Category Archives: Commercial

cyber-breach
19 Sep

How to protect your company from a cyber-breach

About 400,000 people in the UK may have had their information stolen following a cyber-breach at the credit monitoring firm Equifax. The US company said an investigation had revealed that a file containing UK consumer information “may potentially have been accessed”. The data includes names, dates of birth, email addresses and telephone numbers, but does

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flooding
13 Sep

How to protect your business from flooding this winter

According to the BBC website, Aileen, the first named storm this season, brought heavy rain and high winds on Tuesday night, affecting rail services and leaving thousands without power. The Met Office said gusts of 74mph hit Mumbles Head in south Wales, with southern parts of northern England and the north Midlands also badly affected. Although predicting how

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squatters
06 Sep

Protecting your commercial property from squatters

Squatting in unoccupied residential buildings in England and Wales is a criminal offence, however this does not include commercial properties. The police can only take action if squatters commit other crimes when entering or staying in a property. Crimes include: causing damage when entering the property causing damage while in the property not leaving when

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underinsured
24 Aug

How SMEs can avoid being underinsured

Insurance companies base their premiums on, among other things, the value of the risk they are insuring which is usually based on the information a policyholder provides. If, at the time of a claim, this amount is found to be lower than the assessed value at the time of the loss then the insurers may

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redesigned currency
17 Aug

Preparing your business for the redesigned currency

The Timeline for the Redesigned Currency Here is a comprehensive timeline of events concerning the design and implementation of the redesigned currency, along with deadlines for businesses to accommodate them. 2016 Businesses are able to start adapting machines for the polymer banknotes. The new £5 note was issued on 13 September.   2017 On 28

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GDPR
10 Aug

GDPR and your company – what you need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in less than one year. If your organisation fails to comply with the new regulation and does not provide adequate cyber protection for your customers, you could receive sizeable fines and penalties, which, under the GDPR, could be up to €20 million or 4 per cent

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directors and officers
04 Aug

Directors and Officers claims on the rise

Since the financial crisis in 2008, claims against directors and officers have grown more frequent, complex and expensive. One reason for this rise is government legislation that has increased business transparency and placed the responsibility on directors and officers. In fact, after new guidelines from the Sentencing Council came into force in February 2016, the

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HSE
01 Aug

HSE Releases 2016/2017 Fatal Injury Statistics

The HSE recently published the provisional statistics for work-related fatal accidents that occurred between 1st April 2016 and 1st March 2017, which continued to reflect the 20-year trend of declining fatality rates. Yet, whilst the United Kingdom has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, 137 people were killed at work

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employee holidays
27 Jul

Managing employee holidays in your business

Managing employee holidays can be complicated for any business over the summer period, particularly when everyone wants to take time off with the family. Balancing adequate employee coverage so that you aren’t left short-staffed, with the need for your staff to have a break can be tricky. Here’s some advice to help you keep control

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