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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

Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Employee Feedback

"I am lucky to work for an organisation whose management has whole-heartedly supported me throughout the process of obtaining the Healthy Workplace Awards.  The Directors have never said ‘no’ and it is great to know that my employer is interested in everyone’s well-being at work.  Not only have they approved my initiatives but they have also led by example and joined in some of them too.  They have committed, what are for us, scarce resources and agreed more flexible working policies as well as offering support to staff who may struggle with work or with personal problems through solid employment policies and management techniques"- Louise Mallas, YMCA Cornwall

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