27th March – Business Meeting: Smarter Travel for Slough

SBCP’s latest Business Meeting was held on Thursday 27th March at The Centre where we heard from Laura Wells from Atkins Global.

Atkins Global is working with Slough Borough Council to deliver the Smarter Travel for Slough programme and delegates heard about how they will work with local businesses to help them create sustainable transport options to help reduce traffic congestion.  The programme provides funding to support initiatives such as walking, cycling, promoting the use of public transport, car sharing and offers local businesses a tailored package of transport and travel solutions including the production of personal travel plans for employees.  Traffic congestion is a key barrier to doing efficient business in Slough and the Council estimates that this costs the local economy £34 million per year in lost productivity from time wasted stuck in traffic jams alone.  For more information please contact Laura Wells on: 01753 477334 or laura.wells@slough.gov.uk

Our second speaker was from Jenny Muddiman from the Cadet Expansion Programme and she talked about the success of Cadet Units in schools that provide students with the chance to learn new skills such as leadership and self-reliance that are based on the traditional values of the armed forces.  The experience gained by the students helps them develop into well-rounded, accomplished adults that are fully prepared for life beyond school.  Any secondary school may join the cadet expansion programme and Jenny asked businesses to promote the programme to their staff and encourage Cadet Force Adult Volunteering.

Finally, we heard from Jenny Scully from Young Enterprise.  The organisation aims to inspire and prepare young people to achieve their potential and succeed in business.  They achieve this through engaging young people in entrepreneurship, developing employability skills, behaviours and attitudes needed to succeed in work.  They are interested in support from business to deliver their Company Programme for students aged between 15 to 19 years who set up and run their own REAL company over one year, raise capital, plan, design and develop a product or service and sell their product.  They are also looking for support from volunteers to connect with and support the young people, funding to carry out the work or ‘in-kind’ support such as providing venue space.

If you would like any further information about our speakers or details of their presentations then please contact us.

 

 

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 Our speakers from the Business Meeting – (from Left to right) Laura Wells, Jenny Muddiman & Jenny Scully

A helping hand to Creative Support

Creative Support is a charity that provides care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health and other needs.  They asked for help to rejuvenate an allotment area for their clients to use and gain valuable skills and this is where teams from Heathrow Airport Ltd and OCS Group – Aviation Division (the airports landscape contractors) stepped in.  Volunteers from the businesses came together last week and undertook some grounds maintenance to get the allotment ready for use by clients.

A representative from Creative support said ‘The work that the team from Heathrow did was incredible, everyone worked really hard and that shows in the final result. The allotment will provide many of the service users a place to practice their gardening skills which many of them won’t have had the opportunity to do so before. The area will also provide a place of tranquillity, a place to sit and admire the plants…and maybe even enjoy some fruit and vegetables that have been planted!’

A team member from Heathrow Airport Ltd said ‘Along with invaluable support from OCS, the team from Heathrow Airport  spent the day transforming the plot from a completely overgrown large piece of land into a usable and attractive allotment, now planted with flowers, vegetables, fruit and fruit trees and building two compost bins to help with future maintenance.  The team thoroughly enjoyed the day, the sense of achievement and contribution to the local community, particularly as some of the users of the service came along in the afternoon to see what we were doing.  It was a great opportunity to bond and work as a team and to see something through to the finish.’

This employee volunteering opportunity was brokered by Slough Business Community Partnership that provides a valuable link between business and the community.  If you are a business and would like to know how you can engage with the local community then please get in touch by phoning: 01753 696958.

Point of contact: Noreen Mian

E-mail: noreen@sbcp.co.uk

19 march3The Heathrow Airport Ltd, OCS Group – Aviation Division and Creative Support teams were all lending a helping hand

SBCP Annual Review 2013

Please find attached below the Slough Community Partnership Annual Review 2013 – a summary of our activity last year.

We would like to thank all of our Members for the contributions they have made – the achievements outlined in the Review are down to the commitment and support of our members who are making a real difference in Slough.

 

SBCP Annual Review 2013

5th March 2014 – Practical Wellbeing: Supporting Business

The Slough Working Well Group delivered another successful event last week.  Partners came together to deliver an informative session on ‘Practical Wellbeing – Support for Business’, looking at the business benefits of having a healthy workforce.

Health and Wellbeing is playing an increasingly vital role in ensuring that workforces remain healthy.  In essence it’s about being proactive to prevent health issues and therefore absence arising in the first place.  Wellbeing can improve morale, reduce absence levels and stress with the long term aim of improving the general health of the workforce.  Research indicates a healthy employee is around 20% more productive than an unhealthy colleague – the equivalent to one day per week!

Rajiv Joshi from Morgan Cole opened the event by asking delegates to think about what Health & Wellbeing initiatives they had in their businesses currently.  Angela Snowling, a consultant in Public Health for Slough Borough Council, followed and gave the audience an overview of Health and Wellbeing priorities in Slough. She also gave an insight in the determinants for health and how local business can help make a difference by, for example, offering ‘fit for work’ programmes.  She also directed business to the health checks available at Montem Leisure Centre.

Helen Wray from Mars Chocolate UK shared the Company’s Wellbeing practices and said that they believe that wellbeing underpins engagement and productivity.  She went on to highlight the five key elements to their programme which include: Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing and Community Wellbeing.  She concluded that the successful components of their Health and Wellbeing strategy were: to integrate practices into organisational strategy, promote wellbeing for all, provide a healthy work environment, support associates and evaluate and involve all employees.

The last speaker was Wayne Campbell from Healthy Performance who talked about why Health and Wellbeing in business is important listing reasons such as reduction of sickness in absence costs, increased staff engagement, productivity and performance.  Ultimately, it all contributes to a business becoming a ‘great place to work’.

Thank you to all our speakers and delegates for attending and taking part.

The Slough Working Well Group was formed by SBCP and its partners include: Corporate Health, Mars Chocolate UK, Slough Borough Council, Morgan Cole, Rethink, Talking Therapies and Lambda Mediation.

If you are interested in finding out more about this event or would like to attend the next please contact bob@sbcp.co.uk or call 01753 696958.

 

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Delegates at the SWW event talk about talking about Heath & Wellbeing initiatives they have in their business

25th February – Business 2 Community Skills Event – something a bit different!

Our Business to Community Skills events are an opportunity for business representatives to ‘give back’ to the community through the transfer of their skills and knowledge.  The event provided another chance for employee volunteers to do just that, but with a slightly different twist.

We invited the Heathrow Communities Trust to come along and talk to local groups about the Heathrow Community Fund and to highlight the various funding options that the Trust provides.  The Trust is keen to see more applications to fund projects in Slough in 2014 and with the great turn out we hope that more groups will be encouraged to apply this year!

More information about the fund can be found here: http://www.airportcommunitiestrust.com/community-funds/heathrow-community-fund

To keep to the theme of ‘Business to Community Skills’ we asked two representatives from LeasePlan to come in to present in the second half of the event.  Following conversations with the Heathrow Communities Trust they identified the two areas where applications fell short and they were identified as being: Evaluation of Projects and Accurate Budget Setting.

We asked David Hirst and Nick Huntly to talk to groups about these two topics from a business perspective.  They took the groups through several exercises to help them get an understanding of the key principles that might help to secure funding from more appropriately considered applications.

All in all we had another very successful event which received some very positive feedback from attendees including: “It was very informative” and “It made me re-think how I work”.

We would like to thank our speakers for their time and support and also thank the attendees for taking part in another great event.

 

David and Nick from LeasePlan presented on the day

David and Nick from LeasePlan presented on the day