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Brunel for Business - Wellbeing in SMEs: A New Normal?

Brunel for Business- Health and Well being

Brunel for Business - Webinar Series: Opportunities and Resilience in Times of Crisis


Wellbeing in SMEs: A New Normal?

The need for enhancement of health and wellbeing among SMEs and their employees is increasingly well recognised. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new challenges beyond financial considerations, including safety, job security, improving health and well-being and productivity issues. This webinar will explore ideas and discuss possible solutions for new ways of working and sharing emerging practice. 


Dr Onkar Sahota AM is a practising physician and has chaired the London Assembly Health Committee since 2013. He was elected to London Assembly for Ealing and Hillingdon in May 2012 and is Deputy Leader of the Labour Group. He currently sits on the London Assembly Oversight and Budget & Performance Committees and has previously served on the Economy and Environment Committees. Onkar champions research on workplace wellbeing issues and solutions and organ donation within the London BAME community. He also supports activities that promote best practice within the UK’s healthcare system to emerging markets.

Dr Wendy Martin is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London and contributes to the MSc Public Health and Health Promotion. Her research focuses on health and wellbeing; ageing, the digital and everyday life; and the use of creative and digital methods in ageing research. Dr Martin will present preliminary findings from a small participatory project (pre-covid), funded by Productivity Insights Network (PIN), that explored health and wellbeing from the perspectives of SMEs. This will include the emergent themes: (1) Stress and Wellbeing; (2) Relationships; (3) Environment; and (4) Culture and Values.
Ash Verma is a former British Civil Servant and has held senior leadership and advisory positions across various areas of Government policy during his long career. Ash has led public/private sector funded economic development and regeneration programmes and initiatives in the Heathrow Airport and North Kensington and Shepherds Bush areas. He has also contributed to the development of race relations and equal opportunities, enterprise and entrepreneurship, skills and jobs, and SME support policies and programmes nationally, in London and inner cities areas.
Professor Robert Holdway is Professor Associate, Brunel University London College of Engineering Design & Physical Sciences and Innovation Director for Co-Innovate – an innovation support programme for London based SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups to achieve business growth through collaboration with Brunel’s world class academic expertise, knowledge assets and facilities. Rob is also Founder (1998) and Director of award winning environmental and innovation consultancy Giraffe Innovation Ltd. 


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