Winner of the SME Wellbeing Innovation Initiative competition 2018 announced

Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support win the 2018 Wellbeing Innovation Initiative competition.
On Friday 8 June, Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support won the 2018 Wellbeing Innovation Initiative competition after director Jon Manning presented their revolutionary app-based mental health support at a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch event run by Anglian Water and the Business in the Community Wellbeing Leadership Team. The runner-up was Intelligent Health for their ‘Beat the Street initiative.
 
Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support have won a £1,000 cash prize and will be mentored by Peter Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at Anglian Water, Susan Davies, Commercial Director at Santander Business Banking, Priscilla Li, Head of Applied Innovation Exchange at Capgemini UK and Patrick Watt, Commercial Director at Bupa Global. The judging panel also included Paul Geddes, Chief Executive Officer, Direct Line Group.
 
Peter Simpson, Anglian Water Chief Executive and chair of the BITC Wellbeing Leadership Team, said: “Supporting mental health and wellbeing in business could not be more important. A happy and healthy workforce is what makes a good organisation great, but it’s more than that. Happier, healthier, safer employees work better and provide a better service to customers. Our people are our greatest asset and I strongly believe we should feel happier for coming to work, which is why I’m looking forward to the opportunity to pilot the Arthur Ellis mental health app within our business.” 
 
Patrick Watt, Commercial Director at Bupa Global said: “The business community has come a long way in terms of mental health awareness, but with increased awareness comes the need for more accessible and available support. Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support’s winning idea meets this need by combining an innovative approach to improving mental health literacy, with ease of access through the use of digital. I am delighted to be mentoring Jon and helping him to develop his business so that this solution can support as many people as possible in their mental health, in a sustainable, and long-term way.”
 
Susan Davies, Commercial Director for Santander Business.  “The wellbeing of our employees and our customers is at the forefront of our minds at Santander.  We believe everyone has mental health, just as we all have physical health, and that we can all benefit from managing our mental wellbeing.  Santander has a number of employee networks to support employees, and our Mental Wellbeing Network is the fastest growing network that we’ve launched. I’m looking forward to connecting Jon at Arthur Ellis with the network to explore opportunities to work together to help people and businesses prosper; as well as helping him to make the right connections to grow his business further.”
 
The competition was launched in response to wellbeing research which found that employers across the UK are failing to provide adequate support to employees or equip managers with the skills to help them. More than three quarters (77%) of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health in their lives, and for 62% of employees work has been contributing factor.  
 
The initiative aims to change those statistics by recognising companies that have developed positive solutions to support employees to thrive, offer excellent support when they are unwell, and track how these efforts are improving the business bottom line.   
 
"It means the world to win! We are a new business and this year has been very challenging so to get this recognition really is incredible. We really can’t wait to begin working closer with the judges, their support is really going to be invaluable for our growth and our mission to change the world of mental health." Jon Manning, Director of Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support.
 
If you are looking for ways to improve your employee wellbeing, Business in the Community has partnered with Public Health England to produce a suite of toolkits to help every organisation support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of its employees

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