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The 2017 Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards campaign is launched this month – with a new award category that recognises workplace mental health. In what is believed to be a first for business awards, TVBMA will recognise companies and organisations that understand that good mental health matters in the workplace.
Supported by the Cardinal Clinic, the private mental health clinic in Windsor, and Brighter Berkshire, an initiative which helps to reduce stigma about mental health and improve local opportunities, the award is endorsed by Berkshire MPs such as Richard Benyon and Alok Sharma.
Alison Foster of Brighter Berkshire said: “We are so pleased that The Business Magazine Awards are supporting mental health this year – 2017 is the year of mental health and there is a great deal of focus on it, with Prince Harry, among others, publicly discussing the issue.
“We want to recognise those employers that take the issue seriously. For instance, those who send key staff on a mental first-aid course, or who have policies in place to support stress and depression.”
Awards chairman David Murray said: “We are proud to be providing a platform for this important issue. Good employers understand that, apart from supporting the individuals involved, they can improve productivity in their company by having robust policies in place. We hope to be able to recognise some of the best employer practices out there.”
Now in its 23rd year, TVBMA is the longest-running multi-category awards scheme in the region. The event will be held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Madejski Stadium, Reading, on Thursday, November 16.
Law firm Gateley plc; digital infrastructure provider CityFibre; managed communications specialist BtL; and Peter Brett Associates, the independent practice of engineers, planners, scientists and economists, have joined the line-up of sponsors for this year’s TVBMA.
The categories in full:
The supported charity this year is Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
To book your table for this prestigious black-tie event, email Libby Sharp at email@example.com. Tables of 10 are £1,700 ex VAT and include a three-course dinner, half bottle of wine per person, plus drinks reception. Individual tickets are £180 ex VAT each.
Our special guests
Jon Culshaw, the renowned impressionist with a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations, is the special guest at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards on November 16.
Culshaw first made international headlines in 1998 by calling the switchboard at Number 10 Downing Street and fooling the operators with his impression of William Hague. He has worked on Dead Ringers, Spitting Image, The Royal Variety Performance and numerous other TV and radio shows.
Our presenter for the evening is Louise Hulland, award-winning journalist who has worked for BBC and ITN and produced two highly-acclaimed documentaries on the death of Amy Winehouse.
Oxford Innovation has replaced VitalSix as the operator of the Business Growth Hub service for Berkshire. The service aims to help growing SMEs.
An economic report released by Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has reiterated the significant role of the Berkshire economy in contributing to national economic growth, now and in the future.
Rural businesses across the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP area can now access £720,000 of funding being made available to grow companies and create jobs in rural communities. The LEP is inviting owners of new and established businesses based in rural Berkshire to find out more about how they can apply for a share of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
Brighter Berkshire, the community-led initiative which aims to reduce stigma and improve everyone’s mental health, is calling for the region’s businesses to transform the way we manage mental health in the county. One in four adults in the UK currently has a mental health problem, affecting the lives of tens of millions of people. The OECD has put the economic cost to the UK as between £70 billion and £100b a year.
Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has reacted positively to the government’s decision to award the LEP £35.56m in the latest round of Local Growth Fund (LGF) bidding. The funding will be invested into seven projects focused on enhancing connectivity across Berkshire; the prioritisation of these schemes was derived from a forward planning process, lasting over a year.