• 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.

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.

Working Well Early Help Programme

The Working Well Early Help programme offers free personalised support and advice to members of your workforce who have a disability or health condition, on:

  • Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
  • Assistance in work
  • Workplace adjustments
  • Skills, education and training

Call 0300 456 8107, email workingwellearlyhelp@maximusuk.co.uk or visit Working Well Early Help for more information about the programme.


Fully funded training and events hosted by the Business Growth Hub - Events.

If you are interested in accessing training for your workforce we can talk you through the funded training packages currently available. Please call 0161 253 6535 or email investin@bury.gov.uk for more information. 

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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.

Travel Choices is offering grants to businesses for schemes which encourage employees to make sustainable travel choices. Whether you want to build bike storage facilities at your premises so staff can cycle to work, put in an electric vehicle charging point or run an event to promote sustainable travel to staff, you can apply for up to £10,000 to make it happen Archive TfGM - Sustainable Travel Grants.

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.

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.

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.