Wrexham-based kitchen supplier BK Nolte Contracts has received the Bronze Award in the Small Workplace Health Award scheme (SWHA).
The SWHA scheme is part of the Welsh Government programme ‘Healthy Working Wales’ and is recognised as the quality mark for health and well-being at work.
The award focuses on improving health and well-being to help people stay in, or return to, work after a period of ill health.
The bronze level acknowledges small workforces that address health and safety procedures and musculoskeletal disorders – the most common occupational illness in the UK. Companies that achieve the bronze level must also be assessed on various ‘healthy lifestyle’ topics.
A statement from the scheme said: “There is an outstanding strong culture of well-being at BK Nolte Contracts, from the managing director, Bob Ruler, to all staff. There is proof that the MD has a strong commitment to employee health and well-being.
“Staff are highly valued at this organisation and there is a large investment in the training of employees. Georgina Jones took the lead on the Small Workplace Health Award and did an excellent job in bringing everything together. She was assisted in this instance by colleagues Laura Millington and Lamona Parry.
“The company encourages physical activity and have had several ongoing initiatives – they have had employees running for charity in the Chester Marathon, plus other in-house fund-raising activities. BK Nolte Contracts’ chosen charity is The Teenage Cancer Trust. They also run a Bike to Work scheme. All staff were involved in the British Heart Foundation ‘Reddy’ week. Everyone at BKNC is very aware of the benefits of physical activity from the directors all the way down the line.
“The company’s Health and Safety is second to none thanks to Paul Rutter, Georgina Jones and Zoe Hopson, who all do an extremely good job.
BKNC’s Ruler commented: “Having demonstrated that we meet the standard to be presented with the Bronze Award, it is our intention to take things one step further and to proceed to the Silver level and ultimately Gold. We take the well-being of our staff very seriously and do our utmost to make sure that everyone has everything they need to ensure a safe, healthy and happy working environment.”
To achieve the Silver award, companies need to meet three core component ‘topics’, including managing pressure and stress, and two healthy lifestyle topics. To be awarded the Gold level, an organisation needs to have achieved the requirements of both the Bronze and Silver awards, as well as three final topics, including environmental awareness and the two remaining healthy lifestyle topics.