Heron Bros Ltd ‘Starts Smart’ when it comes to employee’s health and wellbeing - Business In The Community

Heron Bros Ltd ‘Starts Smart’ when it comes to employee’s health and wellbeing

Heron Bros Ltd is a leading project development and construction company operating across the UK, Ireland and Europe.


Over 200 employees support the delivery of a range of projects for clients from education to regeneration projects. Combing its traditional values with an advanced innovative approach, Heron Bros prides itself on delivering excellence in project value, quality and client satisfaction.

What Heron Bros Ltd did

Heron Bros recognises that its people are the lifeblood of its business and places their health, safety and wellbeing high on its corporate agenda. The ‘Start Smart’ programme is the firm’s health and wellbeing strategy formalising its commitment to improving the performance of the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

An overarching aim of the ‘Start Smart’ strategy involved encouraging employees to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing through effective health promotion programmes and initiatives. Employees are encouraged to seek health services with time off allowed for appointments and checks, and the company has invested in providing good working conditions for its employees with comfortable offices, ergonomic office furniture and excellent welfare facilities.

The company also set up a Workplace Health Team which holds a representative from each area of its business. A workplace survey was carried out in 2013 which informed plans for initiatives and shaped changes made to workplace practices according to the concerns of employees.

Impacts and outcomes

  • 90% of staff given High Performance Culture training
  • Reduced accidents
  • Reduced levels of absenteeism
  • Scored 46 out of 50 in Considerate Constructors Scheme inspection in 2016
  • To find out more, email caroline.hughes@heronbros.com