A LONG-ESTABLISHED and well-known Kendal business has opened a a new cutting-edge gym facility to boost the physical and mental well-being of its staff.

James Cropper PLC, an international advanced materials and paper products group based in Burneside, opened the gym this week, which is open 7 days a week for all employees from 4 am to 11pm and is part of a £1million investment into an ongoing improvement of the company facilities over the next 12 months. 

Lancashire fitness solution provider, Gym Gear, worked with the James Cropper team to design and install the new James Cropper Fitness Centre, providing a range of machines including cardio equipment, strength-based equipment, and free weights. 

Phil Wild, James Cropper CEO, said: "James Cropper cares passionately about its employees, and we are proud of our sustainable manufacturing and responsible business practices. 

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"As part of our mission to drive change, we identified employee well-being as a priority objective, and we are dedicated to building a workplace environment that enhances the wellbeing of our people.

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"We support our employee’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing - balancing their work and personal responsibilities to help them to work safely and effectively.

"We know that when people are healthy and well, they are able to contribute more - whether that’s to their families, their work, or society at large."

Chris Finnigan, Business Development Manager at Gym Gear said: "As a fitness solution provider, we are experiencing growth in the need for workplace gyms.

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"Forward-thinking businesses, like James Cropper, are understanding that as that the majority of workers can spend up to three-quarters of their day sat down, this can contribute to a range of preventable health conditions, so it is important, if not essential, to offer where possible, a convenient way to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives."  

The Gym Team at James Cropper, said: "It’s a wow from us! 

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"The gym looks perfect for the space and is fabulously equipped.

"The first impression from people we’ve taken in there is that they expected something like a hotel gym and are then blown away by the facility we have installed, which is a properly equipped gym covering the needs of all potential users."