Category Archives: Commercial

23 Apr

Van ownership: to lease or to buy?

As a sole trader or small business relying on a van (or fleet of vans) for your livelihood, a major decision you’ll need to make is whether to buy a van or lease one. Let’s look at the arguments on each side. Buying a van When you buy a van, the biggest advantage is that

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defensive driving
12 Apr

Defensive driving tips that could save your life

Many jobs require employees to drive a company vehicle. While most drivers are cautious and attentive, accidents can occur without warning—even if the operator has years of experience. When accidents happen, it can be incredibly costly for employers. What’s more, just one accident can cost employees their job or lead to serious, debilitating injuries. One

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05 Apr

What can you learn from KFC?

In February, nearly two-thirds of KFCs across the United Kingdom were closed or offered a limited menu after its new distributor failed to deliver enough chicken on time. With no backup plan for how to get more chicken, customers took to social media to vent their frustrations at the fast-food restaurant chain. While KFC tried

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spring statement 2018
27 Mar

Spring Statement 2018 Highlights

  On 13 March, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Spring Statement 2018 to Parliament. Highlights for Businesses The National Living Wage will rise from £50 to £7.83, and the National Minimum Wage rates will increase as well in April. The government’s plan of increasing the amount of homes by an average of

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health and safety
22 Mar

Public Liability Insurance – Why essential for businesses?

Accidents do happen, from time to time. Having public liability insurance in place helps set your mind at rest, keeping you covered if a customer or member of the public suffers a loss or injury because of your business. What does public liability insurance cover? A comprehensive public and product liability policy provides cover for

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company cars
01 Mar

When are vans company cars?

Accountancy firm RSM has warned that many businesses and drivers could face heavy tax bills on company cars they thought were vans. A tribunal case from late last year ruled that although two modified Volkswagen Kombi T5 vehicles operated by Coca-Cola were originally classed as vans for tax purposes, once it considered the characteristics of

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cyber-security
19 Feb

How to Prevent a Cyber ‘Meltdown’

Cyber security researchers recently announced the discovery of two major security flaws that could allow hackers to bypass regular security measures and obtain normally inaccessible data. They’re called Meltdown and Spectre, and they’re both caused by design flaws found in nearly all modern processors. Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to access all of the data

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DVSA
12 Feb

Lorry, Coach and Bus Drivers Face DVSA Fines

Beginning on 5 March, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) traffic examiners will begin issuing on-the-spot fines to any lorry, bus or coach drivers for drivers’ hours offences committed in the last 28 days, such as exceeding daily driving limits or not taking enough breaks. Previously DVSA examiners could only fine drivers for offences committed

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company cars
08 Feb

Van Drivers Shape Up!

Van drivers are not known for their healthiness and clean eating! However, things are changing. A recent study, commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, has found that Britain’s van drivers are ditching their stereotypical lifestyle in favour of healthy eating and regular trips to the gym. According to the research, the average van driver now works

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