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Celebrating success

The 2018 winners of Vitality Health's Britain's Healthiest Workplace awards have been published and we are delighted to see City businesses of a range of sizes recognised as coming top of their class, out of 130 companies UK-wide.

Congratulations to the following City businesses:
  • Nomura International Plc: "Healthiest Workplace" Winner (Large)
  • Moorhouse Consulting - "Healthiest Workplace" Highly Commended (Small) and "Healthiest New Entrant" Highly Commended (Small)
  • Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants - "Most improved workplace" Highly Commended (Small)
  • Gerald Eve LLP - "Healthiest New Entrant" Winner (Medium)
  • Unum - "Most improved workplace" Highly Commended (Medium)
Full details of the winners can be found in the Financial Times' "Health at Work" Special Report 2019. Findings from data collected through Britain's Healthiest Workplace are available here and look at individual issues, such as productivity and engagement, mental health, physical health and lifestyle, women in the workplace and interventions offered by organisations.

Companies demonstrating best practice have another opportunity to be recognised for their efforts, by entering this year's Sustainable City Awards

From the smallest of grassroots groups to the biggest multinationals, the Sustainable City Awards celebrate the best examples of innovation and good practice, for a smarter, healthier and more environmentally-friendly world. The awards are free to enter and there's no charge to attend the awards ceremony. The five award categories include:
  • Healthier Places
  • Smart Technology
  • Innovative Spaces
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Managing Resources
More information about the Sustainable City Awards and how to apply can be found here. You can read about previous winners and shortlisted entrants here and here.

The best investment you'll ever make

One in five people in the capital don't earn a wage they can live on.

That's why the City of London Corporation is encouraging companies in the Square Mile to join over 100 Financial and Professional Services businesses who have already signed up to pay the London Living Wage, by launching a campaign that reminds them that paying people well isn't just good for them - it's good for business, too.

Visit to find out why investing in our people is investing in our City.
Quote of the week:
"Financial wellbeing is not superficial; it is a mile wide and a mile deep. Just focusing on one area, like debt, will not get the job done and financial worry will continue...With the rise of defined contribution pensions, increasing longevity and ongoing difficult economic times, more people than ever now worry about money and almost everyone worries about money at some time in their lives” - Jeanette Makings, Head of Financial Education at Close Brothers, introduces Close Brothers' inaugural Financial Wellbeing Index of UK employees

Dragon Cafe in the City - this Wednesday

The next Dragon Cafe in the City is running on Wednesday 27 February, in Shoe Lane Library (1 Little New Street, EC4A 3JR). Dragon Cafe in the City provides stressed-out City workers with a unique opportunity to release the pressure from day-to-day life through engaging in free creative activities and is a great (and free!) service to signpost your employees to.

This Wednesday's session includes:
  • Journalling for mental health
  • Mini massage
  • Yoga
  • How better listening skills make us happier at work
  • Calligraphy
  • DIY Sauerkraut workshop
...and more. A free and healthy lunch, snacks and refreshments are available to visitors.

Please download posters of the programme here and circulate within your workplace. Visit for more information.

Dragon Cafe in the City can be found by typing in "Dragon Cafe in the City" into Google Maps or Citymapper.

On your marks...


The Business Healthy Challenge is returning for this year's National Walking Month in May. It's a free, Square Mile-wide physical activity challenge for City workers, sponsored by Nomura and supported by Living Streets and Public Health England London.
The Challenge focuses on encouraging City workers - no matter their current levels of activity - to try new things and offering them opportunities and incentives to build more physical activity into their daily routines, helping to foster long-term habits. It's also a great way to increase team-working and participants can win some health prizes for their efforts.

It couldn't be easier for your organisation to get involved. Register your interest here and we will send you more information, as well as promotional materials.

Love your work

Check out our feature on the Heart of the City website, looking at "Why employers should support health and wellbeing", as part of Heart of the City's focus on "Love your work". Heart of the City is the UK's largest responsible small business network, but works with businesses of all sizes. It supports businesses in London to develop their corporate social responsibility (CSR) approaches.

While we're on this subject, Henry Stewart - Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Ltd - has written a blog post for Business Healthy on how organisations can help their staff to be happy. This article focuses on the relationship between line managers and their reportees as a key opportunity.

Last chance: Free "Menopause Masterclass" for City HR leads

Celebrate International Women's Day, by joining us for a free "Menopause Masterclass", taking place on Thursday 7 March, 8am - 10am at UBS's offices.

This masterclass will be led by Dr Theodora Kalentzis - a City-based GP specialising in menopause and will aim to provide HR leads from organisations across the Square Mile with information on the physical, mental and social impact of menopause, as well as practical steps organisations can take to support their staff experiencing symptoms, and raise awareness among the wider workforce.

The session will be split into three parts, covering the following areas:
  • Let's talk about menopause: how does it affect women (and not only women)?
  • Menopause at work: why should it matter for employers?
  • Steps forward: What can employers do to help? (interactive session)
  • Q&A
Breakfast and networking opportunities will be available and the session is open to any HR lead in the City - including men! Places are limited and filling up fast, so book sooner rather than later - visit the Eventbrite page here.

Date: Thursday 7 March (the day before International Women's Day)
Time: 8am - 10am
Venue: UBS AG, 5 Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS

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Business Healthy is funded and delivered by the City of London Corporation's Public Health team, supporting the City Corporation's statutory obligations to ensure the health and wellbeing of the almost half a million people who work in the Square Mile each day.

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