Leicestershire based full service brand agency, Champions (UK) plc, have launched a new monthly scheme which is set to help its 80-strong workforce stay motivated and help them to relax.

Each month, for 12 months, 24 names will be drawn at random, with the lucky ones treated to a rejuvenating massage!

Professional masseuse, Annice Miladinovic of Bliss Wellbeing & Events, will set up in the company’s in-house gym and deliver 20-minute pick-me-up massages to well-deserving staff.

The new scheme is just one of many ways Champions encourages health and wellbeing within its workforce. Along with free use of a fully kitted out gym, staff are also encouraged to attend weekly Pilates classes, fitness boot camp and get their five-a-day from the fruit box which is delivered each week to the Costock head office.


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Managing stress in the workplace is important. According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2015/16 stress was cited as the reason for 37% of all work related ill health cases. While stress is an inevitable part of life, employers who invest in helping staff manage their stress levels, could reap the rewards in the long term with fewer sick days, increased productivity and a more positive working environment.

Matthew Hayes, Managing Director of Champions (UK) plc said of the new monthly massage initiative:

“While helping our staff to stay focused and motivated makes good business sense, we also want our staff to feel positive about their working day and to create an environment where people are excited to come to work. Our clients have high expectations of what they expect from us and our staff need to be at the top of their game to meet these standards.”

As well as this, the company also encourages a healthy lifestyle through a number of other free-to-use benefits, as Matthew explains:

“Working with Annice and team is just another step up in terms of our internal push for staff wellbeing. For example, with the extension of our offices in 2015, we welcomed a fully-equipped gym which is free for our staff to use. Utilising the equipment in the gym, and the grassy areas surrounding our offices, we also bring in a personal trainer once a week to run a boot camp – another free activity which all employees are encouraged to make use of.”

Those daytime snackers are also supported with a fresh fruit delivery each week which everyone can help themselves to, helping banish those afternoon munchies and prevent unhealthy snacking.