• Workforce Projects

    A strong workforce is the backbone of any business and their biggest asset

There is strong evidence to show how improving the health of your workforce can reduce sickness absence, lower staff turnover and boost productivity, which is good for your business, your employees and the wider economy.

All great employers recognise that a strong workforce is the backbone of any business and their biggest asset.

How can you support your employees?

There are many projects and opportunities, which are free, to help you support your employees.

Improve the Health and Wellbeing of your Workforce

Bury Council's Health and Employment Officer can support you to improve the health and wellbeing of your workforce. Support may include:

  • Helping you to communicate key information to your staff.
  • Supporting you to consult with your employees.
  • Reviewing and adjusting your return to work procedures.
  • Introducing your business to support services, including active travel, mental health, debt, housing and lifestyle support.
  • Supporting you to achieve accreditations and recognition relating to the health and wellbeing of your employees.

Become a Disability Confident Organisation

The Disability Confident scheme could help you maximise the success and benefits of employing disabled people. The scheme is voluntary and free to register.

Benefits of the scheme may include helping you to access a wider pool of talent, reducing staff turnover, helping you to reduce sickness absence and secure highly skilled and motivated employees. 

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - Skills Support for the Workforce in Greater Manchester

The programme will work with you and support your business growth plans by identifying and implementing your learning and development needs, to address your immediate and future skills needs.

interesting fact

One of Bury's most famous residents was Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and founder of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Wider Support and Awards

Transport for Greater Manchester

You can access a range of exclusive benefits and practical support, to encourage sustainable commuting and business travel, by signing up to the Transport for Greater Manchester's free Business Travel Network.

The Lifestyle Service

Providing free and personalised support to your employees to improve their health and wellbeing.

The support, which is tailored to the individual's needs, may include healthy eating, weight management, tackling alcohol dependency, stop smoking and much more.

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter

The Charter provides you with a clear and simple guide on how to make the workplace a supportive and productive environment where your employees can flourish.

Greater Manchester Fit For Work Service

Fit for work can help you to support people in your workforce with health conditions and reduce sickness absence.

Employers can refer employees, who have been out of work for two weeks or more, for a free fit for work assessment.

Access to Work

Employees within your workforce, who have a disability, health or mental health condition, may be able to receive the Access to Work grant.

This grant can help individuals starting work, to stay in work or move into self-employment or start a business.

Become a Healthier Caterer

The Greater Manchester Healthier Catering Award recognises catering businesses that have a national Food Hygiene score of 3, or more and have demonstrated a commitment to reducing the level of saturated fat, sugar and salt in their food and drinks.

The award, which is a three tier award, encourages caterers and chefs, from restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways to provide healthier options to their customers.

Help with childcare costs for working parents

Working parents can access 30 hours childcare for their 3 & 4 year olds and Tax Free Childcare, Tax/Universal Credits or Childcare Vouchers for their children aged 0-12 (or 16 if the child has a disability). Direct your employees to the Childcare Choices website to find out more.