SMEs are vital to our economy - government figures have reported that there were 5.4 million SMEs in the UK in 2016, representing 99% of all businesses.

However, Work Foundation report from 2015* found that the day-to-day pressures of running an SME may leave SME owners, particularly those without any other managerial support, with little capacity to consider employee health in a strategic or even a reactive way.

So how can we equip and empower SMEs with the tools to help them improve health and wellbeing in the workplace?

This webinar, hosted by COVER magazine and Bupa, will feature an expert panel who will be discussing the following areas:

1) What internal and external sources of uncertainty/risks are SMEs facing?
2) What are the greatest health and wellbeing risks to SMEs?
3) What are SMEs currently doing to look after employee wellbeing?
4) How much of a priority is employee mental health to SMES?
5) How do SMEs want insurers and intermediaries to support their employees?

The webinar is live and interactive so you will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in live opinion polls to share your views on these issues.

*The Work Foundation report, ‘This Won’t Hurt a Bit: Supporting small business to be healthy, wealthy and wise’ (2015) was co-authored by Libby McEnhill and Karen Steadman

Presenters

Patrick Watt

Patrick Watt, Corporate Director, Bupa UK

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Patrick Watt joined Bupa UK as Corporate Director in July 2012. He is a member of the Bupa UK Leadership Team with responsibility for managing and developing Bupa’s corporate and SME business. He also sits on the executive teams for both the UK Insurance and Health Services businesses. Patrick has extensive experience of advising leading organisations on wellbeing and has also led the development of Bupa Boost, an innovative mobile application to engage millions of people in their health. Earlier this year Patrick became the Global Practice Lead for Workplace Heath and Wellbeing to lead the overall Wellbeing agenda at Bupa.
Patrick is a member of the BITC Wellbeing at Work Leadership Team and chairs their Mental Health subcommittee, partnering with leading businesses to open up the conversation around mental health and tackle the stigma that is prevalent in workplaces today. He is also a board director of Mindapples, an organisation which encourages people to look after their mental health to improve resilience and productivity.
Prior to joining Bupa, Patrick was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International and Head of Health and Wellness for EMEA and India. This included developing Goldman Sachs’ health and wellbeing strategy and managing its various health and fitness operations. Previously he worked at Mercer in a number of general management and consulting roles, advising companies on the design and management of their health and wellbeing programmes.
Patrick is a regular speaker and commentator on health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on digital health and mental health, and regularly speaks about the important role businesses can play in this space.

Stuart Scullion

Executive Chairman, AMII

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Stuart Scullion has been a well known face in the PMI industry for more than two decades as both an Insurer and an Intermediary.

He was Managing Director of The Private Health Partnership, one of the UK’s largest intermediary firms, for five years before the business was acquired by Punter Southall Group in 2014. He became Commercial Director at Punter Southall Health & Protection, a position he held until March 2017.

He became Honorary Chairman of the Association of Medical Insurers & Intermediaries (AMII) in March 2015 and took on the role of Executive Chair in March 2017.

He strongly advocates the AMII Code of Ethics & Conduct and the raising of professional standards by qualification.

He is a past Chairman of the Association of Medical Expenses Insurers (AMEI) and has previously been an executive member of the BIBA PMI Focus Group.

In October 2016 he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Health Insurance Awards.

Stuart is a regular speaker on the health & wellbeing issues at industry seminars and events.

Fiona Murphy

Editor, COVER

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Fiona is the Editor of COVER magazine. She is responsible for enhancing its digital presence and further strengthening its position as the leading magazine in the protection market. Fiona first joined incisivemedia in the editorial trainee scheme where she wrote news and features for COVER's sister title Retirement Planner - covering pensions, long-term care and other IFA issues. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and Language, Fiona was at employee benefits consultancy Buck Consultants for 2 years as part of a team consulting on group private medical insurance and group risk benefits.

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