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Denplan, the UK’s leading dental payment plan provider, has welcomed the recent announcement of a tax on the UK sugary soft drinks industry. Denplan’s Deputy Chief Dental Officer, Dr Henry Clover, commented: “We’re pleased that the Government has listened to the scientific evidence and advice from various campaign groups, as well as the wishes of thousands of members of the general public, and taken appropriate action to implement a levy on the production of sugary soft drinks – a leading factor of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.
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Bupa joins world leaders to call for concerted efforts to halt the global cancer epidemic

doctorBupa, the global health and care company, has joined 250 leaders from government, UN agencies, academia, private sector and civil society at the 2015 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS), organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), in Istanbul. To be discussed are the urgent actions needed to scale up international collaboration and reduce premature deaths from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), by a third within the next 15 years.
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Aviva launches new group protection proposition

Group ProtectionAviva is now one of the leading workplace insurance providers in the UK since its acquisition of Friends Life in April 2015. Since then, work has been ongoing to build a new Group Protection offering that takes advantage of the extensive expertise from both companies. Steve Bridger, Managing Director Group Protection at Aviva, said: “We want to offer our clients and members the best possible security and support when they need it most and the proposition we have created does exactly that.
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Unum acquires National Dental Plan

DentistUnum has announced the acquisition, pending regulatory approval, of National Dental Plan (NDP), a leading provider of dental insurance through the workplace. This adds a valuable offering to the Unum portfolio of employee benefits products and services. Unum acquired NDP from Capita plc, in a deal worth £31.7M. NDP is the latest in a wider expansion of the Unum portfolio in the UK, which started with the introduction of Sick Pay Insurance in 2013.
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Hike in over-55s’ income gives a boost to their social lives and saving habits

savingA 30% increase during the last four years in the typical monthly income of Britain’s over-55s is helping revive their social lives and savings habits, the latest edition of Aviva’s Real Retirement Report shows. The report – which has tracked personal finances among over-55s before, at and during retirement since 2010 – reveals that monthly spending on entertainment, recreation and holidays has grown by 66% from Q1 2011 to Q1 2015 as inflationary pressures on older households’ budgets have eased. The typical over-55 is also saving more than four times as much each month than they were four years ago (£75 vs. £17).
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AXA UK delighted to receive CMA approval for acquisition of Simplyhealth PMI business

AXA UK has received clearance from the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for the acquisition of Simplyhealth’s private medical insurance (PMI) business. The acquisition, announced in May, will see AXA PPP healthcare acquire the private medical insurance (PMI) business of Simplyhealth. Following today’s clearance, completion of the acquisition is expected to be 1 August.
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AXA PPP healthcare recognised as Green World Ambassador


AXA PPP healthcare has been recognised as a Green World Ambassador by The Green Organisation for its programme of environmental commitment. This new accolade, which comes as part of the Green Apple Awards, will see AXA PPP healthcare’s environment management achievements published in The Green Organisation’s Green Book as an example of corporate best practice.
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Friends Provident International announces appointments of Chairman and CEO


Friends Provident International Limited (FPI), part of the Aviva group, announces the appointments of Chris Wei as Chairman, and Khor Hock Seng as Chief Executive Officer effective 1 July 2015. These appointments are an extension of Chris’ and Khor’s current responsibilities at Aviva, and follow the announcement in April that John Van Der Wielen, currently Executive Chairman of FPI, will step down on 30 June 2015. John will remain on the board of FPI as Non-Executive director.
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