Businesses across East Sussex have been recognised for their commitment to healthier workplaces at the second annual Wellbeing at Work Awards Conference and Awards Ceremony.


Over 30 businesses from across the county came together earlier this month to recognise and celebrate their commitment to developing healthier and happier workforces.

The awards programme works with employers and provides an accreditation scheme for businesses to help boost the health and wellbeing of employees. The scheme is run by the county council’s Public Health team.


Two local businesses, Servomex and Affinity Select Insurance Services Ltd, were awarded with Gold Awards at the event held in Eastbourne on Thursday, February 8.

Julie Burridge, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Servomex, said: “We are delighted to have received the Gold Wellbeing at Work Award.  Servomex have worked hard over many years to create a culture where the health and wellbeing of our employees is the most important priority.”

The businesses are the first in East Sussex to reach the gold standard in the healthier workplaces programme.

Jenny Carter-Vaughan, Managing Director at Affinity Select Insurance Services Limited, said: “Health and Wellbeing is an important part of who we are and what we do, so we were delighted to get involved with the Awards. The whole team got involved and worked to make this a success, so the Gold Award is a big achievement for everyone who works in the business.”

Silver and Bronze

At the awards ceremony seven businesses were also presented with Silver Awards, and 15 received Bronze Awards.

In addition, 12 Commitment Awards were given out to organisations who have joined the scheme and pledged to improve health and wellbeing in their workplaces.

Wellbeing at Work programme

The Wellbeing at Work programme was launched by the county council in 2021.

To achieve awards, companies must complete a set of criteria that introduce policies and initiatives which focus on embedding practices that promote and support workplace health and wellbeing.

The Wellbeing at Work programme is open to any business, from any industry, that employs one or more person.

Why is wellbeing at work important?

We spend a huge proportion of our time at work, so employers play a key role in contributing to the health of the workforce, and in turn the health of the organisation itself.

Improving the mental and physical wellbeing in a workplace is more important than people realise.

Investing in employee wellbeing through an awards scheme such as Wellbeing at Work can improve employee morale, motivation and productivity. It may also reduce absenteeism and turnover and the associated costs.

Interested? Want to find out more?

Businesses can find out more online, including details of accredited organisations, available resources, upcoming events and how to sign up.

Once registered, businesses are provided with a welcome pack and supporting criteria handbook, with a step-by-step guide on the accreditation process and a ‘how to’ implement the criteria framework.

The Wellbeing at Work team also offer bespoke 1-1 guidance and advice to ensure that workplaces are supported on their journey to accreditation.

Read about previous award winners and their accreditation journey in our article about last year’s award ceremony.