Symposium success - getting Britain to tackle unhealthy offices

After months of behind-the-scenes planning and development, our brand new free event - The Workplace Health Symposium - hit the road for the first time this April, visiting six key locations across the UK.

Collage of people at our Workplace Health Symposium

The UK tour

It all kicked off at Liverpool’s Maritime Museum in the famous Albert Dock on Thursday April 14, and concluded in London’s St Martin's in the Field two weeks later after stop-offs at Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Bristol, where the lucky delegates were treated to a trip around the zoo (it's a hard life).

Two male lions

Jamie Hall, Director and Head of London & South East said: "The London event was an excellent day with nearly 100 attendees for all 4 sessions. The feedback from clients on World Heath & Safety day  was really positive and  many commented that the topics were all very relevant to them and the companies they represented."

Check out our video of the London event...

Inspiring talks

Our mission with the free symposiums was to inspire people to make healthy changes to their workplaces. We invited expert speakers to give presentations that tackled some of the most current issues in modern business.

Some questions our experts tackled included:

  • How is office work changing in the modern age?
  • Why should health matter to employers?
  • How can agile working help boost productivity?
  • What is the sit-stand revolution all about?
  • Where does mental health come into all of this?
  • How can health and safety affect the profitability of your business?

Commenting on the new educational format of the event, Geoff Thompson, UK Sales Director, said: "The talks went down really well. It was great to see delegates getting involved, asking lots of questions and engaging in the new ideas we were presenting.

"We understand that when training budgets are tight, any chance to gain professional development at no cost is hugely valuable - especially when the quality of training is so high. Many of you approached me to say you would be taking everything you learnt on-board to try to make positive changes in your workplaces. This is great news and we hope to hear from many of you soon."

People listening to one of our talks at our Workplace Health Symposium

Professional networking

We were delighted to see that hundreds of you took the time out of your working week to come to our events. With so many business owners, managers and professionals from HR and health and safety in the room - what better opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas and business cards?

Delegates mingling at the Workplace Health Symposium

There were lots of networking opportunities between talks, with plenty of tea, coffee, and a healthy lunch to keep delegates well-fuelled for the day. All completely free of charge for all attendees.

Buffet food on offer at the Workplace Health Symposium

Product demonstrations

All our attendees were invited to wander at leisure around an exhibition of some of our most popular ergonomic products. With so much hype surrounding sit-stand desks, this was a fantastic opportunity for people to try them out and seem what all the fuss was about for themselves.

We also showcased our famous Penguin mouse, which is currently taking the world by storm and selling successfully in well over 30 countries across the globe.

Penguin mouse demonstration

What you were saying

Thanks to everyone who offered feedback! Here's just some of the comments we received:

"All the questions I can't answer have been answered at this event. It gives a clearer perspective on the DSE assessments I conduct."

"The staff are always courteous, professional and most importantly, interested in your questions."

"All the talks were very interesting and informative."

"As a direct result I have recommended equipment from Posturite because I'm certain of the quality."

"Always found the staff at Posturite to be both knowledgeable and approachable."

Top tweets

We also asked you to join the conversation on twitter by including the hashtag #posturitesymposium in your tweets. Here's just some of the things you were saying:

A helpful physio demonstrates the Varidesk we had on display at the London symposium...


David Kirtley's active working talk had some fans...


There was an electric atmosphere in Edinburgh...


Thanks to Nathan for this great shot of the Discovery Museum Great Hall in Newcastle!


A big thank you

Thank you to everyone who came along and made the brand new symposiums such a success. Feedback so far has been fantastic but if you'd like to add anything or suggest improvements, please get in touch.