Caitlin Iley

British Safety Council funding given to HandsHQ to support SME workplace wellbeing

By Callie Iley | 08 November 2023 | Business, News

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Health and safety software company, HandsHQ, has become the latest beneficiary of the British Safety Council‘s Keep Thriving initiative to expand mental health support, and offer business and life coaching to its employees.

After the attendance of a three-hour workshop helping SMEs develop a wellbeing strategy and proposals for their businesses, HandsHQ and other attendees were invited to apply for 12 months’ funding from the British Safety Council via its Keep Thriving Initiative.

The initiative provides funding of up to £10,000 as part of its campaign to enhance worker wellbeing both within and outside the workplace, allowing HandsHQ to expand the mental health support on offer to its employees. The British Safety Council expects to award further funding to other organisations in the future.

British Safety Council’s wellbeing development executive, Cat Mendes, awarding co-founder & CEO of HandsHQ, Jamie Carruthers, with the Keep Thriving funding.

Jamie Carruthers

Jamie Carruthers, co-founder & CEO of HandsHQ, comments: “We are delighted to receive this funding, as we are all increasingly aware of the importance of employee wellbeing. So, we are grateful to the British Safety Council for this support. As a small start-up, we have to be conscious of balancing budgets across departments. Our continued wellbeing campaigns will allow us to retain and attract more talent as the tech industry is so competitive.

“This funding will also help us to promote good wellbeing practices to others and continuously improve our own knowledge, helping us to be recognised as not just leaders in health and safety software but also our own wellbeing practices.”

Mike Robinson

Of the funding award, Mike Robinson, British Safety Council chief executive, says: “I am excited and proud that, as a charity, British Safety Council is supporting small organisations in this way, and delighted that HandsHQ will now benefit. Even a modest amount of funding can make a huge difference to employers who lack the HR and financial resources of larger companies for such a worthwhile use.

HandsHQ showed in their application that it would use this money in creative and imaginative ways, but also that it would measure, evaluate and track the impact of its activities carefully, that it is listening to its staff in order to develop its multi-year plan and that it fits with their strategic needs, as well as those of British Safety Council. We look forward to working with HandsHQ as it progresses on its wellbeing journey and hearing how it gets on with implementing its plan over the coming months.”