Melksham based Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) is celebrating after being announced as the winners of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award at the 2011 Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Awards.

The award ceremony took place at the 2011 Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Awards held at an impressive event at Salisbury City Hall on Thursday, 26 May 2011.

Competition in all categories was fierce this year with entries well up to over two hundred nominations for the nine award categories. Nearly eighty different projects or individuals were being considered by the judges.

The event was attended by some two hundred guests from across Wiltshire, including John Bush OBE KStJ, the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and John Glen, MP for Salisbury.

The audience listened to a number of presentations on health and wellbeing initiatives in the county, saw specially commissioned films about the 2010 winners and were also treated to a truly impressive display of gymnastics by the Melksham based Wiltshire School of Gymnastics.

Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) were announced as winners of the award for Workplace Health and Wellbeing. The company has its own employee health programme which is run under its well@work banner. The programme includes a wide range of real health initiatives designed to support all employees in living a healthier lifestyle; from healthy eating options in its company restaurant, to health advice clinics and health checks for all, to sponsoring, supplying equipment for and supporting employee charity cycle rides.

Commenting on the event Councillor Keith Humphries, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection Services said: “These awards have yet again demonstrated the breadth and depth of the work being undertaken in Wiltshire to improve the health and wellbeing of all those that live and work in the county. Congratulations to all the winners, they can rightly feel proud to have won. I would also like to congratulate all those who were shortlisted and nominated.

Paul Goodhand, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) added, “We are delighted and very proud to win this award. The well@work programme has become a central and important initiative within the company and this award is not only great recognition for those who have created the programme and continue to drive it forward but also for our employees who have embraced it and made it such a success.”