Workplace Wellbeing & its Impact on Productivity

Date: Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Time: 04:30 PM - 07:15 PM
Location: Alliance Manchester Business School (online also available), Booth Street West, Manchester, M15 6PB
Cost: Free
SME Club

Join us at the re-launch & re-fresh of the University of Manchester Scale-Up Forum, delivered in partnership with pro-manchester SME Club

The Scale-Up Forum is a peer-to-peer network for ambitious scaling up businesses in Greater Manchester. It gives businesses at all stages of the scale up journey the opportunity to share experiences, challenges and lessons learnt for mutual business benefit. After two years of online-only events we are hosting the first Forum event of 2022 in-person and bigger than ever, all welcome.

At our annual review of 2021 in December the most popular theme proposed for an event theme in the 2022 series was workplace wellbeing, particularly how this relates to productivity. Professor Sir Cary Cooper is an internationally renowned author and speaker on the subject and we are delighted to have him deliver a keynote talk as we launch the 2022 Forum event series.

Cary will be joined by Alexia Roberts, Head of People, Bruntwood,  Zak Fenton, Founder of Bloom AI and Maria Mander - Health & Wellbeing Specialist - The Growth Company


For guests attending in-person at Alliance Manchester Business School there will be welcome refreshments and networking from 4:30pm, before the lecture starts at 5pm. This will be followed by drinks and canapés from 6:15pm.

For those unable to attend in person the lecture will be streamed live.

Business Engagement & Knowledge Exchange (BEKE) at The University of Manchester

The BEKE team supporting business innovation by facilitating collaboration between academic researcher and non-academic partners, finding ways for our academic expertise to address business and societal challenges through co-produced research, consultancy, facilities sharing and knowledge exchange programmes.

The Scale Up Forum was launched in 2018 to provide a platform for businesses to share experiences and learn from each other and to gain insights from our experts across a range of academic disciplines.

Seed-Funding competition

We recognise that early stage work is often the most challenging when trying to establish effective partnerships for research and development, as such we’re launching a competition to kick-start projects that could address your business needs.

Following the event the BEKE team invite business to pitch specific challenges on themes relating to scaling your business that could be addressed via an academic research project. Four seed funding awards of £5000 will be made to cover researcher time for developing project plans, this could support a feasibility or scoping study that could be developed into a longer term collaboration if successful. The BEKE team will be available on the day to discuss ideas and provide guidance, and will support any businesses with suitable challenges in submitting a project brief, submissions will be required by March 31st with successful projects confirmed by April 15th to be delivered May-August.

Find out more about the Scale-Up Forum here.

About the Speakers:

Zak Fenton Founder - Alltoogether
Alltoogether founder Zak Fenton brings his extensive knowledge and experience in insurance brokerage together with his love of technology, to empower businesses to make smart, data-driven and evidence-based employee wellbeing and benefits decisions.
By combining insurance brokerage with a free-to-use employee benefits platform, Zak and Alltoogether are providing a simple solution that is affordable for SME’s, significantly reduces admin tasks for employers, and allows employees to see and understand their total benefits package
Alexia Roberts Head of People - Bruntwood

Bruntwood is a property company specialising in workspace, retail, and leisure destinations in both the commercial and life science/tech/digital sectors across the UK. With over fifteen years of experience, Alexia leads People Services that span across Strategy & Culture, Wellbeing & Engagement, People Operations, People Partnering, Talent Development & Talent Attraction.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health - Alliance Manchester Business School

Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, Cary is a world leading expert on workers’ health and well-being. He is President of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development in the UK and Co-founder of Robertson Cooper. He co-founded The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work in 2015, which is focussed on improving workplace wellbeing in the UK and globally.

Maria Mander Health & Wellbeing Specialist - Mander Welllbeing

Maria Mander is a renowned Wellbeing, DEI & Culture Consultant with over six years of expertise in delivering transformative wellbeing strategies. As the founder of Mander Wellbeing, Maria specialises in developing positive work environments that enhance employee health, engagement, and productivity. With a holistic approach and a wealth of experience, Maria offers invaluable insights into creating high-performing workforces for the future.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

For any further enquires about this event, contact [email protected]

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