Healthy businesses and responsible town centre venues celebrated

Local businesses joined the Mayor of Barnsley, Chief Executive Diana Terris and members of the council’s Public Health team to celebrate two brilliant local award ceremonies – the Healthy Workplace Awards and the Best Bar None Awards at an event at the Civic on Wednesday evening. 

The Healthy Workplace Awards have been introduced for the first time this year to recognise and celebrate the good work that is taking place in businesses across Barnsley to improve health and wellbeing within the workplace.

Best Bar None was launched in Manchester in 2003 and is supported by the Home Office and the drinks industry. It's aimed primarily aimed at promoting responsible management and operation of alcohol licensed premises and to drive improvements in the evening and night time economy.

Employers are increasingly recognising the business benefits of investing in the health and wellbeing of their workforce and how being a caring employer providing ‘good work’ enhances their company image and reputation.

Some excellent examples of the good practice that is taking place in Barnsley were present at the awards.

The Best Workplace Health and Wellbeing Intervention Award was for businesses who had introduced a health and wellbeing intervention that has made a real impact and difference in the workplace and been sustainable in the long term.

The finalists were  Distinction Doors , XPO Logistics, Amalgamated Construction Ltd (AMCO) and NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, with AMCO taking the award.

Workplace health champions are the eyes and ears of an organisation and are a vital in developing a successful health and wellbeing programme.  Each champion was nominated because they excelled in their role and went that extra mile. They have negotiated with managers, supported staff, encouraged employee engagement and have been responsible for developing and introducing ideas and initiatives.

The health champion finalists, chosen because of their excellent examples of work were Paul Hewkin, Distinction Doors;  Jenny Grant, NPS; The Radiators, NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning  Group; and Natalie Lonsdale - DWP Child Support Agency. Paul Hewkin was the winner – he is passionate about health and wellbeing and has worked tirelessly to put measures in place for Distinction Doors to achieve the Workplace Wellbeing Charter National Award for England.

The Healthiest Barnsley Business Award was aimed at any business that demonstrated their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce through encouraging a supportive and productive environment where employees can flourish.  

The businesses chosen as finalists all introduced a range of interventions with measurable results which are now embedded into organisational culture. They were: XPO Logistics;  NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group;  DWP Child Support Agency. The winner, XPO Logistics, demonstrated their commitment to the health and wellbeing of the workforce by working towards the Workplace Wellbeing Charter National Award for England. This provided a platform to make the workplace a more supportive and productive environment. They achieved the national charter with excellence in all eight areas in April 2017 - the first company nationally to do so. 

Best Bar None is an important part of our strategy to create a fantastic evening and night time economy in the town centre.  Everyone in this room has a role to play in creating a safe and clean environment for people to visit, in creating an attractive environment, in attracting a diverse crowd and in ensuring Barnsley has something unique and exciting to offer.

Alongside The Glass Works regeneration scheme, venues’ involvement in Best Bar None will provide Barnsley with a vibrant town centre where people who visit know they will have a great time and be well looked after.

The process of becoming a Best Bar None accredited venue is not an easy one. It takes time and effort from both an assessor and venue perspective. A venue must meet over 80 standards providing evidence against each one.

Mick McDonnell, national coordinator of Best Bar None travelled from Plymouth to join Chief Superintendent Scott Green in presenting  accreditation certificates to 00 BAR, Annie Murray’s, Arcade Alehouse, Che Bar, Digital, Parkers Café Brasserie, The Corner Pin, The Joseph Bramah, The Open Kitchen ,The Shakespeare, The Silkstone Inn, Wildcats and Zinc.

The winners of the Best Bar None Awards were as follows:

The Best Pub Award went to The Joseph Bramah - a venue which judges said places the welfare of its visitors at the heart of everything it does to ensure people feel safe whilst having a good time. 

Best Late Night Venue Award was won by Zinc, which was judged to have gone above and beyond the standard criteria for the Best Bar None accreditation.  Being a busy and popular late night venue, the management of Zinc have remained proactive within the night time economy and bridged relations with partner organisations including the council. 

The People’s Choice Award gave those who go out in Barnsley the chance to vote for their favourite accredited venue in the town centre.  Votes were gathered through an online survey that was circulated widely.  There award was scooped up by Annie Murray’s -  a clear winner with over 30 per cent of all responses, and a venue which clearly puts the customer at the heart of everything it does. 

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Congratulations to everyone who won an award, received accreditation or has been recognised as a finalist. The awards have shown what a fantastic, vibrant and diverse evening economy we have in the town, as well as businesses committed to supporting their workforce to be happy and healthy.”

The 2019 Best Bar None awards were also launched at the event, with application packs now available and applications for the 2019 Healthy Workplace Awards will be welcomed from next April.

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