Stockport ‘skills swap’ set to boost region’s physical and financial fitness

Businesses across the region are to be given an opportunity to enhance their staff’s physical and financial wellbeing, thanks to a successful ‘skills swap’ between two Stockport organisations.

Life Leisure, which manages sport and leisure facilities in and around Stockport, has teamed up with Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning, to exchange respective in-house expertise in order to jointly develop wellbeing workshops around improving personal health and wealth.

The workshops will be offered free of charge to businesses in Stockport and South Manchester as a way to boost productivity and positivity among their employees and invest in their workplace wellbeing.

Sessions will be tailored according to each specific organisation’s needs but options will include health assessments, nutrition talks, and advice on posture and staying active in the workplace. The financial planning element of the day can cover areas ranging from the financial life cycle, saving for your family’s future, financial planning and work life balance, protecting your family, through to home buying, inheritance and wills.

Life Leisure’s Head of Marketing Laura Mylotte said: “Employee wellbeing is so important and something we are hugely passionate about at Life Leisure. As well as making sure individuals are happier and healthier it also has tangible business benefits in terms of productivity. It’s a win, win. Which is exactly why looking at a new initiative with Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning really appealed.

“At first, we were simply planning a straight skills swap between our organisations, with us giving Clarke Nicklin Financial Planning free advice on health and wellbeing and their advisors spending time with our employees to explain different financial planning techniques, stages and objectives. We then realised that the two elements combined could become a powerful resource other businesses could benefit from.”

Based on the reactions of their own members of staff, the two businesses are confident the session will go down well with workforces across the region.

Managing Partner Andrew Baggott from Clarke Nicklin group said: “We are delighted to be able to combine forces with Life Leisure to provide these workshops to the regions businesses, and provide support and advice in areas which will have very significant long-term benefits to the individuals, and as a consequence the businesses they work for. We are very aware that many individuals don’t obtain or have access to good financial advice, and so it is great to be involved in something which means that we can reach a wide range of people and give advice that will help them and their families, which in turn all contributes to their overall wellbeing by helping them plan a key part of their lives.”