Welcome to the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce blog! As a thriving community of businesses and entrepreneurs, we continuously seek opportunities to foster growth, collaboration, and wellbeing among our members. We are excited to announce an upcoming networking event on July 16th, featuring a special presentation by Karen Wheeler, a representative of the Essex Wellbeing Service. This event promises to be an invaluable opportunity for businesses in Essex to learn about the benefits and support offered by the Working Well program. Join us as we delve into the details of this event and the significant advantages it offers to our local business community.

Event Overview

Date: July 16, 2024
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Football Club, Upland Rd, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL

The Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event that will bring together business owners, managers, and professionals from various industries. This evening event is designed to provide an informal yet structured environment for attendees to connect, share experiences, and explore potential collaborations.

Special Presentation by Karen Wheeler

One of the highlights of the evening will be a presentation by Karen Wheeler, a distinguished member of the Essex Wellbeing Service. Karen will introduce attendees to the Working Well program, an initiative aimed at enhancing workplace health and wellbeing across Essex, with the exception of Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock.

About Karen Wheeler

Karen Wheeler brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of workplace wellbeing. As a key figure within the Essex Wellbeing Service, she has dedicated her career to promoting health and wellness in the workplace. Her insights and expertise make her an ideal speaker to address the business community about the importance of integrating wellbeing practices into their daily operations.

The Working Well Program

The Working Well program, part of the Essex Wellbeing Service, is a comprehensive initiative designed to support businesses in fostering a healthier and more productive workforce. This program provides Essex businesses with free workplace health and wellbeing support, addressing various aspects of employee wellbeing, including mental health, physical health, and overall work-life balance.

Key Components of the Working Well Program

  1. Mental Health Support
    • Workshops and Training: The program offers workshops and training sessions focused on mental health awareness, stress management, and resilience building. These sessions are tailored to meet the needs of different businesses and their employees.
    • Counseling Services: Access to professional counseling services for employees dealing with personal or work-related challenges. These services aim to provide a confidential and supportive environment for individuals to seek help.
  2. Physical Health Initiatives
    • Health Checks: Regular health check-ups and screenings are available to monitor employees’ physical health and identify potential issues early.
    • Fitness Programs: The program promotes physical activity through organized fitness classes, team sports, and individual exercise plans.
  3. Work-Life Balance
    • Flexible Working Arrangements: Encouraging businesses to adopt flexible working arrangements that allow employees to balance their professional and personal lives more effectively.
    • Wellbeing Days: Designating specific days for wellbeing activities, such as mindfulness sessions, nutrition workshops, and outdoor activities.
  4. Nutritional Guidance
    • Healthy Eating Workshops: Providing information and resources on healthy eating habits and nutrition. Workshops may include cooking demonstrations, meal planning, and dietary advice.
    • On-site Cafeteria Revamps: Assisting businesses in creating healthier food options in their on-site cafeterias or vending machines.
  5. Stress Reduction Techniques
    • Mindfulness and Meditation: Offering sessions on mindfulness and meditation practices to help employees manage stress and improve focus.
    • Time Management Training: Training employees in effective time management techniques to reduce workplace stress and increase productivity.

Benefits of Attending the Event

Attending the July 16th networking event and Karen Wheeler’s presentation offers numerous benefits for business owners and professionals in Essex:

  1. Valuable Insights: Gain a deeper understanding of the Working Well program and how it can be implemented to improve workplace health and wellbeing.
  2. Networking Opportunities: Connect with other local business leaders, share experiences, and explore potential collaborations.
  3. Expert Advice: Receive practical advice from Karen Wheeler on how to integrate wellbeing practices into your business operations.
  4. Resource Access: Learn about the free resources and support available through the Essex Wellbeing Service to help your business thrive.
  5. Enhanced Productivity: Discover how improving employee wellbeing can lead to increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and a more positive work environment.

Why Workplace Wellbeing Matters

The importance of workplace wellbeing cannot be overstated. A healthy and happy workforce is crucial for the success of any business. Here are some key reasons why focusing on employee wellbeing is essential:

  1. Increased Productivity: Employees who feel supported and valued are more likely to be engaged and productive in their roles.
  2. Reduced Absenteeism: By addressing physical and mental health issues proactively, businesses can reduce the number of sick days taken by employees.
  3. Improved Employee Retention: A positive work environment and a focus on wellbeing can help attract and retain top talent.
  4. Enhanced Company Reputation: Businesses that prioritize employee wellbeing often enjoy a better reputation and are seen as desirable places to work.
  5. Better Workplace Relationships: Wellbeing initiatives can foster stronger relationships among employees, leading to better teamwork and collaboration.

How to Register

To secure your spot at this exciting event, please follow these steps:

  1. Book online with Event Bright

Preparing for the Event

To make the most of the networking event and Karen Wheeler’s presentation, consider the following tips:

  1. Bring Business Cards: Networking events are a great opportunity to exchange contact information. Ensure you have plenty of business cards to share.
  2. Prepare Questions: Think about any specific questions you may have regarding the Working Well program or workplace wellbeing in general. This will help you engage more effectively during the presentation.
  3. Arrive Early: Arriving early will give you time to settle in, grab a refreshment, and start networking before the formal presentation begins.
  4. Engage Actively: Be open to meeting new people and engaging in conversations. Networking events are about building relationships and sharing knowledge.
  5. Follow Up: After the event, take the time to follow up with any new contacts you made. A quick email or LinkedIn connection can help solidify new relationships.


The July 16th networking event hosted by the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce is set to be an enriching and informative evening for all attendees. Karen Wheeler’s presentation on the Working Well program is a unique opportunity for businesses in Essex to learn about the free workplace health and wellbeing support available to them. By attending, you’ll gain valuable insights, connect with local business leaders, and discover practical ways to enhance the wellbeing of your employees.

Don’t miss out on this chance to invest in the health and productivity of your workforce. Register today and join us for an evening of networking, learning, and growth. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and to register for the event, please visit Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce Events.

About Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce

The Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting local businesses and fostering a vibrant business community. Through a range of events, resources, and advocacy efforts, we aim to create an environment where businesses can thrive. Join us to connect with like-minded professionals, access valuable resources, and contribute to the economic growth of our region.