A-Plan Blog

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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surcharges
19 Jul

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

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fire escape
17 Jul

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.

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12 Jul

#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 using the competition link: https://woobox.com/zeetds or on Twitter (by simply posting your selfie with the hashtag #SpotScott) The closing date for entries is before midnight

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small business confidence
11 Jul

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

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summer
10 Jul

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

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gig economy
05 Jul

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

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pets
03 Jul

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

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fire safety
30 Jun

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

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