Firm pays for breakfast, lunch and the gym to help staff with cost of living crisis

Breakfast, lunch and even the gym are on the house for staff at a Gloucestershire insurance firm as it seeks to help mitigate the impact of rising inflation.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published
Staff at Kingsbridge Insurance can enjoy a raft of measures introduced by the firm to help support them through the cost of living crisis.

Staff at Kingsbridge Insurance get a free breakfast and lunch every day as well as two sessions at the gym weekly, courtesy of their employer, as the firm looks to help its employees through the cost of living crisis.

These are just some of the measures to help mitigate the impact of inflation on its staff implemented by the Tewkesbury Business Park-based firm, which employs an estimated 100 staff, has 50,000 customers and turned over £12.5 million last year.

Paul Havenhand, chief executive officer at Kingsbridge, which provides specialist insurance, consulting and financial services to the UK’s contractor and freelancer workforce, said: ‘We take the welfare of our employees very seriously, and staff morale is important to us.

‘With the cost-of-living biting everywhere, we wanted to show them some extra support where we can.

‘As well as the breakfast and lunch provisions, we have also introduced a number of other benefits such as extra holiday allowance from January 2023, rising from 22 to 25 days a year.’

The firm has also launched what it calls 'Perkbox', which allows employees to find and use discounted goods, services and exercise classes, as well as access materials and articles to help with their wellbeing. A number of mental health first-aiders are also on hand for support.

Other perks aimed at making daily working life a better experience for all include a well-stocked lounge for time away from the desk, complete with comfy chairs, a 'take-a-book/leave-a-book' library, and games such as table football, ping pong and an arcade machine.

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