A-Plan Blog

directors and officers
04 Aug

Directors and Officers claims on the rise

Since the financial crisis in 2008, claims against directors and officers have grown more frequent, complex and expensive. One reason for this rise is government legislation that has increased business transparency and placed the responsibility on directors and officers. In fact, after new guidelines from the Sentencing Council came into force in February 2016, the

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mobile
04 Aug

The dangers of distracted driving

When you hear the phrase “distracted driving” it’s likely you picture a young adult checking social media on their phone while on the road – and you’d be right in that this is very dangerous, however it’s not just young people and it’s not just phones that create a risk. Anything that takes away all

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HSE
01 Aug

HSE Releases 2016/2017 Fatal Injury Statistics

The HSE recently published the provisional statistics for work-related fatal accidents that occurred between 1st April 2016 and 1st March 2017, which continued to reflect the 20-year trend of declining fatality rates. Yet, whilst the United Kingdom has one of the best health and safety systems in the world, 137 people were killed at work

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lock
31 Jul

What to do if you lock yourself out of your house

Few people can put their hands up and say they have never locked themselves out of their house. Sometimes the door slams shut behind you while you’re putting the recycling out or chatting to a neighbour; maybe your keys have got lost or stolen. There are a couple of options on what action to take

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employee holidays
27 Jul

Managing employee holidays in your business

Managing employee holidays can be complicated for any business over the summer period, particularly when everyone wants to take time off with the family. Balancing adequate employee coverage so that you aren’t left short-staffed, with the need for your staff to have a break can be tricky. Here’s some advice to help you keep control

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pets
24 Jul

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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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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fire escape
17 Jul

Fire escape plan for your home

Why Should You Create a Fire Escape Plan? Every household should have some sort of fire escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action.

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12 Jul

#SpotScott competition on social media for Yeovil branch

For the chance to win a hamper from The British Hamper Company (worth £80), you need to share your selfie with the A-Plan Yeovil bus ad and post it on Facebook using the competition link: https://woobox.com/zeetds or on Twitter (by simply posting your selfie with the hashtag #SpotScott) The closing date for entries is before midnight

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small business confidence
11 Jul

Small business confidence wavering

In the second quarter of 2017, confidence as measured by the Small Business Index*, wavered for the first time since the referendum vote last summer. After the steep rises that were seen towards the end of 2016 and early 2017, the headline confidence measure fell to +15, down from +20 in Q1 2017 (although still

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