GCI secures Govt sick-day contract

The Government has enlisted GCI to promote a national workplace health advisory service as it bids to minimise sick days in small businesses.

The service, Workplace Health Connect (WHC), will provide confidential advice on workplace health and is delivered in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive.

Each year 30 million sick days are taken in the UK, costing around £12bn. By 2007/8, WHC aims to cut workplace-related illness by six per cent, and sick days by nine per cent.

GCI will target bosses and employees of small firms, business networking groups and trade bodies. It won the account after pitching against Cohn & Wolfe and Harrison Cowley.

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