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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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  • The impact of WannaCry ransomware attack
    Friday saw a widespread cyber attack that Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency, has called the “largest ransomware attack observed in history”. The ransomware, which locks users’ files and demands a $300 (£230) payment to allow access, spread to an estimated 200,000 organisations in 150 countries round the world including FedEx, Renault and the Russian interior The post The impact of WannaCry ...
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  • 4 reasons why your home insurance claim could be rejected
    The purpose of home buildings and contents insurance is to provide homeowners with cover for unexpected and potentially costly situations—such as damage caused by a storm or fire, theft of possessions, accidental damage from an escape of water, a fallen tree or subsidence. Yet, according to a study conducted by the Association of British Insurers, The post 4 reasons why your home insurance claim c...
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  • The Dangers of Underinsurance
    We’ve all had the occasional average day but, when it comes to insurance, “average” is just about the last word you want to hear. Particularly if you’re in the midst of a burnt out building worrying about how you are going to rebuild, not just the building, but your business and the livelihoods of your The post The Dangers of Underinsurance appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Our top tips for de-winterising your boat
    The sun is lingering longer in the sky, which means it’s time to ‘de-winterise’ your boat and get out on the water. But before you can embark on your first trip, you still need to inspect your boat to ensure it is functional. Thankfully, de-winterising shouldn’t take too long, as long as your boat was The post Our top tips for de-winterising your boat appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Competition to win Luton Town Playoff Tickets & Dinner – Terms and Conditions
    To be eligible to win you must follow the A-Plan Insurance Company LinkedIn page and comment on the competition post on LinkedIn. Relatives and friends of employees of A-Plan Holdings are excluded. Children taking part must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the day. Two tickets are available and not transferable to other family The post Competition to win Luton Town Playoff Tickets & Dinner...
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  • GDPR – what is it and how does it affect your business?
    The EU’s new data protection reforms become applicable on 25th May 2018. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU regulation applicable in the UK without the need for domestic UK legislation (and so will apply between May 2018 and any departure from the EU). GDPR will automatically fall away in the event that the The post GDPR – what is it and how does it affect your business? appeared f...
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  • Safe caravanning – it’s all in the preparation
    Now that we are entering the most popular time of year for caravanning, it is important to make sure you are safe before taking your caravan out on the road. When it comes to safe caravanning, it’s not just about how you tow once you are on the road, equally as critical is making sure The post Safe caravanning – it’s all in the preparation appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • SMEs – struggling to survive?
    SMEs account for more than 99% of private sector businesses in the United Kingdom and provide employment for 16.8 million people. Their economic contribution should not be underestimated. However, British businesses are feeling the pinch with nearly a fifth (17%) missing payday in order to survive. Despite being responsible for nearly half of Britain’s economic The post SMEs – struggling to surviv...
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  • Why “Generation Rent” Needs Tenants Insurance
    The number of 20-39 year olds renting has more than doubled from 20 to 50 per cent since 2000. Known as ‘generation rent’, many millennials are unable to afford the average house price of £217,502 (as of Feb 2017), which continues to grow by about 6 per cent each year. Until home ownership becomes more The post Why “Generation Rent” Needs Tenants Insurance appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Social Media – Protecting Your Business Reputation
    With the fallout from United Airlines PR disaster still ongoing, it is perhaps timely to think about the steps you can take to protect your business reputation on social media! It isn’t feasible to attempt to control your entire message—in today’s highly digital environment, there’s no way you can control everything said about your company. The post Social Media – Protecting Your Business Reputati...
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  • New report shows digital safety remains an issue for businesses
    ‘The Cyber Threat to UK Business’, the first joint report by the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA), presented a rather disheartening outlook for the digital safety and security of UK organisations. In fact, three months after it became operational in October 2016, the NCSC has had to address The post New report shows digital safety remains an issue for b...
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  • Health and safety prosecutions against directors triple in 2016
    Company directors can be held personally liable for a variety of events that fall outside of their control. The Companies Act 1985 lists over 200 offences alone, and that is only scratching the surface. Add in the Health & Safety at Work Act, EU Directives and ever increasing consumer protection legislation and it’s easy to The post Health and safety prosecutions against directors triple in 2016 a...
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  • Property sharing services – implications for insurance
    Airbnb is a relatively new way of renting your home and has grown rapidly in popularity over the last 9 years. Since it launched in 2008, Airbnb has become a global phenomenon with more than 300,000 listings in 192 countries. Their website allows you to list your house or flat as a whole or even The post Property sharing services – implications for insurance appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Introducing: The Sporting Bears Motoring Club!
    This week we’re highlighting what I believe to be one of the most honourable motoring car club organisations within the UK – The Sporting Bears Motoring Club. As a dedicated group of motoring enthusiasts, varying from classic Ford Mustang owners to Lamborghini Aventadors owners, they all have one single aim; to raise as much money The post Introducing: The Sporting Bears Motoring Club! appeared fi...
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  • Things to do this Easter
    The Easter holidays are upon us so here are some ideas to keep the family entertained and occupied over the break: Taste Chocolate Festival in Bristol Easter wouldn’t be Easter without chocolate so why not take the family to the Taste Chocolate Festival in Bristol on 15th and 16th April. This two-day extravaganza showcases some The post Things to do this Easter appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.
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  • Upcoming Employment Law Changes
    As April approaches, there are several significant changes to employment law that your company should be aware of. Whilst not all of these may be directly relevant, it is nevertheless important that you remain aware of these changes: Increase to the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW). Beginning in April 2017, both The post Upcoming Employment Law Changes appeared first on T...
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  • Why you need unoccupied property insurance
    Standard home insurance policies will not usually cover properties that are left unoccupied for more than 30 consecutive days. Properties can be left unoccupied for a variety of reasons, including awaiting sale or waiting for the completion of probate, during renovations or for health care reasons (such as a long spell in hospital). If your The post Why you need unoccupied property insurance appea...
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  • How your staff’s status affects your EL insurance
    As an owner or manager, you have a responsibility to provide your employees with a safe working environment. If you fail to do so, it could result in a current or even former employee filing a claim against you. A successful claim can be costly—not just financially—but also to your organisation’s reputation. To protect yourself The post How your staff’s status affects your EL insurance appeared fi...
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  • Why you should place your life insurance policy in trust
    One of the main aims of future planning is to ensure financial security for your family and beneficiaries in case of your death. Life insurance is an ideal way to do this. Losing a partner or parent is one of the most harrowing experiences in life but fighting for a life assurance payout at the The post Why you should place your life insurance policy in trust appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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