Nicola and Anne met at the Health and Wellbeing action group set up for the Bristol 2015 European Green capital year. They helped create the Bristol Healthy city week and worked with health professionals from many sectors of the city. They both see an essential need for a change of approach from the old reactive style of 'healthcare', dealing with the problems once they exist, to a new more proactive way of looking at things and trying to prevent the problems before they arise.
Nicola currently works for Stride Treglown as their HR & Wellbeing Manager. It has been her responsibility to create their wellbeing programme from scratch and in June 2015 they became the first Bristol organisation to achieve the top award of excellence in all 8 standards of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. In 2016 they also won Happy & Healthy Go Green Award 2016. She also works with the charity organisation Bristol Mind.
Anne is the co founder of ATTIC teas and in June 2013, ATTIC were invited to do their first 'workplace tea clinic' to introduce employees to the benefits of drinking teas to improve energy, digestion, mood and concentration and reduce their caffeine intake. It was here that the seed was planted to create a 'positive' initiative to help companies encourage the best from their employees using the skills of local people and businesses who offer great solutions for those at work.
Nine to Thrive was inspired by creating a service to bridge their two worlds:
- The world of HR and occupational health where there is the growing expectation to promote a better health and wellbeing culture in our businesses, informing employees of the positive choices available, even though we may have a limited budget, few if any resources and invariably, some company resistance. And;
- The world of being a service provider that can offer great solutions to common problems in the modern workplace.