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  • Spring time is often a catalyst for getting the house decluttered and spruced up for the year ahead. Here are some tips to help your spring clean: Be realistic: don’t try to tackle the whole house in a day. Make a list of the areas you want to concentrate on and the cleaning products you’ll The post Spring clean – A time to cleanse appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Entries are now open for the Oxfordshire Local Business Charity Awards, sponsored by A-Plan and the risk manager & insurance broker, Jelf. The awards, which have been held annually in neighbouring Gloucestershire since 2014, recognise the support given to local charities by Oxfordshire businesses. There are three awards to enter: The A-Plan Award  – entries The post Entries Open for A-Plan’s Local...

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  • Cyber security researchers recently announced the discovery of two major security flaws that could allow hackers to bypass regular security measures and obtain normally inaccessible data. They’re called Meltdown and Spectre, and they’re both caused by design flaws found in nearly all modern processors. Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to access all of the data The post How to Prevent a Cy...

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  • A-Plan Marine’s top tips for securing your boat from thieves: Theft of boats and equipment causes heartache and financial loss to thousands of marine enthusiasts every year, regardless of size or value. Common items stolen from boats tend to be those easily picked up and carried away by opportunists. Outboard motors and generators; marine communication The post How to Protect your Boat from Theft....

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  • 7 ways to reignite that spark: Our cars are often the unloved, unappreciated heroes in our lives. They’re dependable, sturdy and selfless; dutifully ferrying us in safety, comfort and warmth to whichever destination we desire. Yet, it’s the one relationship in our lives which requires a little more love, after all, it slays distances without The post Show your Car Some Love this Valentine’s. appea...

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  • Beginning on 5 March, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) traffic examiners will begin issuing on-the-spot fines to any lorry, bus or coach drivers for drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days, such as exceeding daily driving limits or not taking enough breaks. Previously DVSA examiners could only fine drivers for offences committed The post Lorry, Coach and Bus Drivers Face DV...

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  • Van drivers are not known for their healthiness and clean eating! However, things are changing. A recent study, commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, has found that Britain’s van drivers are ditching their stereotypical lifestyle in favour of healthy eating and regular trips to the gym. According to the research, the average van driver now works The post Van Drivers Shape Up! appeared fir...

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  • Bone-chilling temperatures, freezing arctic winds and up to 12 inches of snow will sweep across the UK this week. With yellow weather warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England, Wales and north-west Midlands, driving conditions could be treacherous. Be prepared for the worst and ensure you carry a winter survival kit in your The post Winter Car Kit Essentials appeared first...

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  • A survey of shoppers in Surrey, conducted by A-Plan, the high street insurance broker, with branches in Guildford, Woking, Farnham and Camberley, reveals that the majority of residents (82%) favour the advice provided by local shop-keepers and business owners over national chains; with 58% seeking professional advice from staff before making a purchase. With the The post 82% of Surrey Shoppers Fav...

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  • A-Plan Northampton has been praised for their ‘outstanding customer service’ in the town’s inaugural Mystery Shopping Awards. Founded by Northampton’s Business Improvement District (BID), the accolades recognise excellence demonstrated by local businesses in a number of areas including service, sales, appearance and local knowledge. The team at A-Plan Northampton scored an outstanding 100% across ...

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  • A survey of shoppers in Oxfordshire, conducted by A-Plan, the high street insurance broker, with branches in Abingdon, Witney, Bicester, Carterton and Oxford, reveals that the majority of residents (80%) favour the advice provided by local shop-keepers and business owners over national chains; with 56% seeking professional advice from staff before making a purchase. With The post 80% of Oxfordshir...

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  • A survey of shoppers across the south of England* conducted by A-Plan, the high street insurance broker, reveals that the majority of respondents (81%) favour the advice provided by local shop-keepers and business owners over national chains; with 54% seeking professional advice from staff before making a purchase. With a majority of shoppers spending up The post 81% of High Street Shoppers Trust ...

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  • Since 2012, the A-Plan Thatcham Schemes office have been proudly supporting Volkswagen themed shows and events from the humble family show T-Fest to Europe’s biggest van show Busfest. Our adventures started when we joined the Volkswagen T4/T5 forum as a sponsor and we noticed the owners of the club held a small show called T-Fest The post A-Plan Thatcham Schemes and VW Shows appeared first on The ...

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  • As we wave goodbye to a very gloomy January, it’s time to start thinking about summer holidays and looking forward to brighter, warmer climes. And whilst the most exciting part of planning your summer adventures probably won’t be evaluating and purchasing your travel insurance, it’s one holiday essential you shouldn’t travel without. Travel insurance covers The post What Travel Insurance Cover do ...

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  • If buying a house is on your wish list for 2018, the revised stamp duty fee could affect your purchase. Following the budget announcement in Autumn 2017, first time buyers can enjoy a saving of up to £5,000 on stamp duty on first time purchases up to a value of £300,000 which will help first The post Stamp duty and first time buyers appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Starting a small business requires tireless effort and endless financial reserves. Besides dealing with necessary tasks to start the business—affording exorbitant start-up costs, establishing a customer base, forecasting cash flow problems—new small business owners are besieged on all sides by risks. The only sure-fire thing you can count on during the tumultuous beginning stages of The post What ...

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  • Prize is for 2 x tickets for Yeovil Town FC v Manchester United on Friday 26th January. The A-Plan prize draw is open to all individuals over 18, excluding employees of A-Plan Holdings and their families. Participation does require the provision of the individual’s name, address, telephone number and/or email address and a car/home insurance The post Yeovil Town FC Competition appeared first on Th...

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  • Time is running out to submit your 2018 tax return; by 31st January you must complete and submit your return, plus pay any tax due. With a little over two weeks to go, follow our quick tips for a speedy submission and avoid an unnecessary £100 penalty. Begin! Don’t leave completing your tax return until The post 10 Tips for Submitting your 2018 Tax Return. appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Now that the Christmas festivities are over, you might want to think about whether the value of your home contents has increased with any gifts that you have received. Electronic goods, in particular, can soon mount up. • Did you know that an estimated 80% of people in the UK are under-insured? • Typically, an The post Don’t Risk Being Under-insured appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • Frozen pipes are the biggest reason for escape of water claims in the winter. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the insurance industry pays out £2.5m every day to customers for escape of water home insurance claims. Some steps you can take to minimise the chances of an incident happening this winter are outlined below in our infographic: If The post Prevent Frozen Pipes this ...

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  • The gender pay gap issue is a hot topic in the press, even gaining some traction in the US at the Golden Globes, as UK employers with 250 employers or more must publish and report their first specific figures about their gender pay gap by 5th April 2018 (31st March 2018 for public sector organisations). The post Gender Pay – Mind the gap appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • As January’s arctic blast causes UK temperatures to plummet to sub-zero, don’t be tempted to leave the following items in your car overnight (as you make a quick dash into your warm and toasty home!): Electronic Devices with Lithium Batteries. Apple recommends not exposing an iPhone or iPad to temperatures below -4 degrees Celsius; battery The post What Not to Leave in your Car During Freezing Wea...

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  • Underinsurance continues to be a widespread and persistent problem throughout the United Kingdom. In fact, an estimated 40 per cent of businesses and 80 per cent of commercial properties are underinsured. This occurs when a business has insufficient cover to meet its needs, whether that means its assets are valued and insured at less than The post Why Avoiding Underinsurance Should be Your Resolut...

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  • The decorations are down, the house is looking bare and we’re busy planning how to make 2018 our sparkliest year yet. And whilst we mostly focus on being healthier and happier, what we do in our homes can make an enormous difference to our overall well-being. Follow our timely tips for getting your house into The post New Year’s Resolutions for your Home appeared first on The A-Plan Blog.

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  • The UK has already seen freezing weather conditions causing disruption this winter, from flights being cancelled to schools being closed. For small businesses, winter weather conditions can increase the risk of property damage, injury and potential liability. One common issue during cold weather is escape of water caused by frozen pipes, where even a small The post How to prepare your business aga...

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  • Nothing says festive like a tablecloth of snow draped over roofs and tree-tops. Yet, despite its magical and fluffy appearance, snow, in particular its weight, poses a serious hazard to our homes, cars and businesses. But how many of us seriously consider the possibility of roof collapse when we awake to several feet of snow The post How to Prevent Roof Collapse Caused by Heavy Snow. appeared firs...

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  • Employee benefits schemes help attract and retain top talent. Recent industry research found that 82 per cent of employers offer benefits to retain employees, while 81 per cent do it to recruit employees, and 80 per cent do it to support overall employee health and well-being. Research from Glassdoor even found that a staggering 79 The post Employee Benefits Schemes – Advantages to your Business a...

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