A-Plan Blog

redesigned currency
17 Aug

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

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moving house
17 Aug

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

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flood risk
10 Aug

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

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GDPR
10 Aug

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

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directors and officers
04 Aug

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

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distracted driving
04 Aug

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

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HSE
01 Aug

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

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lock
31 Jul

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

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employee holidays
27 Jul

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

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pets
24 Jul

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

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