This week’s news in brief

Britons back smoking ban

Almost three-quarters of people across the UK back an all-out ban on smoking in places of work, including pubs and restaurants, research reveals. The YouGov survey of 3,600 respondents was commissioned by Cancer Research UK and Action on Smoking and Health (Ash). They said the results “fatally undermine the government’s claim that exemptions from smoke-free legislation for non-food pubs and clubs are needed in England”.

Business leader challenge
Personnel Today, together with the Centre for High Performance Development (CHPD), is looking for one senior HR executive to take part in a unique leadership test. Taking place in February, one lucky reader will experience the CHPD’s new computer-based simulation, which measures leadership potential by analysing the way we think in certain situations. If you would like to experience the ThoughtLeader system,
e-mail, and tell us why you feel you would make a good business leader.

Festive competition winner

The winner of our 12 days of Christmas competition is Annie Ogilvie, HR manager at Blackpool Transport Services. She wins a £100 hamper for successfully spotting the 12 Christmas images hidden in our 13 December issue. Thanks to the hundreds of readers that took part. To find out if you got the answers right, go to

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