Category Archives: Personal

flood
25 Feb

Affected by a flood? Here’s what you need to do

With the winter storms upon us, do you have a plan in place for what to do if you’re affected by a weather-related flood? If you live in one of the estimated one in six homes prone to flooding in the UK, it’s wise to know what to do should the worst happen. Prevention is

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MOT
22 Feb

2020 MOT checklist

When your car reaches the age of three, you’ll need to make sure it goes for its annual MOT. The test isn’t expensive (it should cost no more than £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorbikes), but it’s a legal requirement. While a fail isn’t the end of the world, as it’s usually just a

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first home
20 Feb

Top tips for buying your first home

Buying your first home is one of life’s milestones, and it’s exciting and stressful in equal measure. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you navigate the tricky waters of getting onto the property ladder as smoothly as possible. Know what you can afford Before you even start looking at houses, it’s important to understand

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pets
19 Feb

Tips for driving safely with your pets

Travel sickness, dog-seatbelts, anxiety and space can be big problems when travelling with pets. It can be tempting to ditch the contraptions and medicines and just let your dog sit on your lap while you drive. According to a recent survey by Opinium, two thirds (69%) of drivers have travelled with a pet in their

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05 Feb

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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New Years Resolutions
22 Jan

How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. Happy New Year! If you’ve started 2020 with a list of resolutions for the year ahead, you’re not alone. According to research, around 60% of us make resolutions at the start of the year – but only around 8% of

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22 Jan

What Not to Leave in your Car During Freezing Weather.

As January’s arctic blast causes UK temperatures to plummet to sub-zero, don’t be tempted to leave the following items in your car overnight (as you make a quick dash into your warm and toasty home!): Electronic Devices with Lithium Batteries. Apple recommends not exposing an iPhone, iPad or laptop to temperatures below -4 degrees Celsius;

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04 Dec

Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

Frozen pipes are the biggest reason for escape of water claims in the winter. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the insurance industry pays out £2.5m every day to customers for escape of water home insurance claims. Some steps you can take to minimise the chances of an incident happening this winter are outlined below in our infographic: If

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Shoe box appeal
25 Oct

A-Plan supports Samaritan’s Purse Shoe box Appeal 2019

We are proud to be supporting Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child by Samaritan’s Purse collects shoe boxes—filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and fun toys. Then they deliver these to children in need around the world. A-Plan have teamed up with Samaritan’s Purse, so you can drop-off your filled shoe box at any A-Plan

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Busy commute to work
15 Oct

How long is the average commute to work?

How much of your time do you spend making your way to and from the office? According to research from the TUC, commutes take us an average of five minutes longer than a decade ago. This adds up to a whopping 18 extra hours each year.  The longest commute to work… It won’t come as

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