Category Archives: Blogs

Supporting employees who are also carers

Nearly 6.5m people in the UK today are carers – that figure is expected to rise to nine million by 2037. With two thirds of this number also working, Ben, the automotive charity, is trying to help employers support employees who are also carers. A total of 625,000 people suffer with mental and physical ill health as a direct consequence […]

A race to the finish

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport uses Spies Hecker products throughout the year. During the high-pressure and tight turnarounds between races, the speed of Spies Hecker comes into its own. Formula One seasons can be gruelling, and 2017 is no exception: 20 races between March and November, spread across five continents. Despite this relentless schedule, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, the three-time World Constructors’ Champions, […]

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Have you heard the story about a friend, his new pride and joy, and a scrape with a trailer? Well, here goes… Social media is a wonderful thing. When I saw a friend had posted a message requesting help with getting his new pride and joy repaired following an altercation with a trailer I couldn’t resist but to see if […]

Hats on for mental health

Hold on to your hats… Ben’s ‘Hats on 4 Mental Health Day’ automotive industry fundraiser returns on 13 October. Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life, has revealed the details of this year’s Hats on 4 Mental Health Day on 13th October, during the week of World Mental Health Day. Last year […]

Construction industry in serious need of new talent

Key trades in the construction industry are currently in short supply. According to the chief executive of The Federation of Master Builders, the industry is experiencing a serious skills shortage. ‘We’ve been experiencing a severe shortage of bricklayers and carpenters for quite some time and skills shortages are now seeping into other key trades such as roofers and plumbers. Indeed, […]

What makes a good leader

Here, Zara Ross, chief executive at Ben gives us her top 10 management tips. Leadership and management are not the same thing, but being a strong manager goes some way to being an effective leader. We will each have our own style of management, but it’s important to recognise that research shows 42% of people leave jobs because of a […]

BLOG: Why mental health is key to wellbeing

Blog by Yvonne Hignell, care and support services director, Ben There’s a lot of evidence, including within our own findings, which suggests strong links between mental health issues (eg depression and anxiety) and social challenges (like isolation and loneliness). Furthermore, the impact that these situations can have on a person’s physical health has also been well documented. Public Health England’s […]

BLOG: Five lessons from the ‘4 Pillars Challenge’

Blog by Dave Garrett, Business Change Analyst at Ben At the beginning of the year, I set myself an epic personal challenge to raise money for Ben by covering 4,000 ‘self-propelled’ miles in a year by walking, swimming, running, kayaking and cycling. This is in line with Ben’s four quarterly awareness campaigns, focused on financial, social, physical and mental health […]

BLOG: John Surtees – an appreciation

CHRIS MANN: The son of a south London motor bike shop owner John Surtees grew up with petrol in his veins, competing with his father in grass-track events in the early post war years. He soon turned to circuit racing, winning his first race at the age of 17 on a self-prepared Vincent Grey Flash. By the mid-50s and clearly […]

BLOG: The development and growth of autonomous cars

Blog by Dan Dixon, Communications Manager for Universal Components UK: The autonomous car market is expanding at an existential rate and a whole host of driverless vehicles are expected on our roads within the next five years. Critics of this innovative technology have clearly stated negative feelings towards the public launch of driverless vehicles, many fearing the safety of pedestrians, others […]

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