Some 360 million working days are lost annually in the UK because of stress, finds a report by the Health and Safety Executive.

It is costing UK industry about £8bn a year, says the Mental Health and Stress in the Workplace report.

Leeds-based risk managers Smithson Mason Group joined forces with law firm Eversheds to present a trio of in-house seminars to combat the growing stress menace this week

SMG director Graham Wright said: “Frequent changes to regulations in the workplace mean that businesses can put themselves at risk without realising it.”