A-Plan Blog

small businesses
14 Aug

Parents funding small businesses

Borrowing from the so-called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is nothing new when it comes to buying your first home, but new research suggests that the latest generations of school and university-leavers are now turning to the parental moneybox to fund a new business venture. Research by WorldPay suggests that as many as one in

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fraud hotspot
12 Aug

Do you live in a fraud hotspot?

Fraud comes in many guises, and most of us have fallen victim to one form or another at some point. But did you know that the place you live can affect how likely you are to fall foul of different types of scam? Using data from Action Fraud and the Office for National Statistics, Which?

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digital footprint
01 Aug

Do you know what your digital footprint is?

You’ve heard of your carbon footprint, but have you heard of your digital footprint? In an age in which smartphones and social media dominate our lives, it’s something you need to know about if you don’t already. Keep reading to get the lowdown on what it is and how you can take control of it.

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sleep
25 Jul

Just what is keeping Brits up at night?

According to research by Bupa, 32 million Brits wake up worrying. If our mind is worrying it will not let us sleep, and waking up in the night can leave you tired, irritable and unable to concentrate. So just what keeps us awake? The same research by Bupa states that the number one thing that

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car theft
18 Jul

Where is your car most likely to be stolen?

Do you live in an area of the UK prone to car theft? With several regions of the UK experiencing a doubling in the number of car thefts reported since 2014, and an overall increase of 45% in the total number of thefts nationwide, it’s wise to be aware of where your vehicle may be

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rentalpreneur
11 Jul

What is a rentalpreneur?

As if there weren’t already enough made-up variants of the word “entrepreneur” out there, a new one has sprung up. A ‘rentalpreneur’ is someone who makes money from renting out a holiday property or properties, and since the advent of Airbnb, it’s become big business. So big, in fact, that its global value is predicted

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gig worker
10 Jul

The rise of the GIG worker

A fairly recent term that is often used in the press is a GIG worker, but just what does this mean? According to one definition it is a “labour market characterised by the prevalence of short -term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs.” It’s estimated in the UK that five million people

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valid MOT
01 Jul

Driving without a valid MOT: what you need to know

We recently looked at what’s involved when your car goes in for its MOT, but one thing we didn’t explore is what happens if you forget to book your car in for this mandatory test. Here’s what you need to know if you end up without a valid MOT… How do I know when my

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boiler breakdowns
25 Jun

3 top tips for saving money on boiler breakdowns

There’s never a good time for your boiler to breakdown: apart from being inconvenient, the repairs can also be a significant expense. Here, our guest blogger, Beckie Hatton, Product Manager at household appliance repairs company Home Appliance Care discusses the importance of maintaining and insuring your boiler and how you can save money on boiler

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travel apps
25 Jun

Best travel apps for your 2019 holiday

The summer holiday season is nearly upon us, so today we’re sharing some of our favourite travel apps to help make your time abroad a little easier. Here are seven apps we can’t live without. 1. Google Maps Let’s start with an obvious one. When you’re in an unfamiliar place, Google Maps not only doubles

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