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Investing in the health of your employees – can you afford not to? - 15th July 2015

How creating a healthier work environment can help both your team and your business

The cost of physical inactivity in England, including the direct costs of treatment for major lifestyle-related diseases and the indirect costs caused through sickness absence, has been estimated at £8.2 billion a year.

Physical activity programmes at work have been found to reduce sickness absence by up to 20% with physically active workers taking 27% fewer sick days.

This joint event from Liverpool & Sefton Chambers and health@work ( took place on 15 July 2015 and explored ways in which organisations can introduce some simple measures to encourage all staff to increase their physical activity, whatever their level of fitness, as well as the overall business benefits that can be realised.

Speakers from Merseytravel, Merseyside Sports Partnership, Giant Liverpool, Merseyrail (bike and go) and Liverpool City Council (city bike) covered a range of practical ideas including cycle to work and cycle hire schemes, the Workplace Challenge and more general advice on the support available.

Forty five businesses attended the event and some of the feedback is below:

“I didn't expect to learn as much as I did, and I've passed on the slides to our management team to see what actions they wish to take.”

“An excellent event.”

“The presentation allowed me to have a think about ways to get our employees more active and clever ways to support them – being a small business with only 20 or so staff it was very interesting and gave me lots to think about.”

For more details see a copy of the presentations here or contact the Chamber’s Sustainable Business Advisor.

As the cost of commuting increases what can employers do to ease the pain?


Commuting costs are a necessary expense which most of us cannot avoid. As a key consideration for both existing employees and those seeking work, targeted measures can offer a solution that can help to reduce those costs, giving employers more opportunities to attract and retain the best people for the job!

Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce held a breakfast briefing on 15 October 2015 in partnership with Merseytravel, to highlight the range of support available and identify some simple measures you can introduce in your organisation.  

The session covered:

  • How to raise awareness – a key barrier can often be a simple lack of awareness amongst both employers and potential employees of the schemes and support available.
  • Information and advice on the existing schemes funded by central and local government, including free travel tickets and bikes
  • How offering travel benefits is one low-cost way that employers can support staff who may be facing difficulties in meeting the increasing expense of transport

There were presentations from Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach, Liverpool City Council and the Chamber which looked at options including corporate season ticket loans and corporate membership of schemes like city car club and the city bike cycle hire scheme.

Feedback from those attending the event:

“I found the event interesting and took away new information that I can pass on to businesses.”

“It was good to hear about the different schemes the travel operators offer and we will be looking into some of these to see if they will work with us as a small organisation so our employees that use public transport can benefit.”

For more details contact the Chamber’s Sustainable Business Advisor.

    For more information on upcoming briefings/workshops call us today on 0151 227 1234.