Husband and wife team Drs Robin and Nikki Cordell, have secured £300,000 from the Thames Valley Berkshire Funding Escalator (TVB) to further grow, develop and expand their multi-disciplinary occupational health services business.
Robin and Nikki retired from their military careers in 2013, with over 30 years’ combined experience delivering occupational health services. Embarking on civilian life, they were both keen to investigate a way in which they could continue to pursue excellence in health and wellbeing in the workplace and positively impact on the workability of people with health issues.
They established “Cordell Health,” a new type of quality occupational health service. Their business strives to deliver excellence in health and wellbeing in the workplace and to provide a positive impact for employers and employees alike. Workplaces have changed beyond recognition in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. Now more than ever it is important to ensure that relationships between the health of the employee, their working environment, and duties undertaken are safeguarded. Occupational health services are more than just an administrative task to manage sickness absence. It is ensuring employees with a health condition are fit to work after a period away from the working environment. It encompasses the physical and emotional wellbeing and mindfulness of employees undertaking their roles; be that in an office environment or remotely.
Cordell Health aims to provide a dynamic, sustainable and ethical manner when delivering their services which will in turn support organisations to provide a working environment which enables all employees to be engaged, productive and well. These key factors are provided by the exceptional, workplace health services which Cordell Health provide.
Cordell Health is SEQOHS (Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service) accredited, an award entrusted to an Occupational Health provider governed by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM), the professional and educational body for occupational medicine in UK.
Dr Nikki Cordell, Co-Founder of Cordell Health, commented “In 2016, Cordell Health re-launched as a social enterprise. Our social mission is to remove, wherever possible, barriers to employment of individuals with a disability or long-term health condition. The funding from TVB will enable us to expand our own team of healthcare experts and further the development of our services, to the benefit of our current and future clients.”
Cheryl Weeks, Head of Funds, South East for The FSE Group, commented: “Being a social enterprise is very important to Drs Robin and Nikki Cordell, who strive to make a positive difference in the workplace coupled with their vision to shift the focus from disability to ability. Cordell Health specialises in providing early intervention and expert support to HR and managers in the field of workplace health and wellbeing. It was a pleasure to be able to secure funding for the dedicated team, enabling them to reach out to more businesses ensuring they benefit from the specialist occupational support and advice.”
TVB Expansion Loan Scheme is part of TVB Funding Escalator, an £11.3m initiative funded by Thames Valley Berkshire LEP. The escalator, which also includes a Trade Finance Loan Scheme and a Growth Equity Fund, provides eligible companies with loans and equity funding between £50,000 and £300,000 for activities that will deliver high-growth and employment opportunities.