OXFORDSHIRE, 2nd October, 2020: B4, Oxfordshire’s business collaboration network launched the first in a series of bi-monthly B4 ONE webinars live from the stunning Orangery at Blenheim Palace. The live production, supported by Studio 8 and Static Airwaves and broadcast on YouTube, saw live studio guests and remote presentations delivered across a range of Workplace Wellbeing topics.
B4’s CEO, Richard Rosser, presented alongside co-host Emma Gascoigne, commented, “This was a massive step change for B4 and huge thanks must go to both the B4 and Studio 8 / Static Airwaves teams for putting on such a great production. What a fabulous venue to launch B4 ONE, so massive thanks to Blenheim’s CEO Dominic Hare and Operations Director, Heather Carter and their teams for welcoming us so warmly. We certainly learned a lot from delivering a full day of webinars and we’re looking forward to the next B4 ONE which will be hosted by the Ashmolean Museum.”
Dominic added. “B4 have absolutely led the Oxfordshire business community from the front through the Pandemic – they have also inspired many through the way they have reinvented themselves into a digital community and BIO 2020 was a great example of this. B4 One takes this to another level, we were delighted to play hosts and share in this outstanding programme on Employee Wellbeing and look forward to future events.”
Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Associate Dean Research and Knowledge Exchange School of Business Oxford Brookes University, commented, “The Covid pandemic is an incredible challenge but also presents a unique opportunity to re-appraise the impact of the organisation of work on individuals’ well-being, that of local communities and the wider society. If we do not think outside the box now than when?”
Cheryle Britton, Founder YOLO Wellbeing, joined the broadcast from Lancashire and added, “The workplace has become so diverse and uncertain, and at YOLO Wellbeing we’re seeing first hand the impact this is having on the physical and mental health of employers and their workforce.”
Sridhar Iyengar, Head of Europe at cloud business software provider, Zoho, joined the broadcast from Holland and commented, “We welcomed the opportunity to get involved with such an important topic, especially now, when there are many changes and additional pressures which can impact everyone at work. Leaders today need to think about the holistic wellbeing of their employees both within and outside of work. We would like to urge all companies to analyse their tools, culture and leadership and make any improvements to ensure they are offering a more human approach which is more supportive and flexible. This is critical with a disparate workforce operating in a huge range of home set-ups and individual circumstances. It is only then that companies can be confident in offering true workplace wellbeing and can benefit from a happy and productive workforce, which, in turn, drives further business success during these difficult times.”
Frank Nigriello, Director of Corporate Affairs at Unipart also added, “There has never been a time when the health and safety of our colleagues at work has been more important or more difficult to protect. As we change the way we live and work, focusing on our mental wellbeing presents increasing challenges which many businesses have never before had to consider. It was great to see so many organisations from across Oxfordshire and beyond share good practice and give their time so generously in the most idyllic setting in our county, Blenheim Palace. Well done to everyone at B4 who made this such a success.”
Catch up with the full event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0fnmsVZO2k&t=1911s
Notes to Editors:
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About Studio 8 & Static Airwaves
Our team can handle the complete online live streaming experience from start to finish. Whether you are looking to stream your event, seminar, or meeting, our crew will ensure your presentation goes out in style. We can arrange a multicam or single camera set up to stream direct to your Youtube channel or Facebook page, Zoom Meeting or Virtual Event.
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The B4 ONE Series of Webinars
The full list of B4 ONE webinars is as follows:
Wednesday November 25th – EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)
Wednesday January 20th – Community Building
Wednesday March 3rd – Responsible Business
Wednesday April 21st – Sustainability
Mon 7th to Thur 10th June – B4 Xtra
If you would like to host a B4 ONE webinar, please contact B4 on 01865 742211.
“Workplace Wellbeing is more important than ever and we must do all we can to support each others businesses during this time. B4 have been a great help in keeping members & businesses connected and feeling supported.”
Jo Hart, Group Development & Marketing Manager, Mantle Business Centres
“What an exciting opportunity to be part of a new wave of live events through B4 One. I couldn’t think of a more fitting Oxfordshire venue than Blenheim Palace or a better group of inspirational speakers to work alongside. Thank you B4, as always an exceptionally seamless and well-executed event for the business community.”
Jonna Mundy, CEO, You HR
“Thank you to B4 and Blenheim Palace for organising an insightful event on a topic that is of great importance in the current climate. As many of us continue to work remotely, I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to share some practical ideas into what can help us all to stay mentally well whilst working from home.”
Kathryn Pickup, Workplace Wellbeing Trainer at Oxfordshire Mind. Oxfordshire Mind’s B4 membership was generously sponsored by Blake Morgan LLP.
“It is so important to keep the topic of wellbeing alive – especially in this climate. The B4 event at Blenheim was the perfect way of sharing best practice, experience and knowledge. The B4 team and Studio 8 were absolutely fantastic – professional and organised as usual, whilst making you feel at home and relaxed – a great space to share insights and a sense of belonging as a community- well done everyone.”
Megan Carter, Head of HR (Chartered MCIPD), Blenheim Palace