Category Archives: Commercial

open plan office
19 Jun

Making your open plan office work for you

Open plan offices can be a challenge to get right. A working environment designed to foster interaction and collaboration can also wreak havoc with productivity thanks to increased noise levels and the greater potential for interruption. However, with a bit of thought and planning, it’s possible to make sure your open plan office is a

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meetings
12 Jun

The unseen cost of meetings

We’ve probably all felt frustrated when we’ve had to sit through what feels like yet another pointless meeting. If you’ve ever felt that your time could be better spent on something else, you’d be right. Studies show that unnecessary meetings cost UK businesses over £191 billion a year, with the statistics showing just how much

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pop-up business
30 May

The rise of the pop-up business

One of the interesting retail phenomena to arise from the economic uncertainty of recent years is the pop-up business. From week-long clothes shops to months-old wine bars, and from traditional selling to innovative advertising, the pop-up business is a dynamic new presence in the world of retail, and one that looks set to continue. According

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employment law
08 May

What employment law changes should small businesses be aware of?

When you’re busy running a small business, keeping up with changes in employment law might seem challenging – but it’s vital to be aware of these updates, as you could risk a fine if you don’t. Here are the key changes that happened in April 2019 that your small business needs to know about. Minimum

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home workers
29 Apr

What do home workers miss about working in an office?

There are loads of great benefits to working from home. No commute; the hours you choose; working on the sofa in your pyjamas. Many of those who work this way would find it difficult to adjust to life in an office having tasted these kinds of freedoms. But as with anything, even this lifestyle has

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the high street
18 Apr

Is the high street really dying? All is not lost…

There’s a lot of doom and gloom about the future of the high street, and there has been for years. The advent of online shopping, the rising cost of petrol, the difficulty of parking in the nation’s town centres – these are all among the numerous factors on which the decline of the high street

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starting your own small business
05 Apr

8 ideas for starting your own small business

According to an article by startups.co.uk, the UK small business landscape is still flourishing. Moreover, the research that was produced for our recent Insurance Spotlight Report showed that self-employment has increased from 3.3 million to 4.8 million over the last sixteen years. With more and more people becoming their own boss, here is some inspiration

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28 Mar

Helping to reduce plastics in our oceans

Over the last few years, there has been a movement from businesses, organisations and charities coming together to carry out ‘clean up’ projects across our inland and coastal waters in a bid to reverse the damage caused by the dumping of plastics. At A-Plan, our specialist marine insurance team has a particularly keen understanding of

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14 Mar

What is the impact of the apprenticeship levy?

Statistics published last week by the National Audit Office (NAO) made interesting reading for businesses employing apprentices. Figures revealed that despite Government targets to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020, the number of people taking up training programmes has fallen significantly. So much, in fact, that the NAO says it’s “very unlikely” that the

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27 Feb

Self employed? What business insurance do you need?

Nothing beats the freedom of being your own boss. But when you’re self-employed, protecting your livelihood is of paramount importance. With that in mind, what business insurance cover is it advisable to have to make sure your business is properly protected? Let’s take a look. Professional indemnity insurance Firstly, you will need professional indemnity insurance.

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