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Francis Clark LLP

Largest independent firm of chartered accountants in the South West

What we do:

Our main services are accounting, auditing, tax, corporate finance, business recovery, payroll and VAT.  Areas of expertise include agriculture, solicitors, medical, leisure & tourism, charities and education.  We also have a separate financial planning company.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

We wanted to bring together and build on all the good things that we were already doing. Working towards the Cornwall Healthy Workplace Award has enabled us to do this and we now have something that we can celebrate which recognises our achievement.  Over the years we have taken part in many activities and in 2012 Anthony Meehan set up our running club.  2015 has seen us set up our Health and Wellbeing programme.  This has included the creation of the role of Health & Wellbeing champion.  We now have 10 champions across the firm who have received training.  In addition, a new section on our Intranet dedicated to this area has enabled us to pull together everything that we have been doing in one place and to share this across our offices.

Recent health and well being activities:

Introduction of Health & Wellbeing Champions & Committee

ROC 5k

Tuff Enuff

Cornwall Beach Games

Business Sports Day

Get Active Cornwall Challenge

Cricket team

Team-building afternoon at Bishops Forum

Introduction of more flexible working

Rainbow Run

Sports water bottles provided for all employees

Opening of new staff room on National Stress Awareness day

Running Club

Inter-office cycle ride

Staff survey

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Bake-off Challenge

Christmas jumper day and Christmas party

Working Days Lost

According to HSE, 36 million days were lost in 2008 as a result of work-related ill health or workplace injury. The worst performing organisations lost an average of 12 working days per employee [CBI/AXA].


A reduction in cost of advertising and agency fees attest to the fact fewer people leave the company and that candidates now approach Ginsters direct as they are seen as an employer of choice.  Number of applicants in 2005 = 2481, in 2006 = 3641 and in 2008 = 3764.  Advertising costs reduced from £50,743 in 2005 to £33,805 in 2007 and £18,126 in 2008. 

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