Norwich Union joins forces with IOSH to help start-ups

Article date: 29 March 2001

Norwich Union has donated £30,000 to IOSH, the Institution ofOccupational Safety and Health, to develop safety "start-up packs"for new businesses.

The pack will provide guidance to small businesses to help themunderstand and meet their health, safety and environmentalobligations.

The donation cheque was presented to IOSH during their annualconference in Bournemouth. Rob Strange, chief executive of IOSHsaid: "We are delighted to receive this valuable sponsorship fromNorwich Union Risk Services and look forward to working together onthis project."

Teresa Budworth, training and consultancy manager with NorwichUnion Risk Services explained: "It is vitally important that smallbusinesses integrate Health and Safety operations into theirbusiness activities from the outset. The consequences of a seriousaccident can be particularly devastating for a fledgling firm."

The pack will be developed by IOSH in conjunction with asteering group including representatives from the Health and SafetyExecutive. The start-up packs will be launched during EuropeanHealth and Safety Week in October and will be available to smallbusinesses free of charge through banks and building societies.


Media contacts:

Liz Nicholson - Norwich Union Press Office
Tel: 08703 666863

Liz Spencer - IOSH Press Office
Tel: 0116 257 3143

Norwich Union joins forces with IOSH to helpstart-ups

Notes to editors

  • Photograph available by ISDN.
    Caption: Presentation of cheque from Norwich Union Risk Servicesto IOSH.
  • Founded in 1945, IOSH is Europe's leading body representingsafety and health professionals. It is a non-profit makingorganisation, with over 25,000 members working across the fullspectrum of industry, commerce and the public sector, frommultinational giants to small consultancies. Further informationis available on
  • CGU plc and Norwich Union plc merged on 30 May 2000 to createCGNU plc, the UK's largest insurance group and one of the top-fiveinsurers in Europe with substantial positions in other marketsaround the world, making it the world's sixth largest insurerbased on gross worldwide premiums.
  • CGNU's principal business activities are long-term savings,fund management and general insurance, with worldwide premiumincome and retail investment sales from ongoing business of over£27 billion and assets under management of more than £210billion.
  • From October 2000, the combined life and pensions, generalinsurance and retail fund management businesses in the UK operateunder the Norwich Union brand, while the institutional investmentbusiness operates under the Morley Fund Management brand.
  • CGNU's news releases are available on the internet
  • Norwich Union Risk Services provides comprehensive consultancyand training on health, safety, environmental issues andminimising risk. It specialises in professional training forsafety and environmental practitioners.

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