EIRA Grant Enables More Businesses To Get Energised


EIRA Grant Enables More Businesses To Get Energised

Monday, June 24, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Yellow Brick Road Solutions Ltd has been awarded an EIRA grant to support the Energise.Me project in the development of an innovative digital coaching platform, which will allow more employers to join the programme.

EIRA stands for Enabling Innovation: Research to Application and is a collaborative network of seven universities and colleges in the East of England, funded by Research England. It supports innovation in the region by providing businesses with access to academic expertise, including consultancy and collaborative research, specialist facilities and funding. As such, the EIRA grant allows us to conduct vital research into how increased energy results in increased employee productivity and business profitability.

The research project will be undertaken by Norwich Business School (NBS) at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It will be overseen by Professor Kevin Daniels, who specialises in wellbeing, health and safety in the workplace.

Kevin said: “It is well established in the scientific literature that wellbeing leads to a variety of other benefits – including enhanced workplace performance. What we need to know more about is the practical steps organisations can take to enhance wellbeing and productivity simultaneously. This research that sits alongside the Energise.Me work will contribute to providing that knowledge – and we very much look forward to working with Energise.Me.

Project ambassador and Adnams CEO Professor Andy Wood added: “This is really important and innovative work. I personally believe that there is a strong business case for great wellbeing programmes, but it is vital that employers can trust the claims made by providers about the outcomes. This project will see Energise.Me work with a variety of business and individuals to do just that. I am really pleased to support it.”

Energised businesses

The first company to sign up to the programme in early 2019 was LSI Architects, which has offices in Norwich and London. LSI has great levels of staff engagement and has already implemented a number of wellbeing initiatives including training sessions with Mind, subsidised yoga and a mentoring system. The Practice recently retained its Gold “Achieving Excellence” accreditation in the Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index and Investors in People Gold accreditation.

Read more: Meet the Energise.Me board

Ben Goode, Director at LSI Architects, comments: “This project is really exciting. Although we already offer our team members a number of different initiatives to support their wellbeing, we are always looking for more ways to do so and the deep supportive nature and comprehensive content of this programme really appealed to us. I had no hesitation in signing up and we are not short of willing volunteers to take part.”

Ian Hacon, Chief Energy Officer at Energise.Me, added: “We’ve been helping individuals – particularly business owners and leaders – to make long lasting improvements in their overall energy and wellbeing for a few years but were unable to demonstrate this in a statistically robust manner.

“I truly believe that each employee undertaking the programme saves their employers around £20,000. This is part of what we are trying to prove through the research project.

“I am delighted to be working with EIRA, our partners, UEA and some great employers to make this happen. Thank you to UEA’s Beth Sowersby for all her help with the grant process.”

Join the Energise.Me programme

High-growth offshore wind-farm company 3Sun Group have also signed up, and we’re still seeking employers or individual business owners to join the project. If you want to sign up, we need:

  1. Up to 10 willing employees who are prepared to commit around 3 hours per week for 4 months.
  2. Access to your HR team and managers from time to time, in order to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on employee progress.
  3. To monitor outcomes via simple surveys immediately before, and some months after the programme, to help us prove the long-term impact.
  4. A budget of £1,100 per employee you put forward.
  5. Your permission and collaboration on marketing and promoting the project itself and its results with the business community, press, media, trade organisations, government bodies etc.

Simply email to find out more about taking part.

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