A-Plan Blog

21 Sep

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Competition

For the chance to win a hamper worth £50, you need to bring your cupcake(s) into these branches: Macclesfield, Kingston-upon-Thames, Ipswich and Ruislip The closing date for entries is Friday 28th September 2018 Only one entry per person The winner of the hamper will be judged by a member of the branch team in A-Plan.

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autumn
20 Sep

Preparing your garden for autumn

These are the jobs that you need to be doing this autumn, before the weather turns colder: Flower beds Start to divide herbaceous perennials as the weather cools. Make sure you water in the new divisions well. Plant spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, crocus and hyacinths now. Plant out any biennial plants sown earlier in

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landlords
19 Sep

Managing health and safety for landlords

Owning a rental property is a great way to make some extra income, but it comes with a few responsibilities. One of the biggest issues for landlords is managing health and safety, so today we’re going to be looking at what you’ll need to do to ensure your tenants are safe in their new home.

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office space
13 Sep

How to improve your office space

Recent research suggests that workers in an open-plan office space are more active and less stressed than those with desks in cubicles or private offices. The University of Arizona study used chest sensors to track movement and heart rate in hundreds of people in different buildings over three days. It also suggested that office workers

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student contents insurance
10 Sep

The importance of student contents insurance

As the summer draws to a close and the nation’s students head off to university, it’s a time for starting afresh and buying shiny new things to get through another year of study. New stationery, new laptops, new household essentials to kit out a new student house… And these new purchases all add up. That

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EL insurance
05 Sep

How employee status affects employers’ liability cover

As an owner or manager, you have a clear obligation and responsibility to provide your employees with a safe working environment. If you fail to do so, it could result in a current or even former employee filing a claim against you. A successful claim can be costly—not just financially—but also to your organisation’s reputation.

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motorhome
03 Sep

Purchasing the right motorhome – top tips

Motorhome, mobile home, campervan – call them what you will; if you’re feeling the lure of the open road, a mobile home is the perfect investment for future holidays. But with so many to choose from, deciding on the right one for you can be easier said than done. Here are some things to think

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high street
29 Aug

6 reasons to shop on your local high street

1. You boost the local economy Research on spending by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business, an estimated 63p stays within the local economy, compared to 40p for a larger business. 2. You increase the value of your home High streets populated with thriving independent businesses boost

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23 Aug

How you can reduce single-use plastic in your business

As a nation, we’re more aware than ever of the impact of plastics on our planet. As a business, you can do your bit to minimise the amount of single-use plastic in your workplace by following these eco-friendly suggestions. Packaging If you manufacture or distribute products, what can you do about your own use of

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cyber-security
21 Aug

Cyber-Security Breaches Survey 2018

Over 40 per cent of businesses and nearly 20 per cent of charities reported a cyber-security breach or attack within the last 12 months.  When such breaches occur, businesses and charities can suffer a variety of problems, including spending huge sums on new cyber-security measures and workers being unable to carry out their daily responsibilities.

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