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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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Denplan’s #BlueLipSelfie campaign is set to support Mouth Cancer Action Month 2016

As the Oral Health Foundation’s Mouth Cancer Action Month gets underway in November, Denplan’s #BlueLipSelfie campaign is set to involve hundreds of dental practices around the country. As the main sponsor of Mouth Cancer Action Month, Denplan is passionate about raising awareness about mouth cancer. The increasing popularity of its #BlueLipSelfie campaign allows dental professionals to talk to their patients about the risks, symptoms and prevention of this devastating disease.
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ADVO takes GOLD

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ADVO Group Limited are delighted to announce that they have become one of the very few UK companies to be awarded GOLD status by Investors in People.

On 13 October 2016 it was confirmed by Investors in People (IIP) that ADVO has moved from Silver to GOLD accreditation joining only 20 other financial services sector firms in the South of England (as of 19th Oct 2016).
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ADVO wins the Cover Excellence Awards for the second year running

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ADVO are delighted to have recently been named ‘Employee Benefits Intermediary of the Year’ at the Cover Excellence Awards. The annual award ceremony is one of the most widely recognised in the industry, highlighting exceptional protection and health insurance products, providers and intermediaries. ADVO were victorious in this same award category in 2015, as well as being ‘highly commended’ for the category in 2014.

This year’s awards were held at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on 5th October where Colin Boxall, ADVO’s Commercial Director, received the award from Cover Magazine’s editor Fiona Murphy and comedian Chris Turner. After receiving the award, Boxall stated “we must be doing something right” and explained that this was due to ADVO’s approach of “having great people and training, and then using technology to make everyone’s experience better”.

The awards’ judging panel were comprised of highly respected industry figures including Kevin Carr, Chief Executive of Protection Review and Steve Devine, Chairman of the Protect Association. The Awards commented in the run-up to this year’s event “2016 has been an interesting year for the protection and health insurance industries. We have seen greater interest in promoting both markets, significant leaps forward in technology and greater discussion around whether products are fit for purpose. The 2016 COVER Excellence Awards seeks to recognise and reward those firms and intermediaries who have been innovating and serving their customers to the highest standards.”

The Cover Excellence Awards chose to support Place2Be as one of its chosen charities. Place2Be works in schools providing early intervention mental health support.

Further details of the event can be found here: http://events.covermagazine.co.uk/awards