Railway roots influence health plan

A Nantwich care firm has chosen award-winning Crewe-based Health Cash Plan provider Health Shield to provide its employees with a cost-effective health benefit that is easy to implement and is trusted by more than 300,000 people.

Health Shield, originally formed to serve railway workers, has given its members peace of mind since 1877. The non-profit Friendly Society is based on Electra Way on Crewe’s successful business park.

Side by Side Care, based at the Barony Business Park, provide home-based care to clients across Cheshire. The company has grown quickly and staff numbers have trebled in the last twelve months.

Company director Neil Smith started life as an apprentice at Crewe Works in the 1980s and remembers fondly the health care plans that he and many other workers enjoyed while working in the railway industry.

He said: “Giving people access to good healthcare is vital and removing some of the worry about paying for treatment is a huge bonus.

“When I worked for the railway it was great knowing that check-ups, eye tests and dental work would be covered, and that you had no sudden bills to pay.

“As Health Shield has its origins in Crewe and I used their services as an apprentice, it was the obvious choice as we looked at companies who could support our growing team with their everyday health care costs.

“Our staff particularly like the online My Wellness service that helps people seek the appropriate health care they need. The website gives advice, offers counselling and provides discounts on shopping and travel.

“We believe in having a partnership with our staff, offering genuine support and peace of mind in their personal life. It gives a healthy work-life balance.”

Health Shield CEO, Jonathan Burton, was delighted that another local company chose one of Health Shield’s cash plans to support its workforce.

He said: “A returning customer is a huge compliment to the service we provide. We are absolutely delighted that Neil enjoyed such a good experience of Health Shield during his apprenticeship days that he thought of us first, now as a director looking out for the wellbeing of his staff.

“It is also great to hear that the staff at Side by Side Care value the services available via My Wellness, which complements the traditional Health Cash Plan benefits. The more our services are used and valued, the happier and healthier the workforce.

“We pride ourselves on making health and wellness support more accessible to an ever-increasing number of companies, whilst staying true to our roots, recruiting locally and supporting the region. Neil’s endorsement is testament to this.”

Side by Side Care is currently expanding and recruiting experienced Care Givers to support clients around Crewe and Nantwich. For details visit www.sidebysidecare.com.


News release issued w/c 20/11/2017

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