A-Plan Blog

open plan office
19 Jun

Making your open plan office work for you

Open plan offices can be a challenge to get right. A working environment designed to foster interaction and collaboration can also wreak havoc with productivity thanks to increased noise levels and the greater potential for interruption. However, with a bit of thought and planning, it’s possible to make sure your open plan office is a

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meetings
12 Jun

The unseen cost of meetings

We’ve probably all felt frustrated when we’ve had to sit through what feels like yet another pointless meeting. If you’ve ever felt that your time could be better spent on something else, you’d be right. Studies show that unnecessary meetings cost UK businesses over £191 billion a year, with the statistics showing just how much

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first home
06 Jun

Top tips for buying your first home

Buying your first home is one of life’s milestones, and it’s exciting and stressful in equal measure. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you navigate the tricky waters of getting onto the property ladder as smoothly as possible. Know what you can afford Before you even start looking at houses, it’s important to understand

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pop-up business
30 May

The rise of the pop-up business

One of the interesting retail phenomena to arise from the economic uncertainty of recent years is the pop-up business. From week-long clothes shops to months-old wine bars, and from traditional selling to innovative advertising, the pop-up business is a dynamic new presence in the world of retail, and one that looks set to continue. According

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MOT
20 May

2019 MOT checklist

When your car reaches the age of three, you’ll need to make sure it goes for its annual MOT. The test isn’t expensive (it should cost no more than £54.85 for cars and £29.65 for motorbikes), but it’s a legal requirement. While a fail isn’t the end of the world, as it’s usually just a

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valid MOT
14 May

2019 UK car road tax bands: what you need to know

Old-fashioned paper road tax discs on the car windscreen may now be a thing of the past, but paying your car tax definitely isn’t! So how is it calculated, and how much will it add to the running costs of that new car you’ve got your eye on? Let’s take a look at how road

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employment law
08 May

What employment law changes should small businesses be aware of?

When you’re busy running a small business, keeping up with changes in employment law might seem challenging – but it’s vital to be aware of these updates, as you could risk a fine if you don’t. Here are the key changes that happened in April 2019 that your small business needs to know about. Minimum

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home workers
29 Apr

What do home workers miss about working in an office?

There are loads of great benefits to working from home. No commute; the hours you choose; working on the sofa in your pyjamas. Many of those who work this way would find it difficult to adjust to life in an office having tasted these kinds of freedoms. But as with anything, even this lifestyle has

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keyless car theft
24 Apr

Keyless car theft: how to avoid becoming a victim

You don’t need a key to steal a car; anyone who’s ever watched a Hollywood film could tell you that. But, in an age when cars are increasingly locked not with an old-fashioned key but with a keyless entry system, things are a little different from the hot-wiring scenes we’re used to seeing in films.

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the high street
18 Apr

Is the high street really dying? All is not lost…

There’s a lot of doom and gloom about the future of the high street, and there has been for years. The advent of online shopping, the rising cost of petrol, the difficulty of parking in the nation’s town centres – these are all among the numerous factors on which the decline of the high street

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