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Proper Cornish Group

Cornish Food Manufacturing Group across 2 sites in Bodmin and Redruth

What we do:

At Proper Cornish we are passionate about quality pastry filled with great tasting ingredients, made properly in Cornwall, for people who love food.  Since 1988 our purpose has made us the UK’s leading handmade Cornish Pasty Manufacturer and experts in filled savoury pastry products.  As a supplier of pasties, sausage rolls, slices and pies our products have excited appetites nationwide.

At Furniss we have been crafting quality biscuits using perfected recipes since 1886.  Today we bake as we have always done, in Cornwall using timely recipes, quality sourced ingredients, driven by the history of John Cooper Furniss over 130 years ago.  Furniss is now the only Company in the world licensed to make the Original Cornish Fairing TM which is available nationwide alongside our gingerbread, shortbread, oat biscuits and our ginger range.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

With a large team of colleagues across two sites and all of us spending up to 50% of our waking hours at work we wanted to increase engagement, raise awareness, remove barriers and make various health and wellbeing activities more accessible for all.  The Healthy Workplace framework has been an integral part of achieving this; making the concept of a healthy workplace being embedded as the norm, an actual reality.

Recent health and well being activities:

Health and Wellbeing Code Sign up included at induction
Increased communication channels
Signed up to Sugar Smart
On site Yoga
Healthy Weight and Eating workshops – individual and team successes
Mental Health Awareness on line training for managers
Mental Health First Aiders fully trained and in place
Charity activities to raise money for a defibrillator for our industrial estate
A proactive focus on MSK
Encouraging colleagues to stay hydrated/ drink more water through Sugar Smart promotions and ensuring water coolers are accessible to all.

 

 

 

Success Story:

The Health and Wellbeing workshops in relation to Healthy Weight and Healthy Eating have been a great success and have resulted in a number of people making simple lifestyle choices which have made a big impact on their health and wellbeing.
One real success story relates to one of our Hygiene Operatives. This individual was drinking 3 cans of coke a day before she attended the workshop and when reviewing her food diary she discovered none of her food choices fell into the recommended food wheel which consists of fruit and veg, starchy carbs, dairy/ dairy alternatives, and proteins, and were therefore providing no nutritional benefit at all.
Our Hygiene Operative felt the workshops she attended were well run and that no-one was singled out or made to feel awkward, but instead useful information was provided and the weigh in resulted in a motivation which she hadn’t had previously.
As a result of the 1st workshop and her sheer determination, she cut down from 3 cans of coke a day to consuming only one can of coke during the whole 12 week period, which is a massive achievement. She also reviewed her intake of food and now all her food choices fall within the food wheel with only the odd treat falling outside it.

"Colleague Health and Wellbeing is extremely important to us at Proper Cornish and Furniss.  We now have a number of initiatives fully embedded into the Company which now feel like the norm to us.  We are fully aware that Health and Wellbeing needs to be a continuous focus for the Company and we are all fully committed to this.    The development of our Health and Wellbeing team and our drive to ensure health and wellbeing is achievable for all our 240 colleagues, has helped to further promote this commitment.  We are absolutely delighted with our gold award and will continue to work hard in order to maintain this high level."  Chris Pauling - Managing Director

- Director
Staff Engagement

Companies with higher levels of staff engagement have 13% lower staff turnover and less than half the UK average sickness absence.

Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

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