Yearly Archives: 2016

21 Dec

Christmas Opening Hours

Our opening hours during the Christmas and New Year period are: 24 December – 8:30 am – 12.00 pm 25 – 27 December – branches closed 28 – 30 December – 8.30 am – 5.00 pm 31 December – 8:30 am – 12.00 pm 01 – 02 January – branches closed 03 January – branches

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19 Dec

Things to do with the family over the festive break

There will undoubtedly be a moment over the holidays when everyone starts to get restless and bored. It is worth having something in mind to keep the family occupied. Here we’ve put together our top 10 ideas of activities: 1. Ice skating Take a spin around one of the UK’s ice skating rinks. Somerset House

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directors
15 Dec

Directors: responsibilities & liabilities

In today’s business climate of corporate transparency and accountability, an organisation’s officers and directors face a myriad of employment-related exposures. Claims can come from many sources, employees, regulators, shareholders, creditors, customers, etc. Ever-changing regulations, increased employee awareness of employment rights as well as the rise of shareholder activism means directors are more frequently at risk,

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frozen pipe claim
12 Dec

Keep your pipes from freezing & avoid a claim

Claim for burst pipe damage The average claim for burst pipe damage is between £6,500 and £7,500, according to the Association of British Insurers. Generally, pipes that are exposed to outdoor temperatures and pipes that run along exterior walls with minimal lagging tend to freeze more easily. December has been mild so far, but the

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small business insurance
07 Dec

Small Business Owners – Top 10 Insurance Tips (Part 2)

Following on from last week, here is the 2nd article in our series detailing the top 10 threats facing small business owners: Managing Electronic Data and Computer Resources Small businesses often lack a formal IT department or even rudimentary internet security measures, which leaves them vulnerable to unscrupulous cybercriminals searching for an easy target. With

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winter survival car kit
05 Dec

Winter car checks we can all perform

1. Headlights – don’t be a “One eyed monster” Are they working properly? Do any bulbs need replacing? Are you sure?! It is dark morning and night at this time of year and you might face freezing fog as well, so you need to keep an eye on your fog lights too. Even in the

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small business insurance
01 Dec

Small Business Owners – Top 10 Insurance Tips (Part 1)

A business plan built solely on the “best case scenario” is like a house of cards—one gust of wind (or fire or wrongful termination legal action) and the entire business can come crashing down. That’s why smart small business owners assess and manage their risk. The first step in implementing a comprehensive risk management plan

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moving your business
24 Nov

Tips for keeping your commercial property secure

When managing commercial property, a risk you should be aware of and plan for is criminal activity, including vandalism, break-ins, theft and violence. Though not all security threats can be avoided, some situations can be prevented with appropriate preparation, inspections, repairs and maintenance. Here are our top tips for keeping your commercial property secure: Advise tenants

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weather warning
21 Nov

Weather warning: here are some useful resources

As storm Angus made landfall, the UK’s Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for heavy rainfall and flooding in the South West and a yellow warning for much of the rest of the country. In light of this, here is a reminder of some useful resources and helplines just in case. Flood forecasting and warnings Good sources

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