of the workplace.

Further funding will be given to other organisations.

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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