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We have an extensive range of vacancies with clients for candidates in a wide range of industry areas across the UK, Europe and Globally.

We have placed exceptional candidates in HSEQ, CSR and Sustainability jobs since 1986. Our enviable reputation in the industry and knowledge of our market provides solutions across the globe. 

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    posted about 1 month ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Inside Safety - Pandemic Reflections 12 months on Webinar

    During the first pandemic, we undertook a series of interviews with Health and Safety Leaders to understand their thoughts and tailored approaches to leading Safety within the 'New Normal'. From these interviews we produced four key documents which we released to our community.   One year on, we invited four of these Leaders to join us to discuss if any predictions became reality, the continued impact on their organisations and what the future holds for the health and safety sector. Our panel of H&S Leaders consisted of: Richard Byrne - Group Director, HSE & Fleet at Travis Perkins Louise Ward - Health, Safety and Environment Director at Siemens Andrew Cavanagh - Chief Risk, Safety and Programmes Officer at Co Op Amanda Owen MBE - Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director at Heathrow And was hosted by our Director Josh Huggins. Watch the video below!

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    posted 2 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Inside Safety - Pandemic reflections 12 months on webinar - June 9th at 13:00

    During the first pandemic, we undertook a series of interviews in collaboration with Health and Safety Leaders to understand their thoughts and tailored approaches to leading Safety within the 'New Normal'. From these interviews we produced four key documents which we released to our community (in the comments below).    One year on, we have invited four of these Leaders to join us to discuss if any predictions became reality, the continued impact on their organisations and what the future holds for the health and safety sector. Please join us on June 9th at 13:00 for an interactive panel discussion with four prominent Health and Safety Leaders discussing the impact of Covid-19 within their organisations, along with their predictions for the next 12 months. Our panel of Health and Safety Leaders consists of: ✔ Richard Byrne - Group Director, HSE & Fleet at Travis Perkins ✔ Louise Ward - Health, Safety and Environment Director at Siemens ✔ Andrew Cavanagh - Chief Risk, Safety and Programmes Officer at Co Op ✔ Amanda Owen MBE - Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director at Heathrow And is being hosted by Josh Huggins, Director at Principal People / Safety4Good. LINK TO REGISTER - https://bit.ly/3bOGQsE  

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    posted 3 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    One Million Lives - April 2021 Webinar

    One Million Lives - April 2021 Webinar   In partnership with visionary leaders within the HSEQ space, Principal People are supporting an INCREDIBLE mental health and wellbeing initiative - One Million Lives (www.oml.world). One Million Lives is a free mental health check in tool, which allows all users to assess their current state of mind whilst also providing suggestions for improvements to each user. The tool is completely anonymous, and it has been purposely designed to be so in order for all users to feel comfortable in answering honestly and openly.   Please see below the recording from our webinar which took place on April 27th:    

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    posted 6 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    One Million Lives

    One Million Lives ​ A few years ago, Principal People established Safety4Good, which is a charity dedicated to raising the positive profile of the Health and Safety industry as well as the professionals who work within it. In partnership with visionary leaders within this space, Safety4Good are supporting an INCREDIBLE mental health and wellbeing initiative - One Million Lives (www.oml.world). One Million Lives is a free mental health check in tool, which allows all users to assess their current state of mind whilst also providing suggestions for improvements to each user. The tool is completely anonymous, and it has been purposely designed to be so in order for all users to feel comfortable in answering honestly and openly. So far, One Million Lives have had over 5,000 users ‘check in’ and this number is growing daily. This year has been tough for the majority of us and we wanted to use our platform to introduce you all to this initiative, as we know that it could make a difference to your life as well as that of your friends, families, co-workers or even an online social media connection.  To check in, please resister here - https://app.oml.world/Login. We would really appreciate the support of our community in spreading the word of this fantastic initiative and we’re asking you kindly to firstly, check in yourselves and then secondly, share the One Million Lives initiative within your own networks – professional or personal. If you would like to discuss One Million Lives in greater detail or learn how you could help this scheme further, please reply to this email or call us on 01252 759 162.

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    posted 9 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Best Healthy Habits To Practice At Home

    Best Healthy Habits To Practice At Home A nutritious diet and plenty of exercise can undoubtedly promote good health, but what about the daily habits you practice at home? From your everyday routine to getting the proper sleep, there are several things you can do to promote and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It's said that good habits begin at home, and this is absolutely true whether it relates to your career, your relationships, or your physical health. Read on to discover some things you can do to start practicing smarter, healthier habits while at home. Why Healthy Habits are Important Whether it's stress from the workplace, current events, or family life, can be made worse if you don't establish a healthy routine. Practicing good habits will make it easier to stay on track, even when things feel overwhelming. A clean, organized home can do wonders for your state of mind, and it can also help you feel good about coming home after a long day. Healthy eating, practicing self-love, and spending quality family time can help you stay grounded and remind you about what's important in life. Once you develop new, positive habits, they'll quickly become part of your daily rituals. Over time, these healthy habits will improve your mental and physical well-being and give you the tools you need to cope with stress in a more effective, thoughtful way. Starting Your Day Right To start your day on the right foot, you should try to stick to a morning schedule. Once you establish this morning routine, it will become second nature. Stay organized by creating a morning schedule you can follow every day. Draft a morning routine that best fits your specific needs, and consider these tips to help you get started: • Wake up early. When you get up early, you'll get a jump start on your day. Waking up early also allows you to have a little extra "me time" before the rest of the family arises. • Make your bed. The simple act of making your bed can help you feel a sense of accomplishment. Making your bed sets the tone for the day and will give you the motivation to continue with other daily tasks. • Eat a healthy breakfast. A healthy life starts with a healthy breakfast. Skip the sugary cereals and eat a breakfast packed with proteins or fiber to help you feel full, give you energy, and keep your cholesterol levels low. • Get natural light. Natural light plays a significant role in regulating the body's circadian rhythm. If your bedroom doesn't have windows, use a device that slowly increases the amount of light it emits to mimic the rising sun. • Morning exercise. Get active and get moving, and you'll notice higher energy levels and a healthy body. Whether it's yoga, a brisk walk, or jogging, just be sure you get your body moving before you start your day. • Take a shower. Don't put off taking a shower, even if you work from home. A lovely shower will help you feel better, so make sure you take one, get dressed, and avoid staying in your PJ's all day. •   Start your daily activities. Procrastinating can only make things worse, so get started on your daily tasks as soon as possible. The sooner you finish, the sooner you'll be able to relax. •   Don't work where you sleep. If you work from home, it's never a good idea to work in the same place you sleep. You need to separate your workspace from the rest of your home to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Planning Your Next Day and a Bedtime Routine Gearing up for the day ahead is just as important as your new morning habits. Here are some tips to establish a healthy, positive bedtime routine: •   Plan your day in advance. Write a list of the things you need to do the following day to help you stay on track. This can help you avoid forgetting important tasks, and you'll go to bed with a clear head. •   Write down a to-do list. Make a simple to-do list of the things you need to get done before bedtime. It's an easy way to ensure that you're accomplishing everything that's most important. •   Enjoy some evening showering or pampering time. Relax before you head to bed with a nice bubble bath or a warm shower. Take some time to pamper yourself so you can decompress and feel a sense of calm and relaxation before bed. •   No electronics 30 minutes before bed. Turn off your cell phone, laptop, or TV at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Too much stimulation can cause anxiety, or it may make it more difficult for you to fall asleep. •   Go to bed early. Try to get to bed as early as possible, so you get ample sleep. Practice nightly meditation to help you fall asleep and aim for at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night whenever you can. Practice Healthy Nutrition Habits Eating a healthy diet can do wonders for your body and mind. Follow these easy tips to help you stay on track and adopt healthy eating habits at home: •   Start by cleaning and decluttering your fridge and pantry. Get rid of junk food and anything that's expired. Your kitchen will be more organized, and you'll have a clean slate to start from. Finish by filling your fridge, pantry, and cabinets with healthy foods that you enjoy. •   Learn some new, healthy recipes and try making them at home. Cook your meals for the entire week on one day (Saturday or Sunday tends to be a good choice), and freeze everything so it's easier to prepare lunch and dinner during the rest of the week. •   Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. It's important to stay hydrated to help you stay on task, avoid dehydration headaches, and to help you feel fuller, longer. •   Practice conscious eating. This means creating meal plans in advance and focusing your diet on mostly veggies and fruits rather than processed meals and snacks. Enjoy Some "Me" Time One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to dedicate some time each day that's just for you. If you have a spare room, add some comfy furniture, and make it your special place to read some of your favorite books, enjoy a cup of hot tea, or just listen to your favorite music. These simple habits may seem small, but they can actually go a long way toward keeping you happy and healthy. Use this time to relax, unwind, and focus on yourself for at least a few minutes every day. Learn Something New Another great way to practice self-care is to try something different and new. Take up a new hobby like painting, arts and crafts, or enroll in a cooking or baking class. If you're feeling up to it, plan a DIY project, or do some house remodeling. When you step out of your comfort zone, you'll discover new things, meet new people, and maybe even find out some new skills you didn't know you had. If you enjoy arts or doing crafts, remodel one of the rooms in your home and make it a private studio. Take up activities like painting or embroidery so you can express your creative side. Ultimately, the goal is to discover something new and enjoyable that will make you happy and give you a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. It's essential to try and avoid social media and negative news to restore your sense of well-being, too. Once you find a new hobby, it will become your favorite thing to do, and staying away from negativity will be much easier. Involve the Whole Family Developing and adopting new healthy habits at home should include the entire family. Encourage your kids to eat healthier and to get exercise every day instead of just sitting in front of their smartphone or computer. Plan some family time at least once a week where you can play games together or watch a movie. This will help you establish a strong relationship with your family and keep the lines of communication open. Over time, the whole family will develop new habits that will promote the physical and mental well-being of everyone. It's also a great way to help boost your children's self-esteem. Practicing a few simple healthy habits at home will improve your life by leaps and bounds. Start by organizing your home and create a daily morning and evening routine. Don't forget to make time for yourself whether it's through meditation or learning a new hobby. Encourage the whole family to learn some new healthy habits of your own, and you'll discover just how much better life can be.

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    posted 10 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Stress Management: How To Develop Effective Techniques In The Workplace

      Stress Management: How To Develop Effective Techniques In The Workplace   Stress is all but unavoidable at work. Even in the most enjoyable jobs, stress can still affect us — it’s simply a part of working life. But just because it happens doesn’t mean it’s not possible to manage it. If left unchecked, stress can lead to long-term burnout. This is especially important at a time when many of us will be returning to work in the foreseeable future as the lockdown restrictions ease. Read on to learn how to develop effective stress management techniques in the workplace. Consider medication for more severe symptoms of stress Stress is a complex thing, often manifesting as physical symptoms rather than just emotional or mental ones. As well as feeling tense or tightly wound, stress can also cause other, more noticeable symptoms, such as nausea, upset stomachs, and so on. Among the most common ways that stress can manifest is through migraines. These are acute headaches that vary intensity and duration, lasting anywhere from a couple of minutes to a few hours. In some rare cases, they can even last for days. Migraines can be debilitating, so it’s worth considering medication to help you manage them and reduce further stress in the workplace. Remove yourself from stressful environments where possible It might sound obvious, but your environment in which you work plays an influential role in stress. Poor design, artificial lighting, loud machinery, and even unpleasant colleagues — these all make for a negative environment that encourages stress. Consequently, it’s important to remove yourself from this situation when things get too much. Of course, you can’t simply leave your desk whenever you like, but try taking short, five-minute walks around the block instead. When you remove yourself from your stressful environment, even for just a few minutes, it gives your brain a chance to recalibrate and gather your thoughts. When you return to your desk, you will be refreshed and ready to continue working. Enjoy the benefits of exercise for your wellbeing It’s often said that exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and the benefits extend far beyond physical health. Exercise as a stress management tool is effective and accessible, and one that easily fits into your workday. When you workout, your body expresses pent up stress and anger, letting it out rather than keeping it inside. It also releases endorphins, so the stress-reducing benefits continue even after you’ve finished exercising. If you’re able to exercise at lunch, this is especially effective. As well as letting you work out your stress through running or a gym session, it also gets you away from the desk and out of a stressful environment. Establish clear boundaries between your work and home lives Between smart devices, video conferencing, and other modern technologies, the line between work and home is becoming more and more blurred. Many of us adhere to an “always-on” state, ready to respond to work emails or calls at any time of day. Of course, such an attitude only increases our stress levels. We’re unable to completely relax if we still feel like we’re working. As such, it’s crucial that you set out clear boundaries between your day job and your home life. Start by turning off any work phones or other devices when you leave the office. This includes anything that might let you check your emails too. Consider avoiding working overtime at weekends too — these are reasonable requests that your manager should understand and accept. Not every job allows for points like these, of course. But it’s still important to clearly delineate between work and home — pushing yourself too far too often will only lead to burnout. Ask for help from your employer Finally, but perhaps most importantly, consider seeking help from your employer. For many, the idea of reaching out to a colleague or supervisor for help is not an option they would ever consider. The fear that it might come across as petty complaining or insolence prevents overworked and stress employees from seeking the help they need. But this stiff upper lip is not a sustainable approach. It only increases stress levels, possibly making you resent your supervisor and, eventually, resulting in total burnout. If you’re finding your workload unmanageable or you are struggling with tasks, speak to your supervisor. It is not unreasonable to ask for help or guidance if you need it, and most good employers will be sympathetic to this. Businesses in 2020 are becoming increasingly aware of mental health and the long-term effect it has on employees. Consequently, many have introduced dedicated employee wellness resources in order to manage and maintain staff wellbeing. Some employers even offer third-party support, such as counseling services, or therapeutic sessions such as massages. It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure their staff are happy and balanced. Beyond this, it’s also in their best interests. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.   The tips listed above are just a few examples of stress management techniques you can implement in the workplace. Identify what works for you and make them an essential part of your day. With time, you will be able to better manage stress yourself with ease.

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    posted 12 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    IOSH and Principal People Webinar – Your transition from Veteran to a second career

    IOSH and Principal People Webinar – Your transition from Veteran to a second career - August 19th at 19:00 - Register here: https://bit.ly/30xPnLp Calling all Veterans! If you are at the stage in your life of transitioning from military to civilian life and considering a career change, join us as we discuss the challenges of beginning what will be a new experience in Occupational Safety and Health. During the webinar, we will hear insights and advice from guests within OSH who have either made that transition or can offer advice on where to start. Find out how to maximise your prospects of a second career, whether you are considering employment or setting up on your own. Josh Huggins, Director at Principal People will be joining Host James Quinn, President Elect at IOSH and ex Veteran as well as:  Marc Roberts – ex Royal Engineer to OSH professional.  Louise Hosking, Managing Director, Hosking Associates.  Sarah Jones, Leadership, Team & Career Coach. Register for free using this link https://bit.ly/30xPnLp. 

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    posted 12 months ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Safety4Good webinar 19th August 2020 - 1.00pm via Zoom

    Safety4Good are excited to reveal to their community an upcoming webinar - The future of organisations beyond Covid-19: A positive perspective from Safety professionals.​  Topic covered: The use of space - working from home, return to office, flexible working safely, creative and collaborative space Technology applications in safety and leadership - Zoom, Teams, AI etc The "Human effect" - how changes will effect how people interact, manage flexible and agile working Date and Time:   Wednesday 19th August at 13:00  Panellists include: Dr Andrew Sharman - President of IOSH, Managing Partner RMS Consultancy  Louise Ward - Director of Health Safety & Environment Siemens Nick Wright - Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager Vodafone Host Simon Bliss - Trustee and Founder Safety4Good and MD Principal People The webinar is interactive and attendees will be able to submit questions to our panelists on all of the subject matter. Click here to register to attend! 

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    COVID-19 WEBINAR - HAPPENING TODAY!

    HAPPENING TODAY - COVID-19 WEBINAR!  Our Director Josh Huggins is joining IOSH on their next Covid-19 webinar, today at 12:30. During this webinar, you’ll hear insights and advice from guests representing different sectors and stages of their careers. Their stories reflect OSH from several national and international perspectives and span the armed forces, construction, retail and logistics and specialist recruitment. Register for free today: http://orlo.uk/T6xxS and share with your HSEQ network.  ​

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Principal People and IOSH - COVID-19 WEBINAR!

    Our Director Josh Huggins is joining IOSH on their next Covid-19 webinar on Thursday 16th as they investigate the importance of community, volunteering and building your profile within the OSH profession as we all continue to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar is on Thursday 16 July at 12:30 and is FREE. Register today: http://orlo.uk/T6xxS  

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Principal People - Inside Safety

    Principal People - Inside Safety Form ID:5628 Across the past few months, Principal People have held numerous interviews with Health, Safety and Environmental professionals to understand their thoughts and approach to leading Health and Safety, within the 'New Normal'. These interviews have allowed us to create focused peer to peer networking, sharing of knowledge and experiences, along with wider information for the HSE community. Following the above discussions and the survey, we are creating four sector specific reports to share with you. Our video trailer for the content is below: ​

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Webinar – Mental Health in the work place and why we must not waste this crisis – view now!

    Mental Health in the work place and why we must not waste this crisis We recently held an interactive webinar on the effects of the COVID19 pandemic and managing mental health in work and from home alongside Tom Oxley - Tedx Speaker, Ruth Denyer - Risk Director at ITV,  Darren Bentley - Global Director HSE at DHL, Tara Waterman - L&D Director at Principal People and Simon Bliss - Founder & Trustee of Safety4Good. The webinar was a hit with lots of engagement from the health and safety community including viewers, questions asked and feedback. For the viewers weren’t able to attend due to work commitments or diary resettlements, those who did attend and want to view it again and for those who are just hearing about it now, we are releasing it for you! Please find below our recorded webinar – we hope you like it.  If you have any questions or if you would like to give us any feedback, please email Jess via j.bullock@principalpeople.co.uk.  If you would like to register to receive our other Insights, please fill out the below form. ​ Form ID:5537

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    An Interview with Andrew Sharman

    An Interview with Andrew Sharman As many businesses begin to focus on recovery in an everchanging environment, Principal People are pleased to be able to bring clarity, help and advice to our valued HSEQ community through insightful releases of information. This blog focusses on our second insight, which is an interview with Andrew Sharman. Simon Bliss, MD of Principal People and founder of Safety4Good, recently interviewed Andrew Sharman, a highly renowned leader in the world of Safety and President of IOSH. In this 47-minute interview, Andrew answers many questions including his ideas around the industries viewpoint and recovery ideas on the COVID19 pandemic. We hope that you enjoy this interview and get an insight from a leader’s perspective as to what the future could look like for Safety. If you are interested in viewing more of our insights, see the list below and subscribe to be sent the content by completing our registration form at the bottom of the page: Managing your mental health in the new working world with Tom Oxley and Ruth Denyer (held on Thursday 4th June at 13.30 – we will send you the recording) An interview with Andrew Sharman – we will be speaking to the president of IOSH to understand his perspective following the pandemic Reviewing the structure of your workforce following the Covid 19 pandemic, and identifying necessary changes to ensure organisational resilience for the future   Click the video below to watch the interview:     If you would like to subscribe to receive our other Insights, please fill out the below form.     Form ID:5537  

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Mental health in the work place and why we must not waste this crisis - Webinar

    Acknowledging and managing pressure during the COVID19 period Join us this Thursday at 13:30 - 14:30 to join our interactive webinar on the effects of the COVID19 pandemic and managing mental health in work and from home alongside Tom Oxley - Tedx Speaker, Ruth Denyer - Risk Director at ITV, Darren Bentley - Global Director HSE at DHL, Tara Waterman - L&D Director at Principal People and Simon Bliss - Founder & Trustee of Safety4Good.  This webinar is interactive so you can ask the panel questions and add your own commentary too. During the webinar they will be addressing the below alongside other relevant topics: Locking down: Human behaviour, working at home, coping with the mental health ‘coronacoaster’ Staying alert: stories and case studies from safety professionals in the ‘new front line’ The new normal: positive adaptation for you and your organisation (panel interview) Fill in the below form to register to attend the webinar. Form ID:5548

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Weekly Insights from Principal People

    Weekly Insights​ As many businesses begin to focus on recovery in an everchanging environment, Principal People are pleased to be able to bring clarity, help and advice to our valued HSEQ community. There are two parts to what we are offering to both our clients and candidates. The first is a range of insightful weekly releases over the coming months, to provide understanding and perspective for those working within the HSEQ industry. Throughout the course of June and July, Principal People are pleased to provide weekly insights across a range of subjects. We have included below an overview of what to expect from the first four weeks. Managing your mental health in the new working world with Tom Oxley and Ruth Denyer - Thursday 4th June at 13.30 Inside Safety results – we will be revealing the opinions, advice and answers provided by industry figureheads as to what the future of Safety looks like  An interview with Andrew Sharman – we will be speaking to the president of IOSH to understand his perspective following the pandemic  Reviewing the structure of your workforce following the Covid 19 pandemic, and identifying necessary changes to ensure organisational resilience for the future  To register for more information on the above Weekly Insights, please fill out the below form and choose which subjects you are interested in. Form ID:5537

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Supporting health & safety professionals through COVID-19 and beyond

    Giving back to the community - training webinars Principal People want to help the H&S community as much as possible through these uncertain times and have arranged a sequence of webinars as to how to improve, gain skills and be the outstanding candidate.  These insightful webinars are designed to support you as you navigate through both the immediate and long term future. Register your interest today by completing the below form to be invited to our weekly webinars, running throughout the course of June. Our sessions will focus on the following topics: Building your tool kit for developing your personal brand, CV and LinkedIn profile - Friday 5th June Preparing for a virtual interview - Friday 19th June Preparing for a competency based interview - Friday 3rd July Developing your personal development plan beyond Covid-19 - Friday 17th July Identifying the right mentor - Friday 31st July Form ID:5529 ​   

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Mental Health Awareness Week - Day 3

    Mental Health Awareness Week - Day 3 ​ Today a few of the Principal People team shared the acts of #kindness that they have been sharing with friends, families and charities so far this week. One I would like to share shows how much a call can improve someone's happiness. "I heard an old college friend who I haven’t spoken to in ages had been furloughed, she lives alone after just breaking up from a long term relationship. I was on a group text when I learned this and that she had been having some real down days. I reached out and called her last night, and we spent a good couple of hours having a chat and catching up. I’ve promised to stay in regular contact and plan to call her again next week."

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week next week and this year’s theme is ‘kindness’. One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times, especially with the pandemic surrounding 2020. The Mental Health Foundation are the home of Mental Health Awareness Week and are an organisation with a vision for good mental health for all. Their mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health.  What is Mental Health Awareness Week? Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. Each May, The Mental Health Foundation build a campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week. Since their first campaign in 2001, they have raised awareness of topics such as body image, stress and relationships. Hundreds of schools, businesses and communities have started to open conversations around mental health and that change can save lives.  The campaign reaches millions of people every year. With the current situation of COVID-19, now is a better time than ever to get involved and raise awareness of mental health and this year's theme, kindness.  Getting involved is extremely easy. You can either share the campaign to make other people aware or you can participate, ideally both! You can do as little or as much as you want in participating - for example, you could send a text to a friend which motivates them. Alternatively, you could host an online fundraiser with your team at work. The PDF below gives many examples of what you can do - it doesn't have to cost you anything.    View the Mental Health Awareness Week Supporter Pack by clicking here!  

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    CPD - subject matter experts

    Studying hard Over the last few weeks, we have been keeping in contact with the furlough team to make sure that they are staying happy, active and sane during the isolation period. We were pleased to hear that a few of our team members have enrolled themselves on CPD courses, enabling them to become subject matter experts.  Two of our members from the Environment and Sustainability team have been studying industry related courses with the aim of being able to understand the needs and requirements of their candidates and clients in greater detail. As well as this, they want to be able to express opinions and thoughts in relation to Environment and Sustainability across their network of professionals, opening up conversations and being able to add value. Well done Katie and Greg, I'm certain this dedication of your time will prove to be beneficial and will only provide opportunity for you to explore your candidates needs and wants even more. Hannah from our Sales Support Team is undergoing her CIPD qualification, which broadens her understanding in the world of HR. Keen to take steps into this industry, Hannah has been thinking about studying this qualification for a while and she started it before the COVID-19 crisis, however, being on furlough has meant she can spend more time on her studies. Good luck Hannah! One of our newer team members, Ella, has been studying a qualification in Nutrition. Ella loves fitness and was an avid gym go-er before the lock down. Ella's partner works for her local gym and during the lock down has been offering free gym classes to our team. Ella's course is a level 5 qualification made up of 12 different modules. Ella chose to study this course as it is something that interests her and it is something that is useful to know in day to day life. It's quite a long course, so now is the perfect time for her to be putting her head down and studying. Well done team, continuing to keep your brain active and increasing your knowledge and awareness in these areas during this tough time is amazing. 

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Tough Mudder - 1 year ago today!

    Mid week throwback! Yesterday it marked 1 year since the team completed the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge. The team who took part in the knackering assault course, including the inspirational Safety Leader Steve Pettitt, did a fantastic job and raised a lot of money for Great Ormand Street Charity through Safety4Good. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as us.

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    posted about 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Zoom Workout Session

    Zoom Fitness Yesterday the team took part in an online workout held by Ella's partner Roberto who manages a local gym. It was a challenging and fun session which we now aim to complete every Tuesday to manage the fitness of our furloughed team and our working team. Staying fit and exercising every day is something we are trying really hard to encourage within our team during this time. If you would like some tips as to what you can do during the quarantine period, check out this useful web page http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine.    ​​

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    posted over 1 year ago

    by Jess Bullock

    Finance, housing and unemployment worries during the coronavirus outbreak

    Hello everyone. I hope that all readers are safe and well today. Another extremely useful read is this article written by www.mentalhealth.org.uk in relation to finance, housing and employment worries that the majority of the world will be facing right now. It's okay to be uncertain and to worry about these things, in fact it's totally normal during the epidemic, however, becoming overly anxious and stressed out will negatively affect your mental health.  For excellent advice on finance, housing and employment worries and how to keep these at bay, read the article below.     Finance, housing and unemployment worries during the coronavirus outbreak   These are unprecedented times. Many of us are facing daily challenges relating to the coronavirus epidemic – both in terms of health but also in terms of finance, job security, housing and caring responsibilities. Our sense of time is out of shape – events in the news seem to move so fast – and everyday sees another problem or a possible solution. At the same time the days at home, or the nights can seem to drag. Whatever is happening to you, or to us, there is an impact on our mental health. For now, the best thing to do is to focus on the here and now, this minute. We are in the first phase of an emergency – lots of people are coming to terms with a rapidly changing situation. It may seem today that the problem you are facing with your bills, your landlord, your childcare or your job is unsolvable. Everyday there are new solutions – from government, from our communities, and from the businesses in our lives. Sometimes we must find a way to take a breath, look at the issue from a different angle, and reach out. There isn’t always an answer today - but the only way is through. It is OK to feel afraid, scared or desperate. This isn’t your fault. If you need someone to talk to, reach out to Samaritans on 116 123, to CALM on 0800 585858. For a range of advice, you can contact Citizens Advice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scotland. Adviceline is a national phone service operated by Citizens Advice. You can contact an Adviceline adviser on 03444 111 444 (Text relay: 03444 111 445)   Financial worries   Use time you are at home to work through your finances  Using a budget tool to redo your household budget for being at home could be useful. Remember that you may be saving money by not spending on things like transport and socialising. Factor that in when looking at your budget.  Find out what help you might be entitled to The government is offering a range of measures to support people financially. There is a complete list here: under the heading “Employment and financial support”, this includes support for individuals, employers and people who are self-employed. Reach out for help and advice from services like The Money Advice Service (England and Wales), Stepchange or National Debtline – but remember that services may be busy as organisations of all sorts try to manage staff availability. Remember debt and money advice varies across the UK so make sure you find the appropriate service for your nation.  For Scotland try Money Advice Scotland and in Northern Ireland Advice NI.  Speak to your bank if you are worried about paying your mortgage as many are arranging mortgage breaks. Keep connected and look after yourself Don't keep it in – talk to family or friends if you can. Look after your sleep, your diet, and other basics – try to avoid drinking excessively and if you are a smoker try to give up or cut down – it may help both financially and in terms of making COVID-19 less serious if you develop the illness. Look at what is available in your community Sadly, many food banks have had to close but rapidly services like this will generally find ways of providing services around the restrictions. If you have children, and they are entitled to free school meals, take them – your school will be in touch about how to access this service. Check any insurance policies you have Life cover, critical illness cover, mortgage insurance and even home insurance sometimes offers legal advice or cover that could help. If you have a mortgage or other major commitment, try and speak to your lenders soon, they may help. Think about groups you might be a member of Do you have a trade union or does your sector have a benevolent charity for example – things like Hospitality Action and The Charity for Civil Servants, or the Lighthouse Club for construction. Beware of scams Use a reputable source such as the gov.uk website or organisations linked above. Never respond to unsolicited messages (texts, calls or emails) that ask for your personal or financial information.   Unemployment or furlough   It can be very hard to lose access to your work – whether you are let go, furloughed (sent home temporarily) or your work drops if you are self-employed. For more information about your rights at work visit Acas. If you aren’t at work try and keep in touch with colleagues – demand will increase again, and you will have a future. If you are isolated and live at home keeping those connections can be so important. If you are used to a very physical job, try and keep up the exercise – because a sudden change can hit your moods quickly. If you run a business, or employ staff, try to hold off making decisions about jobs and pay until schemes being developed to support staff are up and running. If you are self-employed, try and reach out to your normal networks – or see if there's an opportunity locally to connect with others through business forums. It’s an uncertain time but your skills will be needed again soon. As we adjust to a period of living and working differently employers will be looking for staff – think about how your skills transfer – and if you want to help and are able, consider doing something else for a while.   Housing   In these uncertain times, when we are asked to stay in our own homes, poor housing or difficulties paying for mortgages or rent can be doubly hard. If you have a mortgage and your income is reduced, speaker to your lender about a payment holiday. If you are a tenant in a similar situation, find out your rights by visiting Shelter or Citizens Advice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or Scotland and then approach your landlord or agent. It is likely that support for tenants will come on stream in the next few weeks. Remember, these are times that we have not seen before in peacetime. A lot of us will be affected in lots of ways. But keeping calm, checking your options, seeking advice and working through your possibilities will help you come up with a plan. There are helplines available and people willing to support you. We will get through this together.

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    Joanne's story - Helping the NHS & Key Workers - Safety4Good

    Joanne has worked alongside Safety4Good on many occasions now, having helped out with their events and marketing. We recently saw that she posted an article on LinkedIn detailing how she has been supporting the NHS and Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Joanne is a selfless giver and has been offering her skills and hours to help the people who really need it right now. A real hero!   Read below her story:   Got up early this morning to speak with Chris Goreham at BBC Radio Norfolk about my experience using my volunteering hours I get whilst working at Aviva to help the hashtag#nhs and hashtag#keyworkers. I explained that I wanted to get involved and help as I know that local hospitals and care homes are crying out for PPE. I had seen that people were starting to make crocheted ear protectors and thought I could use the volunteer hours to make them. Now, I don’t crochet but I’ve had a sewing machine which has been collecting dust for years as I’ve never used it. So, I thought I would dig it out, learn how to use it and have a go at making some ear protectors. I started off by making a couple for my next door neighbour who is a senior nurse in the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital ICU to see if they would be of any use. She asked if I could make a lot more as she could take them in to the wards that need them. So I set to work and have been making them ever since. I’ve had so many people reaching out to me from hospitals and care homes – I’ve made around 100 over the last few days and will continue to make them until they’re not needed. Joanne Frost, Aviva - 29.04.2020   Thank you for sharing this story, Joanne. It is an incredible act of kindness which is helping to SAVE LIVES.   If you would like to volunteer to help the NHS or your community, please follow this link: https://do-it.org/ 

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    Disability-inclusive Social Protection response to COVID-19 crisis

    Hello everyone, I hope that you are all safe and well. The COVID-19 pandemic and its related socioeconomic consequences magnify obstacles and inequalities. Persons with disabilities are in many ways more exposed to the crisis. Social protection, which, at any point in time, is critical for persons with disabilities, has proven to be a crucial vector of relief in the recent weeks. This brief presents several elements that can help make the most of the social protection systems response to COVID-19 to support persons with disabilities. This under 5 minute video is well worth the watch, providing interesting statistics and methods as to how best approach the obstacles that many who have disabilities may face.  

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    Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

    Hello everyone, I hope that you are well today! Today I wan't to reiterate the importance of looking after your mental health and I have found a great set of tips provided by www.mentalhealth.org.uk. Take 5 minutes to read the below notes, it might just really help you or a family member, friend or colleague during these difficult time. Stay safe and well.   Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak ​ Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. Here are some tips we hope will help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health. The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work, to stay two metres (six feet) away from other people and wash our hands as soon as we get home. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us. It will help to try and see it as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it. It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you.  Create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. You could try reading more or watching movies, having an exercise routine, trying new relaxation techniques, or finding new knowledge on the internet. Try and rest and view this as a new if unusual experience, that might have its benefits.     Make sure your wider health needs are being looked after such as having enough prescription medicines available to you. Read our full list of tips on staying at home. Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control. You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus here: Gov.uk Health Protection Scotland Public Health Wales Follow hygiene advice such as washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water (sing ‘happy birthday’ to yourself twice to make sure you do this for 20 seconds). You should do this whenever you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. If you can’t wash your hands straightaway, use hand sanitiser and then wash them at the next opportunity. You should also use tissues if you sneeze and make sure you dispose of them quickly; and stay at home if you are feeling unwell. Try to stay connected  At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends and family, by telephone, email or social media, or contact a helpline for emotional support.   You may like to focus on the things you can do if you feel able to: stress management keep active eat a balanced diet Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to sensationalise things. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too. Also remember to regularly assess your social media activity. Tune in with yourself and ask if they need to be adjusted. Are there particular accounts or people that are increasing your worry or anxiety? Consider muting or unfollowing accounts or hashtags that cause you to feel anxious. Talk to your children Involving our family and children in our plans for good health is essential. We need be alert to and ask children what they have heard about the outbreak and support them, without causing them alarm. We need to minimise the negative impact it has on our children and explain the facts to them. Discuss the news with them but try and avoid over-exposure to coverage of the virus. Be as truthful as possible. Let’s not avoid the ‘scary topic’ but engage in a way that is appropriate for them. We have more advice on talking with your children about the coronavirus outbreak.  Try to anticipate distress It is OK to feel vulnerable and overwhelmed as we read news about the outbreak, especially if you have experienced trauma or a mental health problem in the past, or if you have a long-term physical health condition that makes you more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and remind each other to look after our physical and mental health. We should also be aware of and avoid increasing habits that may not be helpful in the long term, like smoking and drinking.  Try and reassure people you know who may be worried and check in with people who you know are living alone. Try not to make assumptions Don’t judge people and avoid jumping to conclusions about who is responsible for the spread of the disease. The coronavirus can affect anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sex. Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media  There is extensive news coverage about the outbreak. If you find that the news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance. It’s best that you don’t avoid all news and that you keep informing and educating yourself, but limit your news intake if it is bothering you.    https://mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

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    Helping during the pandemic - Social Housing Recruitment

    In a world currently brimming with uncertainty, we have seen so many Health and Safety professionals go above and beyond to help. The charity, Safety4Good, has previously described the Health and Safety profession to be a 'community of selfless givers' and now more than ever we have seen this put into place. We have seen so many stories across our professional network as well as social media platforms describing both the working and furloughed H&S practitioners who are actively looking to help, offering consultative professional advice and getting stuck in with local community based work whenever they can. Again and unsurprisingly, reinforcing our statement solidly. Like the Health and Safety community, the furloughed staff from Social Housing Recruitment have also been keeping busy giving back. Read below about what Becky has been up to so far during her time on furlough   BECKY ​ As her colleagues in Social Housing Recruitment are well aware, Becky's brain is automatically wired to help, provide for and encourage people. She is a brilliant recruiter who is praised mostly for taking the time to understand her candidates needs and requirements and showing faith in absolution in the people that she represents.  Currently Becky, like many others, is on furlough. Becky has once again illustrated to us how remarkable she is in the efforts she is going to in order to help those around her. Becky has signed up to be an NHS volunteer, meaning that whenever the NHS require someone desperately, she could provide assistance. Making the NHS staff's jobs less pressurised and helping to save time and lives. As well as that, Becky has started a sign language course, has been shopping for her parents and elderly grandparents and she has also kindly been knitting hearts for patients who cannot see their families during the pandemic (as part of this appeal).  What an incredible person. There are thousands of ways to help your community and the NHS during this pandemic, whether it be donating to a cause, learning a course, shopping for the elderly or even just spreading positivity to your friends and family on social media - what you can do will make a difference so get involved!      Becky Joiner, Social Housing Recruitment

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    COVID-19 - Think SMART

      How are you coping with COVID-19?   It is a worrying and difficult time for everyone, especially for key workers and those on the front line in our amazing NHS. It's really important for everyone, whether working or not, to take great care of their mental health during this time.  Most people will be watching the news a lot more frequently than they previously had which is fine, but if it is making you upset or overly scared, reduce it to only a few times a day. A big cause for conern is false news. Normally spread across social media, untrue information can affect a huge amount of people very quickly, causing them to worry and further pass this misinformation on. Try and keep up to date only with reliable sources, such as from the World Health Organisation.     

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    Principal People Furlough Information - COVID-19 Pandemic

    During these difficult and uncertain times, Principal People are hoping that you are all keeping safe and well.  Due to the COVID-19 situation, many of our staff are in a period of Furlough leave. This means that they will not have acces to their work emails, phone or any business accounts. However, we do still have a number of people working who are able to help you with any questions or queries. This means that if you are a candidate seeking a new job or career advice or a client seeking help with a vacancy or more information as to how we can help your organisation, we are still able to assist you. You can contact the Principal People team via the main office line 01252 759 162 or by emailing info@principalpeople.co.uk. Or alternatively, you can choose the most suitable contact from the list below to contact.   Directors Simon Bliss – Managing Director – simon@principalpeople.co.uk – 07793 802 894 Josh Huggins – Director and Executive Search and Selection Team Leader – j.huggins@principalpeople.co.uk - 01252 954 951 – 07959 289 937 Tara Waterman – Operations Director – t.waterman@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 952 – 07702 010 333   Team Leaders Naz Bhad - Contract and Interim Team Leader – n.bhad@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 964 – 07940 250 006 George Wilson – Infrastructure, Construction and Utilities Team Leader – g.wilson@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 970 – 07899 963 318 Thomas Minshell – Manufacturing and Logistics Team Leader – t.minshell@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 960 – 07527 625 318 Zac Wilson – Corporate Services and Quality Team Leader – z.wilson@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 958 – 07725 711 501 Aleks Smolski – Social Housing Recruitment – a.smolski@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 953 – 07463 682 276 Reece Rowden –Social Housing Recruitment – r.rowden@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 954 – 07557 099 071   Accounts & Finance Team and Sales Support  Charlotte Hall – Management Accountant – c.hall@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 913 508 – 07792 650 721 Rosie Perfect – Credit Controller – r.perfect@principalpeople.co.uk – 01252 954 977 – 07427 694 178 Jessica Bullock - Marketing and Support Coordinator - 01252 759 162 - 07505 354 507   Best wishes to all of our candidates and clients and stay safe!  

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    Australian Bush Fires - Support us today!

    Safety4Good have a new fundraising campaign for a worthy cause that is causing both a human and environmental tragedy in Australia. The Bush Fires have so far caused 30 deaths, 2000+ homes lost, approximately 1.25 Billion animals lost alongside the 10.7 million hectares burnt.  They’ve engaged their Australian Safety4Good Ambassador, Alligator Dundee, to kick off the campaign and he has flown over to the UK to head up the fundraising. They have two brilliant charities to support equally, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Red Cross, who are directly supporting the homeless and misplaced persons. Click on this link to be directed to the Safety4Good website and the Virgin Money fundraising page: https://bit.ly/2NA7B88  Also, they are working with the WWF more on a project which enables you to become a “Koala Protector” and you will receive a certificate to reward you for your support. This will cost £25 and could be a good idea for companies and teams who want to share their contributions. More news on this soon.  Get clicking and support this worthy cause! www.Safety4Good.com   Watch their video below! ​        

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    Australian Bush Fire Crisis

    Australian Bush Fires – help our Antipodean friends and their “critters” by supporting our Australia day fundraising event On Friday 24th of January, Principal People will be raising money for WWF and The Red Cross equally through our Safety4Good programme to support the catastrophic bush fires in Australia, by celebrating Australia day (Sunday 26th). Shockingly, statistics read that there have been over 28 fatalities, 3,000 homes destroyed and 7.3 million hectares have been burned and the fires show no signs of stopping. As well as this, it is estimated that over one billion animals have been affected nationwide across South East Australia. Principal People will be holding a Cake Sale and a BBQ at their offices in Farnborough in an effort to raise money for the two charities with a hope to achieve £1,000. They are also asking their neighbouring offices to sponsor a Koala and are hoping that each office will be able to participate, which could total 45 adopted koalas! If you would like to help us in raising money to help the people and animals of Australia, please follow the link to our Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here.   

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    Christmas and New Year - Office Opening Hours

    Please note that from December 24th until January 2nd, the Principal People team will not be in the office. Your Consultant, however, may still be available via their individual email addresses and telephone numbers so we recommend trying these if you would like to get in contact. If your matter is urgent please email info@principalpeople.co.uk which is a guarded mailbox which will be monitored frequently or alternatively call our Director Josh Huggins on 07595289937. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

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    Safety4Good's next event - "More than Mental Health"

    Safety4Good event “More than Mental Health”       What works with workplace mental health?      ​ Introducing our speaker - Tom Oxley, Workplace Mental Health Strategist TEDx speaker Tom specialises in evidence-based Mental Health Strategies for Workplaces, and creates outstanding training for leaders, managers and frontline staff. He’ll give you the real inside story about mental health at work, drawing from his work from clients including TFL, Exxonmobil, Cambridge University, East Anglian Air Ambulance and Cadbury. Our lively, fun and engaging session will show you what works (and what doesn’t) using real stories, statistics and uplifting examples that you can take away and use immediately.   EVENT AGENDA AND DETAILS   Date: Friday 7th February 2020  Address: Aviva, The Ryley Factory, 28-30 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN Agenda: 09:00 - Meet & refreshments 09:30 - Introduction and welcome from Simon Bliss, Trustee Safety4Good 09:40  - "More than Mental Health" from Tom Oxley, Director Bamboo Workplace Mental Health 10:20 - Question and Answer session 10:30 - Thank you from our hosts - Aviva Corporate Responsibility team 10:40 - Safety4Good update and future events - Simon Bliss 10:45 - Refreshments and networking 11:30 - Close of event.   Click here to confirm your attendance   Fact