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A company that provides staff with mental health first aid, stress awareness and healthy eating advice has been crowned Britain’s Happiest Workplace.
Medvivo, based in Chippenham, won the title at the National Happiness Awards, held on Friday night in London. The telehealth service provider has put the happiness of its employees at the core of its business.
Staff there are also encouraged to raise money for charity and last Christmas the company provided food parcels and goodies for its service users.
The Happiest Team accolade went to NEL Consulting, where meetings are streamed live and recorded for colleagues who are unable to attend, and where expertise is shared via Lunch and Learn events. The Happiest Employee was O2’s Hattie Jones, who bosses described as ‘a mentor to peers in her team and an outstanding performer’.
Winners in the education categories of the awards were: Happiest Child, Freya Watson; Happiest Primary School, Longwood Primary Academy and Nursery; Happiest Secondary School, Highfurlong School; Happiest School Employee, John Bryant Arthur Bugler Primary School.
The National Happiness Awards honour happiness in business and education and are judged by an independent panel of experts. They are backed by learning and development company Laughology. They have developed a reputation as the nation’s brightest and boldest award scheme. Around 250 organisations and individuals entered this year.
National Happiness Awards founder and Laughology CEO Stephanie Davies said: “The National Happiness Awards are the Oscars of the wellbeing world and the people and places we honour are real heroes who make a huge difference to lives. We had some amazing finalists and it is truly encouraging to see so many organisations, leaders and individuals taking happiness seriously. At a time when there is so much uncertainty in the country, it has been refreshing to see so much positivity.”
The awards are sponsored by Simply Better Events.
Awards judge and Chief Customer Officer from Twinkl, Leon Smith, said: "Individuals and businesses do things each day to make people happy and it's something that we should take more time to celebrate. I hope people will be inspired by all the incredible winners and nominees to recognise someone who makes them happy and give them a big thank you too."
Medvivo, Chippenham - Winner
JDRF, National – Highly Commended
Spencers solicitors, Chesterfield - Commended
Hattie Jones, London – O2 - Winner
Qamar Hussain, Bingley – Bupa – Highly Commended
Drew Millard, Hull – Tesco mobile - Commended
NEL Healthcare Consulting, London - Winner
Confident Children and Parents, Gravesend – Highly Commended
CanDoELLA, Morpeth – Commended
Happiest Primary School
Longwood Primary Academy and Nursery, Harlow - Winner
Fourfields Community Primary School, Peterborough – Highly Commended
Arthur Bugler Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope - Commended
Happiest Secondary School
Highfurlong School, Blackpool - Winner
Happiest School Employee
John Bryant – Arthur Bugler Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope - Winner
Lucy Chipperfield – Arthur Bugler Primary School, Stanford-le-Hope – Highly Commended
David McNulty – Avenue End Primary School, Glasgow - Commended
Freya Watson, Hull - Winner
Hollie-Grace Gough, Maidstone – Highly Commended
Jenia Bacchas, Ilford - Highly Commended
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