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  • Preparing your business for the redesigned currency
    The Timeline for the Redesigned Currency Here is a comprehensive timeline of events concerning the design and implementation of the redesigned currency, along with deadlines for businesses to accommodate them. 2016 Businesses are able to start adapting machines for the polymer banknotes. The new £5 note was issued on 13 September.   2017 On 28 The post Preparing your business for the redesigned cu...
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  • 12 tips for moving house
    Moving house is one of the most stressful times for anyone so it’s important to prepare. Here are some tips to help things go more smoothly: Declutter – hire a skip, give it to charity, sell it on a local site but get rid of that clutter! Sounds obvious but the less you have to The post 12 tips for moving house appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • What to do to manage your flood risk
    The Environment Agency (EA) estimates that over 5.5 million properties in England and Wales are vulnerable to flood risk. In Scotland, the number of at-risk properties is around 125,000 and 65,000 in Northern Ireland, respectively, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Northern Ireland’s Rivers Agency (RA). These numbers include properties at risk The post What to do t...
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  • GDPR and your company – what you need to know
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in less than one year. If your organisation fails to comply with the new regulation and does not provide adequate cyber protection for your customers, you could receive sizeable fines and penalties, which, under the GDPR, could be up to €20 million or 4 per cent The post GDPR and your company – what you need to know appeared first on T...
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  • Directors and Officers claims on the rise
    Since the financial crisis in 2008, claims against directors and officers have grown more frequent, complex and expensive. One reason for this rise is government legislation that has increased business transparency and placed the responsibility on directors and officers. In fact, after new guidelines from the Sentencing Council came into force in February 2016, the The post Directors and Officers ...
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  • The dangers of distracted driving
    When you hear the phrase “distracted driving” it’s likely you picture a young adult checking social media on their phone while on the road – and you’d be right in that this is very dangerous, however it’s not just young people and it’s not just phones that create a risk. Anything that takes away all The post The dangers of distracted driving appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • HSE Releases 2016/2017 Fatal Injury Statistics
    The HSE recently published the provisional statistics for work-related fatal accidents that occurred between 1st April 2016 and 1st March 2017, which continued to reflect the 20-year trend of declining fatality rates. Yet, whilst the United Kingdom has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, 137 people were killed at work The post HSE Releases 2016/2017 Fatal Injury Statistics appe...
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  • What to do if you lock yourself out of your house
    Few people can put their hands up and say they have never locked themselves out of their house. Sometimes the door slams shut behind you while you’re putting the recycling out or chatting to a neighbour; maybe your keys have got lost or stolen. There are a couple of options on what action to take The post What to do if you lock yourself out of your house appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Managing employee holidays in your business
    Managing employee holidays can be complicated for any business over the summer period, particularly when everyone wants to take time off with the family. Balancing adequate employee coverage so that you aren’t left short-staffed, with the need for your staff to have a break can be tricky. Here’s some advice to help you keep control The post Managing employee holidays in your business appeared firs...
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  • Tips for driving safely with your pets
    Travel sickness, dog-seatbelts, anxiety and space can be big problems when travelling with pets. It can be tempting to ditch the contraptions and medicines and just let your dog sit on your lap while you drive. According to a recent survey by Opinium, two thirds (69%) of drivers have travelled with a pet in their The post Tips for driving safely with your pets appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • End to credit and debit card surcharges
    The government has announced that from 13th January 2018, businesses will not be allowed to add any surcharges for credit and debit card payments. This means that consumers will no longer be worse off when paying by card, either online or in a shop. The current rules, which have been in place since 2013, require The post End to credit and debit card surcharges appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Fire escape plan for your home
    Why Should You Create a Fire Escape Plan? Every household should have some sort of fire escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action. The post Fire escape plan for your home appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • #SpotScott competition on social media for Yeovil branch
    For the chance to win a hamper from The British Hamper Company (worth £80), you need to share your selfie with the A-Plan Yeovil bus ad and post it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #SpotScott The closing date for entries is before midnight on 18th August 2017 All entrants will be entered into The post #SpotScott competition on social media for Yeovil branch appeared first on The A-Plan Blo...
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  • Small business confidence wavering
    In the second quarter of 2017, confidence as measured by the Small Business Index*, wavered for the first time since the referendum vote last summer. After the steep rises that were seen towards the end of 2016 and early 2017, the headline confidence measure fell to +15, down from +20 in Q1 2017 (although still The post Small business confidence wavering appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • 10 free things to do with children this summer
    The summer holidays are fast approaching and are a notoriously expensive time for parents. Keeping the children entertained for 6 weeks can really add up! If you want some ideas for free family activities, we’ve put together a list below: 1. Visit a museum. Lots of museums now have free entry and there is bound The post 10 free things to do with children this summer appeared first on The A-Plan Bl...
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  • What are your obligations to gig economy workers?
    The “gig” or sharing economy is composed of organisations that hire independent workers for short-term positions. The BBC defines it as “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs”. Instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the “gigs” they do, such as a The post What are your obligations to gig economy workers? appe...
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  • 5 ways to help keep your car interior clean
    If you spend a lot of time in your car, especially if you have children or pets, your car interior can quickly resemble a dustbin on wheels! Not just untidy, your car can also become a host to germs if you don’t keep on top of the cleaning. In fact, according to research by Salford The post 5 ways to help keep your car interior clean appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • A guide to fire safety legal responsibilities
    In light of the terrible and tragic events in London, we wanted to share this advice from Zurich Insider. This will help you and your business understand fire safety responsibilities for non-domestic premises. Zurich have also created a multi-disciplinary group to provide technical support and guidance which you can read about here. Legislation requires responsible The post A guide to fire safety ...
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  • Keeping safe at a music festival
    With festival season now in full swing, here are some tips to keep your valuables safe if you are heading to one this summer. Whilst most people are concerned with what the weather will be doing, where their favourite bands will be playing or how clean the loos will be, many forget about the downside The post Keeping safe at a music festival appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Commercial insurance jargon buster – our top 10
    Insurance is complicated enough, particularly when looking to cover the risks for your business. Here we give our explanations of the top 10 jargon terms seen in commercial insurance. We would also highly recommend that you read our “Guide to the Insurance Act“: Average clause – A policy condition that requires the amount of a The post Commercial insurance jargon buster – our top 10 appeared first...
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  • Young drivers bearing the brunt of higher premiums
    Passing your driving test is an exciting time but young drivers are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable insurance. The recent increases in IPT (Insurance Premium Tax) disproportionately affect younger drivers who already have the highest premiums and there is no exemption being offered to young drivers who are seen as a high-risk category. The post Young drivers bearing the brunt ...
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  • Nearly Every UK SME Owed £16,000 in Late Payments
    More than half of Britain’s SMEs (52% in total) were owed an estimated total of £44.6 billion in late payments by the end of 2016, according to recent industry research*. That averages out to roughly £16,000 per SME; however, 1 in 10 were owed more than £100,000. This massive financial delay has been detrimental for The post Nearly Every UK SME Owed £16,000 in Late Payments appeared first on The A...
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  • 5 Reasons Your Car Fails Its MOT
    Recent government statistics suggest that half of the faults found in MOT tests can be prevented by performing simple car maintenance. The most common cause of failure is lighting and signalling issues, such as blown bulbs, which cause almost 19 per cent of all MOT failures. Suspension (13 per cent) and brake (10 per cent) The post 5 Reasons Your Car Fails Its MOT appeared first on The A-Plan Blog...
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  • Health & Safety Fines – One Year On
    In February 2016, the new guidelines from the Sentencing Council came into force. These amendments dramatically increased fines for corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences, and health and safety offences. Prior to these dramatic revisions, courts were only able to deliver fines that had negligible effects on offenders. Within the first year, it has The post Health & Safety Fines –...
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  • Driving in France – top 10 tips
    Driving in France is generally a more pleasant experience than travelling on UK roads. France is approximately two and a half times the size of the UK but with roughly the same population. Consequently the roads are generally less congested outside of the main cities. However, there are certain things you need to be aware The post Driving in France – top 10 tips appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Business Interruption Cover – More Important Than Ever
    Many business owners fail to consider how they would manage if a fire, natural disaster or, sadly, an act of terrorism rendered their business premises temporarily unusable. According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 25 per cent of all businesses that close down following a disaster never open again. With advanced planning, there are The post Business Interruption Cover – More Imp...
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  • Preparing your holiday home for high season
    The high season is when you’re likely to get the greatest return on your holiday home investment, and diligent preparation is key to ensuring that your busiest booking period goes smoothly. Follow these tips to make sure your holiday home is ship shape before the busiest time of the year gets underway. Maintenance The run-up The post Preparing your holiday home for high season appeared first on Th...
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  • Doing some DIY this Bank Holiday? Read our tips.
    With the second May Bank Holiday on the horizon, many of us will turn our attention to a little DIY to give our homes a makeover in time for the summer. But while the improving weather may mean we can throw open the doors and windows and get stuck into cleaning, painting, maintaining and generally The post Doing some DIY this Bank Holiday? Read our tips. appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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