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roof collapse snow
27 Dec

How to Prevent Roof Collapse Caused by Heavy Snow.

Nothing says festive like a tablecloth of snow draped over roofs and tree-tops. Yet, despite its magical and fluffy appearance, snow, in particular its weight, poses a serious hazard to our homes, cars and businesses. But how many of us seriously consider the possibility of roof collapse when we awake to several feet of snow

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21 Dec

Employee Benefits Schemes – Advantages to your Business

Employee benefits schemes help attract and retain top talent. Recent industry research found that 82 per cent of employers offer benefits to retain employees, while 81 per cent do it to recruit employees, and 80 per cent do it to support overall employee health and well-being. Research from Glassdoor even found that a staggering 79

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21 Dec

Tips to Prevent Burglary This Christmas.

Long, dark nights, combined with inviting, unoccupied homes and the lure of tantalising Christmas presents left under the tree, provide burglars with all the excuses they need to brave a break-in.  Burglaries in the UK typically rise by almost 20% over the Christmas period and in December 2016, 37,492 break-ins were reported, more than any

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11 Dec

Winter Sports – A Short Guide to Staying Safe on the Slopes

The cold, crisp air and breath-taking vistas are just a few of the simple joys associated with winter sports. However, even the most competent skier and snowboarders can be involved in collisions or accidents. According to industry research, accidents on the slopes are the most common winter sports insurance claims. So if you are thinking

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07 Dec

Paradise Papers and Complying with the Criminal Finance Act

The Paradise Papers are a collection of 13.4 million confidential electronic documents that provide information—including the identities of shareholders and directors—for more than 120,000 individuals and companies with offshore investments listed by the offshore law firm, Appleby, and corporate services provider, Estera. The information in these documents is concerning, since an offshore company, sometimes called

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gas safety
04 Dec

Christmas Day – Most Dangerous Day for Gas Safety

Christmas Gas Safety Tips   Did you know most gas related house fires occur on Christmas Day? According to the Gas Safe Register,  only 5% of adults put a gas safety check on their to-do list in the run up to Christmas, making the festive season the most dangerous time of the year when it

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finance lease agreements mileage calculator
01 Dec

Finance Lease Agreements – How to Accurately Calculate your Mileage.

When considering vehicle contract hire or finance lease agreements, be mindful of your anticipated annual mileage. Get this wrong and that fantastic deal may not be as fantastic as you think…. Making the simplest of mistakes or miscalculations can be extremely costly to you and/or your business. Simple elements like ‘excess mileage charges’ can spiral to £100s and

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home contents insurance
30 Nov

Home Contents Insurance: Renters – Are you Covered?

If you rent don’t assume your landlord will cover your home contents insurance. A recent report commissioned by the Financial Inclusion Commission stated that “nearly 16 million adults living in rented or owner occupied accommodation in the UK have no home contents insurance cover for their possessions…60% of those on £15,000pa or less have no

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Budget
24 Nov

Autumn Budget 2017 – Highlights

On 22 November, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Autumn Budget 2017, his second Budget as Chancellor. Hammond focused on the United Kingdom’s ‘bright future’, declaring that the Budget supports ‘families and business in the near term’ while also supporting ‘growth in the long term as the United Kingdom forges a new relationship

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