Category Archives: News

20 Feb

Entries Open for A-Plan’s Local Business Charity Awards 2018

Entries are now open for the Oxfordshire Local Business Charity Awards, sponsored by A-Plan and the risk manager & insurance broker, Jelf. The awards, which have been held annually in neighbouring Gloucestershire since 2014, recognise the support given to local charities by Oxfordshire businesses. There are three awards to enter: The A-Plan Award  – entries

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A-Plan Marine boat security
16 Feb

How to Protect your Boat from Theft.

A-Plan Marine’s top tips for securing your boat from thieves: Theft of boats and equipment causes heartache and financial loss to thousands of marine enthusiasts every year, regardless of size or value. Common items stolen from boats tend to be those easily picked up and carried away by opportunists. Outboard motors and generators; marine communication

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Love your car A-Plan blog
14 Feb

Show your Car Some Love this Valentine’s.

7 ways to reignite that spark: Our cars are often the unloved, unappreciated heroes in our lives. They’re dependable, sturdy and selfless; dutifully ferrying us in safety, comfort and warmth to whichever destination we desire. Yet, it’s the one relationship in our lives which requires a little more love, after all, it slays distances without

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31 Jan

A-Plan Northampton Wins Mystery Shopper Award for Outstanding Customer Service.

A-Plan Northampton has been praised for their ‘outstanding customer service’ in the town’s inaugural Mystery Shopping Awards. Founded by Northampton’s Business Improvement District (BID), the accolades recognise excellence demonstrated by local businesses in a number of areas including service, sales, appearance and local knowledge. The team at A-Plan Northampton scored an outstanding 100% across the

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surcharges
19 Jul

End to credit and debit card surcharges

The government has announced that from 13th January 2018, businesses will not be allowed to add any surcharges for credit and debit card payments. This means that consumers will no longer be worse off when paying by card, either online or in a shop. The current rules, which have been in place since 2013, require

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employment law
30 Mar

Upcoming Employment Law Changes

As April approaches, there are several significant changes to employment law that your company should be aware of. Whilst not all of these may be directly relevant, it is nevertheless important that you remain aware of these changes: Increase to the national minimum wage (NMW) and national living wage (NLW). Beginning in April 2017, both

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16 Mar

Why are motor insurance premiums rising?

Whilst insurers are experiencing increasing levels of claims frequency and cost (especially for bodily injury and vehicle repair costs), there have been two major changes that are having an impact: The first is Insurance Premium Tax. This is a Tax levied by the Government on most insurance products.  Since November 2015, this has increased from

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vehicle tax
23 Jan

Vehicle tax is changing!

From 1st April 2017, vehicle tax for newly registered vehicles is changing in the UK. Generally, most cars will cost more to tax than they did previously, leaving only cheaper electric cars with tax-free status. The car tax changes were set in motion by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, as a response to falling CO2

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bank note changes for business
13 Oct

New polymer £5 – implications for your business

A new polymer £5 note was issued in the UK on 13 September 2016. A new £10 note will be issued in summer 2017 and a £20 note by 2020.  Over 30 countries around the world currently use polymer banknotes, including Australia, Canada and Mexico. As with any change in banknote design, all businesses that

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