Positive workplace culture is essential to small business productivity, as toxic cultures are estimated to cost the UK economy an eye-watering £15.7 billion per year.

This month, Bays Consulting have joined a growing community of businesses, who are showing their investment in creating a positive workplace culture for their team by joining the Breathe Culture Pledge.

The Pledge is a promise to put our people first, invest in our success, super-charge employee engagement – and ultimately drive our business forward. To date, more than 500 UK small businesses have signed the Pledge. Cloud-based software provider, Breathe, launched the Pledge in 2018.

Workplace culture is an essential aspect of business strategy and key to creating an inclusive, progressive environment which supports employees and recognises their achievements. This is key to productivity, people’s happiness, personal development and therefore business success.

Recent research conducted by Breathe revealed that in 2019, toxic company culture cost the UK economy more than £15.7 billion.

Dr Sophie Carr, owner and Managing Director of Bays Consulting, commented: “We believe our people are the lifeblood of the business and central to our ongoing success. By joining the Breathe Culture Pledge, we are proudly acknowledging our investment and the responsibility all businesses have in terms of creating a progressive workplace where employees feel valued and appreciated.”

Congratulating Sophie on signing the Pledge, Breathe’s CEO, Jonathan Richards said: “Having joined the Pledge, Bays Consulting is joining a like-minded community of businesses who are all on a mission to support their people and put them first. Small businesses make a huge contribution to the UK economy and those who actively invest in their company culture are also making a positive difference to people’s lives.”