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Starts with you and Boo make history as a leading employers for colleague wellbeing

Starts with you and Boo make history as a leading employers for colleague wellbeing

Starts with you, our social enterprise, and Boo Coaching & Consulting, another Bolton based company, are the first in the borough to be accredited for positive employment as Members of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter.

The Charter, which is supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, contains 43 Members from throughout the region, reaching over 230,000 employees. A few Members include Electricity North West, KPMG, Transport for the North and United Utilities.

The Charter recognises companies which offer good employment support and progression for local people, with each company offering real benefits to staff including secure and flexible work, paying the Real Living Wage, staff involvement in decision making, plus inclusive recruitment and creating a healthy environment for all employees.

Starts with you works to create opportunities and empower people to address challenges and access good work. It employs nearly 50 people in a range of commercial and support services, designed to create entry level jobs and help local people. The Starts with you team offers property clearance and handy persons services, creating jobs for local people, and advice services, available to members of community, including employment support, money, debt, energy efficiency and getting on-line.

Hayley Hulme, Managing Director of Starts with you, said: “As a social enterprise, we exist to improve the lives of people around us. That isn’t just limited to our customers and the people we support, but it means making sure our employees are valued in well paid jobs, which put their wellbeing first.

“The GM Good Employment Charter Accreditation is important recognition of the hard work and commitment Starts with you has put in to being an excellent employer. It gives our team the assurance that they will be treated fairly and compassionately, so that work can be a positive impact on them and their family’s lives.”

Boo Coaching & Consulting helps bosses be better and create happy, healthy workplaces in which everyone can thrive. Proudly Bolton-based the company delivers courses across the UK and beyond. The company is also a founding member of the Bolton Social Business Collective along with Starts with you and works with the Bolton Family to raise the living standards of local residents and promote employment stability.

Becci Martin, Founder and Director at Boo Coaching and Consulting, said “We have worked hard at Boo to create a healthy and happy workplace where all our team can thrive. Becoming a Good Employment Charter Member is a really big achievement for us and proves that we can do business differently - we hope that other companies in our hometown of Bolton are inspired by what Starts with you and Team Boo have achieved.”

Both companies will be awarded the certification at a presentation in the new year.

For more information about Starts with you and the local support available, visit

For more information on Boo Coaching & Consulting, visit

You can get more details on the Greater Manchester Employment Charter and Charter Members, at

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Latest TAP4 issue

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Our latest issue of TAP4 (issue 8) has landed and you can read it by clicking here.

In this issue:

  • Friendly faces in familiar places - Bolton Manbassadors
  • Tips from Tom to help with rising energy costs
  • Be aware of doorstep fraudsters
  • Your home repairs - we're getting back on track
  • Introducing Aptem
  • How we're improving our complaints system
  • Support for Bolton's street homeless - Hope for Change
  • A fresh start - giving support to people leaving hospital
  • Our staff talk you through Air Source Heat Pumps
  • "Money Advice has been an absolute lifelife"
  • Recognise your community heroes - Stars of the Community Awards 2022
  • Providing opportunities for young people

Your latest Quarter Turn issue

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Your latest Quarter Turn issue:

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Each quarter, we send our printed Quarter Turn magazine to 4,800 customers living in our sheltered and extra care schemes, those receiving Careline and living in our general let and over 70s in our general let.