Spread a little happiness to prosper, business guru Mark tells audience

28 Jul 2023

A happy workforce is the secret of a profitable enterprise, one of the UK’s captains of industry told his audience at special event organised by the University of Winchester’s Business School.

Lord Mark Price, a former Managing Director of Waitrose and one-time government trade minister, was the keynote speaker at July’s meeting of the University’s Help to Grow Management Alumni.

Six years ago, Mark founded WorkL – a digital platform aimed at making the world of work a happier place and so improve employee retention and productivity.

Mark laid out the six key steps to creating a happy, engaged and productive workforce:

On a personal level, Mark explained how he kept a journal which he wrote at the end of the day. Getting all his thoughts down on paper ensured a good night’s sleep, he told his audience of more than 100 at the University’s West Downs Centre.

Mark was welcomed to Winchester by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sarah Greer, who said: “We are delighted to welcome Lord Price to the University to share his experience of decades of an illustrious career at a senior level in business.

"The University’s Business School is committed to building more opportunities for SMEs and local entrepreneurs to develop and grow. Lord Price’s insights offer us a valuable opportunity to learn from one of the very best.”

Sarah Moore-Williams, the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Digital Technology then introduced the Help to Grow Management Programme, which is run at the University and open to businesses.

The audience included Help to Grow participants and Alumni as well as members of the public.

Guests enjoyed networking after Mark’s talk.

About Help to Grow

Help to Grow: Management is an executive development course accredited by the Small Business Charter, with one-to-one business mentor support throughout.

The 12-week course is aimed at decision makers in senior roles at SMEs.

It covers key areas of leadership including strategies for growth and innovation, leading for high performance, financial management and approaches to digital adoption.

The programme is 90 per cent subsidised by the Government and the University currently funds the remaining 10 per cent to support local businesses.

To find out more and secure a place on the next course cohort at Winchester, visit: https://h2gm-winchester.co.uk/

Pictured above (from left): Profess Sarah Greer, Vice-Chancellor of University of Winchester; Lord Mark Price; James Valentine, owner and founder of Kohera Ltd and visiting executive on the Help to Grow Management programme; Sarah Moore-Williams, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Digital Technologies; Paul Bennett Visiting Executive on Help to Grow; and Dr Stella McKnight, Dean of Apprenticeships and Director Help to Grow Management Programme.

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