A-Plan Blog

23 Apr

Van ownership: to lease or to buy?

As a sole trader or small business relying on a van (or fleet of vans) for your livelihood, a major decision you’ll need to make is whether to buy a van or lease one. Let’s look at the arguments on each side. Buying a van When you buy a van, the biggest advantage is that

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MOT test
16 Apr

Understanding your car MOT test

If your car is over three years old, you’ll already know that it must be taken for an MOT test each year. But what do testers look for during an MOT, and what are the most common reasons for failing one? Read on to find out. What is an MOT? ‘MOT’ stands for ‘Ministry of

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12 Apr

Campervan Safety Tips

Whether you are living in a campervan or travelling in it you are still at risk of being target of thieves or potential safety hazards so it’s good to minimise risk where possible. So here are just a few things you can do to make you feel more safe and secure whilst travelling in your

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defensive driving
12 Apr

Defensive driving tips that could save your life

Many jobs require employees to drive a company vehicle. While most drivers are cautious and attentive, accidents can occur without warning—even if the operator has years of experience. When accidents happen, it can be incredibly costly for employers. What’s more, just one accident can cost employees their job or lead to serious, debilitating injuries. One

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first-time home
10 Apr

First-time home buyers’ checklist

Being a first-time home buyer is one of the most exciting milestones of adult life, but with so many things to consider, it can also be one of the most stressful. That’s why we’ve put together this checklist to help first-time home buyers make the most of the time they spend viewing houses. General As

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05 Apr

What can you learn from KFC?

In February, nearly two-thirds of KFCs across the United Kingdom were closed or offered a limited menu after its new distributor failed to deliver enough chicken on time. With no backup plan for how to get more chicken, customers took to social media to vent their frustrations at the fast-food restaurant chain. While KFC tried

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03 Apr

Checklist for Buying a Car

With a bewildering array of makes and models, it’s little wonder that many people find the idea of buying a car a little daunting. But with a methodical approach, it needn’t be. Assuming you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, use this checklist when you view the car to be sure you’re making the right

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spring statement 2018
27 Mar

Spring Statement 2018 Highlights

  On 13 March, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Spring Statement 2018 to Parliament. Highlights for Businesses The National Living Wage will rise from £50 to £7.83, and the National Minimum Wage rates will increase as well in April. The government’s plan of increasing the amount of homes by an average of

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escape of water
26 Mar

Preventing Escape of Water Claims

Escape of water is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims and can cause a huge inconvenience to tenants and home owners. According to the Association of British Insurers, one in five home insurance claims are as a result of escape of water, with insurers paying out £483 million to help customers in

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22 Mar

Public Liability Insurance – Why essential for businesses?

Accidents do happen, from time to time. Having public liability insurance in place helps set your mind at rest, keeping you covered if a customer or member of the public suffers a loss or injury because of your business. What does public liability insurance cover? A comprehensive public and product liability policy provides cover for

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