Category Archives: Personal

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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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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winter survival car kit
06 Feb

Winter Car Kit Essentials

Bone-chilling temperatures, freezing arctic winds and up to 12 inches of snow will sweep across the UK this week. With yellow weather warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England, Wales and north-west Midlands, driving conditions could be treacherous. Be prepared for the worst and ensure you carry a winter survival kit in your

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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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29 Jan

A-Plan Thatcham Schemes and VW Shows

Since 2012, the A-Plan Thatcham Schemes office have been proudly supporting Volkswagen themed shows and events from the humble family show T-Fest to Europe’s biggest van show Busfest. Our adventures started when we joined the Volkswagen T4/T5 forum as a sponsor and we noticed the owners of the club held a small show called T-Fest

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24 Jan

Stamp duty and first time buyers

If buying a house is on your wish list for 2018, the revised stamp duty fee could affect your purchase. Following the budget announcement in Autumn 2017, first time buyers can enjoy a saving of up to £5,000 on stamp duty on first time purchases up to a value of £300,000 which will help first

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16 Jan

Don’t Risk Being Under-insured

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, you might want to think about whether the value of your home contents has increased with any gifts that you have received. Electronic goods, in particular, can soon mount up. • Did you know that an estimated 80% of people in the UK are under-insured? • Typically, an

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