The health and wellbeing of staff is increasingly at the top of businesses' agendas across the Stockton Borough, with a range of businesses achieving the Better Health At Work Award.
The North East Better Health at Work Award recognises the efforts of local employers to address health issues within the workplace.
Virgin Media secured 'continuing excellence' status, which is the highest level a business can achieve.
Meanwhile, E-Learning Safety Passport Limited, a local training company based in Stockton, has gained 'gold' status in the latest round of assessments - with a host of other organisations securing 'bronze', 'silver' and 'continuing excellence' status.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: "Stockton Council has supported a number of organisations to achieve the various grades of the Better Health At Work Award, which demonstrates local businesses' commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of their employees.
"The staff-led system of identifying health issues and addressing them through health improvement campaigns and activities really works to promote a healthier and happier workplace.
"I'm particularly pleased to learn that Stockton Council itself has successfully achieved 'bronze' status and will be working towards a 'silver' grade in the New Year."
The other Stockton-based employers currently holding the awards are:
- Clipper Logistics Ltd - Bronze
- SPIE Ltd - Bronze
- KP Snacks Teesside - Bronze
- Tata Global Beverages - Bronze
- SABIC Innovative Plastics - Silver
- Caterpillar Stockton - Silver " Catalyst - Silver
- Tees Valley YMCA - Silver
- Virgin Media - Continuing Excellence
- Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies - Ongoing Continuing Excellence
- Department of Work and Pensions - Ongoing Continuing Excellence
- HM Revenue & Customs - Ongoing Continuing Excellence
- VOPAK Teesside Terminal Ltd - Ongoing Continuing Excellence
The North East Better Health At Work Award is a partnership between the Northern Trades Union Congress (TUC), all 12 North East councils and their Directors of Public Health.
It is free, flexible and open to all employers in the North East - regardless of their size, location or type of business.
To find out more about the Better Health At Work Award and how your business can get involved, contact Stockton Council's Environmental Health service on 01642 526575 or [email protected]
General information on the award scheme is also available at www.betterhealthatworkne.org