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  • Government Responds to Independent Review on Health at Work

    The Government has accepted many of the recommendations made by an independent review of sickness absence and has announced it will introduce a new Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service in 2014. This will provide a state funded occupational health assessment for employees who have been off work for more than four weeks and

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  • Over-50s Doing it Their Way

    Figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal that there was an increase of 367,000 in the number of self-employed workers between 2008 and 2012, taking the total to 4.2 million. The fastest growth occurred during the past two years and the over-50s accounted for 84% of the increase. Despite the increase in self

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  • What impact could the Autumn Statement 2012 have on your busines

    As expected the Autumn Statement delivered by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer wasn’t particularly optimistic given the country’s difficult economic position. However, there were some important and positive messages for small and medium sized enterprises despite continuing austerity measures. Fuel Welcome news is that the dreaded 3p-a-litre increase in fuel duty, planned for

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  • Gillingham & Shaftsbury Show

    The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show provided the Octopus team with a great opportunity to meet the local public and also offered the perfect stage for unveiling Octopus’s new mascot for whom we were seeking a name. We received lots of suggestions before settling on Ozzy, which earned Isaac Southwood a small prize for his idea.

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