A-Plan Blog

marine insurance
08 May

Our top tips for de-winterising your boat

The sun is lingering longer in the sky, which means it’s time to ‘de-winterise’ your boat and get out on the water. But before you can embark on your first trip, you still need to inspect your boat to ensure it is functional. Thankfully, de-winterising shouldn’t take too long, as long as your boat was

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GDPR
04 May

GDPR – what is it and how does it affect your business?

The EU’s new data protection reforms become applicable on 25th May 2018. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU regulation applicable in the UK without the need for domestic UK legislation (and so will apply between May 2018 and any departure from the EU). GDPR will automatically fall away in the event that the

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caravanning
02 May

Safe caravanning – it’s all in the preparation

Now that we are entering the most popular time of year for caravanning, it is important to make sure you are safe before taking your caravan out on the road. When it comes to safe caravanning, it’s not just about how you tow once you are on the road, equally as critical is making sure

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SMEs
27 Apr

SMEs – struggling to survive?

SMEs account for more than 99% of private sector businesses in the United Kingdom and provide employment for 16.8 million people. Their economic contribution should not be underestimated. However, British businesses are feeling the pinch with nearly a fifth (17%) missing payday in order to survive. Despite being responsible for nearly half of Britain’s economic

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tenants insurance
24 Apr

Why “Generation Rent” Needs Tenants Insurance

The number of 20-39 year olds renting has more than doubled from 20 to 50 per cent since 2000. Known as ‘generation rent’, many millennials are unable to afford the average house price of £217,502 (as of Feb 2017), which continues to grow by about 6 per cent each year. Until home ownership becomes more

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social media
19 Apr

Social Media – Protecting Your Business Reputation

With the fallout from United Airlines PR disaster still ongoing, it is perhaps timely to think about the steps you can take to protect your business reputation on social media! It isn’t feasible to attempt to control your entire message—in today’s highly digital environment, there’s no way you can control everything said about your company.

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cyber-breach
05 Apr

New report shows digital safety remains an issue for businesses

‘The Cyber Threat to UK Business’, the first joint report by the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA), presented a rather disheartening outlook for the digital safety and security of UK organisations. In fact, three months after it became operational in October 2016, the NCSC has had to address

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health and safety
05 Apr

Health and safety prosecutions against directors triple in 2016

Company directors can be held personally liable for a variety of events that fall outside of their control. The Companies Act 1985 lists over 200 offences alone, and that is only scratching the surface. Add in the Health & Safety at Work Act, EU Directives and ever increasing consumer protection legislation and it’s easy to

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home
05 Apr

Property sharing services – implications for insurance

Airbnb is a relatively new way of renting your home and has grown rapidly in popularity over the last 9 years. Since it launched in 2008, Airbnb has become a global phenomenon with more than 300,000 listings in 192 countries. Their website allows you to list your house or flat as a whole or even

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