Pillary BarnKent’s Pillory Barn Events is celebrating after staging a pioneering and unique event.

The agency joined forces with one of their clients, Water Wellbeing, to put on The Wellbeing Symposium on 3rd October 2012.

The two came together to stage the South East’s first wellbeing event and plans are already in place to do it again next year.

Event management including stage design and construction, audio/visuals and timetabling, along with branding, web design, PR, literature and social media were taken care of by Pillory Barn, based in Maidstone.

Pillory Barn is used to staging events for their clients – with past ones including The Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBAs) and Pride in Medway Awards. This is the first time they have built their own event from scratch.

The event brought together experts in the field of workplace wellbeing, each giving employers snippets of information and tools to identify workplace ill health, deal with it effectively in terms of the individuals’ needs as well as the cost to the business.

Speakers, workshops and demonstrations for the all-day event at Kent Showground in Detling were sourced and invited from the contacts and client list of health and wellbeing expert Ben McGannan and his team at Water Wellbeing in Marden.

Roger Hills, director of Pillory Barn Creative Agency, said:

“It’s great that two Kent companies are so ahead in bringing this subject to a symposium as large as the one we have just put on together.”

“Wellbeing is important and is going to become a dominant factor for employers who want to get the best from their staff and by spending their money wisely on looking after them, they will.”

“This event gave our delegates so many ideas, tools, contacts and information about health and wellbeing and we hope next year they will come back to find out the latest developments in this field.”

The headline speaker for the day was Professor Dame Carol Black, the government’s advisor and author of an independent review of sickness absence.

She is an expert advisor on health and work to the Department of Health and consultant advisor on health to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Her attendance and input at the event gave instant credibility to what is hoped to become annual, which people will come to regard as the most important workplace wellbeing event on the calendar.

Speakers from the Kent included the director of Public Health, Meradin Peachey, and the county NHS head of health and wellbeing Abi Mogridge during the morning session.

The afternoon session saw 12 workshops running in three different areas, along with a relaxation zone running various activities.

If you would like to be involved with the event next year, contact Pillory Barn on 01622 684407.


Pillory Barn

Pillory Barn events is part of Pillory Barn Creative Communications Agency. Established in 1993 the agency offers integrated marketing services across advertising, brand, digital, PR, events, design and exhibitions. Cleints include Eurotunnel, Kent County Council, Brachers Law, Visit Kent and MPW Insurance Brokers.


Media Contacts:

Rachael Webb – Pillory Barn – 01622684407 –

Sarah Hawes – Pillory Barn – 01622684407 –


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