Industrial strategy is welcome, but risks being overly narrow

Responding to the publication of the Government’s industrial strategy Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “The CIPD supports the Government’s aspiration of cultivating world-leading sectors, however more clarity is needed on the ‘sector-deals’ the Government is hoping to help create and what type of support would be available to businesses under these.
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ADVO Group interviews Corinne Williams, Director of HR & Engagement, Simplyhealth

The recent CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey of more than 1,000 employers found that many companies are not adequately supporting their line managers in managing employee absence. In this interview, Corinne Williams, Director of HR & Engagement at Simplyhealth provides her insight into the survey’s findings and comments on the increasing focus employers are placing on staff wellbeing, a potential rise in presenteeism and the effects of the fast approaching festive season.
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Bupa to acquire Oasis dental care, the UK’s leading private dental provider, from Bridgepoint

smile2Bupa has announced that it has agreed to acquire Oasis Dental Care, the UK’s leading private dental provider, from Bridgepoint, the European private equity group, in a transaction totalling £835 million. The move is a significant milestone in Bupa’s strategy to offer customers high quality dental services. Bupa will become a major dental provider in the UK’s £7.1bn dental market, with over 2m customers, over 1,800 clinicians and 420 clinics.
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