Why sustainability can drive business success


by Elizabeth Edgington, head of marketplace sustainability, Business in the Community (BITC), England East

Companies who embrace sustainability and who act responsibly have the edge in business.

They tend to be stronger, healthier and trusted by stakeholders, with robust balance sheets and ambitious growth plans.

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Beating the winter blues: five tips for coping with SAD – guest post

Winter Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder

When the clocks go back many of us may feel the urge to retreat under our duvets. For around two million people in the UK who suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), coping with the winter months is a real challenge.

SAD is a form of depression that affects people during a particular season, although most people experience it over the winter when it is colder and there is less natural light. Almost 20% of people in the UK experience SAD with 2% suffering from extreme symptoms that can make everyday living unbearable.

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Schools Out – 5 tips for taking the stress out of the school holidays


TouchstoneGuest Blog by Touchstone

The schools are breaking up and children’s excitement is mounting at having 6 whole weeks without school.

But what about the parents? For some the summer holidays can be stressful, exhausting – and expensive.

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7 steps to develop a habit for good health – guest blog post from Touchstone

steps, exercise, bayford foundation

At the Foundation, we’re great believers in the importance of a work/life balance.

If adopting a healthy lifestyle sounds appealing to you, we’ve got an inspirational story from local mental health charity Touchstone to galvanise you into action!

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How volunteering boosts health, confidence and employability skills

Nafisa Miraf, Touchstone Volunteers Project

Nafisa Miraf, Touchstone Volunteers Project

Guest blog by Nafisa Miraf, Touchstone Volunteers Project

A new survey to mark national Volunteers’ Week reveals that four in five people say volunteering boosts health while six out of 10 individuals report that giving up time to help a good cause helps to reduce stress.

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How to lift your mood – quickly!


We’re always looking to recruit and employ positive and upbeat people at our foundation and you may have read our posts on keeping positive, fitness tips and healthy eating ideas.

‘Can do’ people are great for boosting business morale and effectiveness and our guest blog is from Jane Bytheway – a success coach who works with business owners, managers and their teams, helping them achieve real results.

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Set your peddle power in motion with cycling legend Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson, Electric Bike, Tour de France

Like the rest of Yorkshire, we’re all very proud and excited in the countdown to Le Grand Depart spearheaded by Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Gary Verity.

At The Bayford Foundation where our bootcamp training programmes are creating jobs in the energy industry we champion a work/life balance through providing holistic and active workshops including; yoga, boxing and voice training.

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Be yourself : storming tips from sales supremo Nicky Pattinson

Nicky Pattinson

Our guest blog is from Nicky Pattinson – an international sales guru turned inspirational speaker.

Nicky has been a supporter of the Bayford Foundation since the beginning, inspiring our recruits to be the best they can be at the ICan event alongside Richard McCann, Andrew Walker and Billy Schwer.

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Top tips on looking after yourself from our inspirational guest blogger and author Nina Joy

Nina Joy

In 2012 guest blogger Nina Joy, speaker and author of The Adventures of a Cancer Maverick, received the shocking news that she had incurable breast cancer and her life expectancy was less than 12 months. Nina could have become just another statistic, but she couldn’t and wouldn’t just sit back and accept the inevitable. Nina felt she had been training for this all her life. She has over 25 years’ experience in financial services and has faced many challenging projects and situations. The skills developed during that time now came into their own. She knew exactly what she needed to do….. defy the odds, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

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