A-Plan Blog

09 Jul

Helping an employee affected by COVID-19

Many people and businesses across the UK have been impacted by the Coronavirus. And due to the infectious nature of the virus, you may well find that employees in your business have, unfortunately, either had the virus themselves or suffered a bereavement as a result. It’s just as important as it’s ever been to support

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09 Jul

Our top SEO tips for small businesses

Whether you’re starting out or an established SME that’s had a website for a number of years, the world of SEO can be daunting, as can the time needed to focus on this. However, with our tips below, hopefully you can start to rank well on Google’s natural search listings (the ones you don’t have

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09 Jul

Building your business: Focusing on networking

Whether you’ve previously engaged with local businesses on a face-to-face basis or now looking for ways to reach out to your local community, location is no longer a barrier. As businesses have adapted to virtual meetings and online networking groups, there’s plenty of ways you can meet like-minded people, share business tips and network safely

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01 Jul

Getting ready for summer adventures

From 4 July, many of us will now be able to stay away from our homes, so whether you’re looking to get out in your campervan, touring caravan, back to your static caravan or holiday home, or perhaps staying overnight on your boat, we’ve got some tips to help you get ready Getting your campervan

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30 Jun

Things to do this summer for motor enthusiasts

As one of the headline sponsors of this year’s Supercar Weekend hosted at Beaulieu, A-Plan were due to have a stand at the event on 8-9 August but unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled. But for motor enthusiasts, there’s still plenty to do. Not only has Beaulieu opened its gardens again, it

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30 Jun

What Universities will look like this Autumn.

If you’ve got children returning or starting university this year, things are going to look somewhat different. Endsleigh, part of the A-Plan Group, has supported students for the past 50 years, and working directly with the University sector, they’ve been able to find out what the ‘new normal’ might look like for students. 95% of

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15 Jun

Working safely from other people’s homes

The Government has now given the go-ahead for tradespeople to carry out their work, and with many households wanting to start or finish their home improvements, demand for builders, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, decorators and landscapers will return. For those working at other people’s homes, or different locations form week-to-week will still need to follow Government

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15 Jun

COVID-secure re-opening checklist

We’ve previously written about how you get your business COVID-secure, which you can check out here. In this article, we provide a bullet point checklist to help you with getting ready and how to protect your staff and customers. Opening times – what will your opening times be and how will you accommodate vulnerable customers

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09 Jun

Getting ready for re-opening your business – check out our latest tips.

Since the Government announced that non-essential retail outlets could start opening again, we’ve taken the decision to look at how we can safely re-open our branches. There’s a whole range of guidance on the Government website around ensuring your business is COVID-secure, but we’ve also included some resources that you can download, print and use.

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09 Jun

Shopping when non-essential retail lockdown eases

From 15 June, non-essential retail outlets will be able to re-open, providing they are “COVID-secure”. What this means is that all retailers will need to consider social distancing measures, limiting numbers of customers in store, where people queue, flow of customer footfall, use of screens, available hand sanitisers and much more. How you’re used to

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