Category Archives: Seasonal

Autumn Sunshine
05 Oct

Autumn sunshine – the risks for motorists

Autumn sunshine is glorious but can be extremely challenging for motorists and the cause of nearly 3,000 road accidents a year* (*Institute of Advanced Motorists figures), particularly in October when the sun is low in the sky and sets earlier in the evening and rises later in the morning. The main problem is glare which can

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holiday home insurance
26 Sep

Protect your holiday home in winter

As the holiday season comes to an end, prudent holiday homeowners should be preparing their second homes for the winter. Make sure you think about the following: Maintenance Tasks • Turn off the utilities: Turn off the water and gas, and unplug all electronic devices. If your home has an electric heater, set the temperature to at

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student
21 Sep

Going to university – what you need to know

Freshers’ week is in full swing in universities all over the country and undoubtedly serious matters are far from students’ minds. However, without scaremongering too much, figures suggest that one in three students will be a victim of crime at some point during their college or university careers (NUS study). Here are some tips to

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31 Aug

Back to school costs more than £300

Can’t wait for the children to go back to school? But, have you got all their school uniform yet? Were you organised or have you left it to the last minute? Either way, the recommended list seems endless – new shoes, trainers, sports kit, and stationery. The cost varies from school to school and a

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home security summer holiday
15 Aug

Home security – don’t take chances this summer

The last thing you want to come home to after 2 weeks in the sun is a break-in, and then having to deal with the ensuing insurance claim. Here are our tips for home security to prevent this happening while you are away: 1. Tell a member of your family, local friend or trusted neighbour that

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14 Jul

Taking time off: can your business survive your holiday?

The stereotype of the overworked and underpaid business owner or manager is no myth—it is firmly grounded in reality. Lengthy working weeks with little to no respite is the norm. And while many business owners and managers think they can handle the stress and weighty responsibility without a rest, neglecting to take a break from

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11 Jul

10 cheap ways to keep the children entertained this summer

The school holidays are fast approaching! Some schools have already broken up. What are you going to do with the children for 6 weeks to keep them entertained and occupied? More importantly, what activities can you do that aren’t going to break the bank?! A recent survey (carried out on behalf of Epsom UK) among

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07 Jun

Barbecue & fire safety

Finally it’s barbecue season! A barbecue should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it’s all too easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you whilst cooking. According to ROSPA, the last time figures were collected through the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System (HASS/LASS), in 2002, an estimated 1800 people visited A&E

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09 Dec

The 12 days of insurance at Christmas

In keeping with the festive mood, may we present “The 12 days of insurance at Christmas”…. On the first day of insurance at Christmas, A-Plan gives to you an interesting fact about the most expensive car insurance claim to ever be made in the UK. Did you know that it was made by Rowan Atkinson

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roof collapse snow
04 Dec

Preparing and maintaining your house during winter

The following are five key home maintenance categories to focus on for winter. 1. Your heating system Have your boiler checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year, preferably before the heating season begins. Have your chimney checked and serviced by a licensed contractor at least once a year. Have your

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