A former boxer has added his first nationwide business award to a roll of honour which includes a Commonwealth lightweight title and a world championship eliminator at the iconic Madison Square Garden.
Tommy Coyle said recognition in The Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards is an early pinnacle in a second career which he launched in readiness for retiring from the ring in 2019. He also promised there will be more to come from the winning partnership between his Coyle Health and Wellbeing and renewable energy giant Siemens Gamesa.
He said: “These awards are all about the future. They were only launched last year in recognition of the need to improve workplace wellbeing standards, and we entered because we’ve been doing that as a team since 2018. It’s great to make an impact nationally.”
Presented at Grosvenor House, London, attracting heavyweight contenders including the Bank of England, KFC, Royal Mail Group, Investec and Capital One, the Best Physical Initiative accolade came back to Hull. It involves more than 700 workers at the blade plant and wind turbine assembly operations in Hull.
Andy Sykes, plant director, said: “We’re thrilled for all involved to win the award. We looked at a number of national health and wellbeing providers and we chose Coyle Health and Wellbeing because we knew they would connect immediately with our team. We see the difference the partnership is making every day, and this award is a symbol of that.
“We put the programme forward for these awards – it’s unique and we can see the benefits it is bringing to our colleagues not just at work, but at home too, through providing the wellbeing education, support and tools our employees need to make small, healthy lifestyle changes.”
Siemens Gamesa and Coyle Health and Wellbeing extended their partnership in March last year with a new four-year deal which sees Tommy and his team delivering a package of activities designed to transform the lifestyles of the workforce.
Tommy spent 18 months researching the company and its employees before launch, focusing on the pillars of move well, eat well, think well and sleep well.
It features on-site fitness classes, full gym access to total conditioning classes, health checks, factory and office walk-arounds, group activities and smoothie mornings.
The deal included a commitment to further development, with an app developed with fellow Hull firm Sauce.
It comes as Tommy looks forward to the summer opening of a fourth Coyle Health and Wellbeing gym, a state-of-the-art facility at Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle.
Tommy said: “We’re showing with the programme at Siemens Gamesa, the app and now this award that we’re working at the highest level and delivering great results with the potential to do even more.
“We’ve found Siemens Gamesa to be a progressive employer, 100 per cent supportive of the wellbeing of their workforce, and we’re so pleased that they decided to go for this award because it shows the amount of confidence and pride that they have in our project and our partnership.
“Our success at Siemens Gamesa and our recognition at these awards proves that we have a model which works for the biggest businesses. We are in discussions now about working with new clients but any expansion will be gradual, ensuring that careful management and attention to detail are at the heart of everything we do.”
Also on patch, Yorkshire Building Society took the Best Fianncial Wellbeing Initiative award, with Humberside Police recognised for Best Mental Initiative.