A-Plan Blog

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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summer
10 Jul

10 free things to do with children this summer

The summer holidays are fast approaching and are a notoriously expensive time for parents. Keeping the children entertained for 6 weeks can really add up! If you want some ideas for free family activities, we’ve put together a list below: 1. Visit a museum. Lots of museums now have free entry and there is bound

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gig economy
05 Jul

What are your obligations to gig economy workers?

The “gig” or sharing economy is composed of organisations that hire independent workers for short-term positions. The BBC defines it as “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs”. Instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the “gigs” they do, such as a

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car interior
03 Jul

5 ways to help keep your car interior clean

If you spend a lot of time in your car, especially if you have children or pets, your car interior can quickly resemble a dustbin on wheels! Not just untidy, your car can also become a host to germs if you don’t keep on top of the cleaning. In fact, according to research by Salford

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squatters
30 Jun

A guide to fire safety legal responsibilities

In light of the terrible and tragic events in London, we wanted to share this advice from Zurich Insider. This will help you and your business understand fire safety responsibilities for non-domestic premises. Zurich have also created a multi-disciplinary group to provide technical support and guidance which you can read about here. Legislation requires responsible

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festival
26 Jun

Keeping safe at a music festival

With festival season now in full swing, here are some tips to keep your valuables safe if you are heading to one this summer. Whilst most people are concerned with what the weather will be doing, where their favourite bands will be playing or how clean the loos will be, many forget about the downside

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jargon
23 Jun

Commercial insurance jargon buster – our top 10

Insurance is complicated enough, particularly when looking to cover the risks for your business. Here we give our explanations of the top 10 jargon terms seen in commercial insurance. We would also highly recommend that you read our “Guide to the Insurance Act“: Average clause – A policy condition that requires the amount of a

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young drivers
19 Jun

Young drivers bearing the brunt of higher premiums

Passing your driving test is an exciting time but young drivers are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable insurance. The recent increases in IPT (Insurance Premium Tax) disproportionately affect younger drivers who already have the highest premiums and there is no exemption being offered to young drivers who are seen as a high-risk category.

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SME
09 Jun

Nearly Every UK SME Owed £16,000 in Late Payments

More than half of Britain’s SMEs (52% in total) were owed an estimated total of £44.6 billion in late payments by the end of 2016, according to recent industry research*. That averages out to roughly £16,000 per SME; however, 1 in 10 were owed more than £100,000. This massive financial delay has been detrimental for

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