Monthly Archives: September 2016

small businesses
28 Sep

Small businesses could face new tax fines

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are considering proposals that may lead to a tripling in fines for small businesses that fail to pay their taxes on time. It could result in the introduction of a sliding scale fine system, increasing the maximum penalty from five per cent of outstanding tax bills to as much as 15 per

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holiday home insurance
26 Sep

Protect your holiday home in winter

As the holiday season comes to an end, prudent holiday homeowners should be preparing their second homes for the winter. Make sure you think about the following: Maintenance Tasks • Turn off the utilities: Turn off the water and gas, and unplug all electronic devices. If your home has an electric heater, set the temperature to at

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Charities blog
23 Sep

5 ways the Charities Act may affect your charity

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 was given Royal Assent, and therefore became law, in March of this year. Its provisions are being enforced through a three-phase process, with the first beginning in June of this year and the other two phases occurring in October 2016 and April 2017. As this gets underway, here are five

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21 Sep

Achievement Award for Carl Shuker

We would like to congratulate our CEO, Carl Shuker, who was heralded for his career in broking at the UK Broker Awards, last Friday. This special award is presented each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the success, image or operation of the UK general insurance broking industry. Carl was

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student contents insurance
21 Sep

Going to university – what you need to know

Freshers’ week is in full swing in universities all over the country and undoubtedly serious matters are far from students’ minds. However, without scaremongering too much, figures suggest that one in three students will be a victim of crime at some point during their college or university careers (NUS study). Here are some tips to

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Van Insurance
16 Sep

Save money on your van insurance

Motor insurance premiums have continued to rise this year. A recent study by Consumer Intelligence shows that the average van insurance policy now costs £954, with best buy prices having risen by 9.7% in the year to April. Although van insurance premiums are rising at a slower rate than car insurance, drivers will still typically

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09 Sep

Rio Paralympics Competition Terms and Conditions

For the chance to win a “Picnic Celebration Hamper” from The British Hamper Company, you need to like the A-Plan Insurance Facebook page and comment on the competition post with your best guess of the final total number of medals that you think will be won by the Paralympics GB Team at the Rio Paralympics The

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08 Sep

Get involved in gas safety week

Gas Safety Week will take place from 19th to 25th September and is intended to help raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless and colourless gas that sends about 4,000 Britons to A&E, 200 to hospital, and causes 50 deaths annually, according to government statistics. Regardless of your

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05 Sep

How to prevent vehicle theft

Did You Know? About 225 vehicle thefts take place every day in the United Kingdom, according to the most recent Government statistics. Passenger cars are the single most popular target of vehicle theft because they are relatively easy to steal. An estimated 50% of thefts that occur are down to preventable errors on the part of

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01 Sep

Cyber security is not a priority for a majority of businesses

According to a quarterly survey from the merchant banking group, Close Brothers, 63 per cent of UK companies have chosen not to invest in better cyber security over the next 12 months, despite the fact that nearly that same amount are concerned about being victims of cyber crime. The decision to forego cyber defences is especially

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