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North West firm adopts 4-day working week after trial’s ‘overwhelming success’

A North West firm has adopted a four-day working week across the entire business after its trial period proved to be an “overwhelming success”.

Greater Manchester-based Belmont Packaging, which specialises in plain and printed corrugated cardboard packaging solutions, has joined a growing trend of businesses adopting the new approach to working.

Belmont and its e-commerce business, Boxed-Up, began trialling the four-day working week in their manufacturing department in late 2019 with the aim of “giving staff more time to focus on themselves, their mental health and their loved ones”.

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The change proved a “big hit” – and is being rolled out to the rest of the Wigan business’ 31 staff from September 20.

Commercial manager Gareth Rollo said: “As well as valuing our customers, business trade partners and suppliers we also value our biggest assets, the employees whose hard work, commitment and dedication make our business the success it is.

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“In order to further recognise this, and to lead the way in employee health and wellbeing, we are delighted to announce an industry-leading change to ways of working which is intended to give our employees a better work-life balance while allowing us to continue giving our customers the first-class products and service they are accustomed to.”

The move comes after recent polls proved the majority of the UK working population would prefer a four-day working week, with a trial currently taking place in Scotland.

But it’s clearly not for everyone – and last week, a North West business owner took to LinkedIn to vent her “controversial” views on the debate – saying that for small firms, “every single person counts”.

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