1st to Win Healthy Workplace Award

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas congratulates Dawn Nickels of 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance on being the first Portsmouth business to gain the Wellbeing Workplace Charter’s national accreditation following their successful completion of the Council’s programme. 

There is strong evidence from the World Health Organisation and other leading research bodies to show that having a healthy workforce can reduce sickness absence, lower staff turnover and boost productivity.  The Government recognised the health benefits and the value to the economy of healthy workplaces through the launch in 2014 of Public Health England’s Workplace Wellbeing Charter. It provides a standardised national accreditation programme, recognising local businesses that have demonstrated their commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

Portsmouth City Council’s Public Health team now offer any size or type of workplace the support and guidance they need to become registered and accredited as a healthy workplace under this scheme and they are delighted to announce 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance as the first business in the City to achieve this accreditation through their programme.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care commented:

‘Well done to 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance on their accreditation. We’re delighted to see the first businesses to achieve this accreditation now coming through our programme. We believe that increasing the number of healthy workplaces in the City will be good for the health of Portsmouth people and the productivity of our businesses. It’s a win win.’

Dawn Nickels from 1st Choice High Level Cleaning and Maintenance was delighted with the award as well.  

‘We are very proud to be the first business in the City to come through the Council’s programme and achieve the Health and Wellbeing Charter accreditation. We are not complacent and are committed to continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of our workforce.’