A-Plan Blog

thatched roof
04 Mar

Thatched roof: how to protect your property

There’s no more quintessentially English sight than a chocolate box thatched roof cottage, but owning one of these romantic properties isn’t without its challenges. Today we’re looking at what you can do to look after your thatched roof to prolong its life and reduce the risk of fire. Maintaining a thatched roof Although having your

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27 Feb

Self employed? What business insurance do you need?

Nothing beats the freedom of being your own boss. But when you’re self-employed, protecting your livelihood is of paramount importance. With that in mind, what business insurance cover is it advisable to have to make sure your business is properly protected? Let’s take a look. Professional indemnity insurance Firstly, you will need professional indemnity insurance.

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21 Feb

Is your car insured correctly?

Making sure your car is insured correctly is just as important as getting the cover itself. For instance, if you use your car to commute to work, but your insurance policy only covers social driving, your car insurance may be invalid. That means that should you be involved in an accident, your insurer may not

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self-employed
18 Feb

The Entrepreneurial Generation

With an increasing percentage of the population choosing to become self-employed, it could be assumed that this is reflected in the uptake of relevant insurance policies. However, alarmingly this is not the case. Self-employment has increased from 3.3 million to 4.8 million over the last sixteen years*, yet many are not covered for the associated

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14 Feb

The problem with driverless cars

Imagine the world of the future, and one of the first technological advances you’ll probably think of is autonomous vehicles, otherwise known as driverless cars. In fact, the future is already here: autonomous vehicles not only exist, but they’re even on the road courtesy of Tesla, who claim that all their vehicles have “full self-driving

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driving at night
07 Feb

Driving other cars: are you insured?

Whatever the reason, there may be times when you need to drive someone else’s car. Perhaps a relative needs dropping off somewhere and they want you to take their car home for them. Maybe a friend has had too much to drink and wants you to drive them home in their car. Or perhaps they’ve

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Green Card
31 Jan

Green Card Guidance for UK Drivers

As there is some uncertainty surrounding the terms of the Brexit deal following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), we wanted to share our thoughts on some potential implications for motor insurance when driving abroad. Guidance from the Association of British Insurers and the Motor Insurance Bureau is that drivers should be in

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home contents
28 Jan

Are you covered comfortably for your home contents?

You probably know the value of your house, but do you know the value of what’s inside it? If not, the chances are that your home contents insurance may not provide enough cover should the worst happen. You wouldn’t be alone. Only just over half (57%) of the people we questioned as part of our

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24 Jan

Tax return for self assessment – Top tips

If you are self employed you must complete and submit your tax return, plus pay any tax due, by 31st January. With a week to go, follow our quick tips for a speedy submission and avoid an unnecessary £100 penalty. Begin! Don’t leave completing your tax return until the final day. You’ll need time to

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delayed flight
18 Jan

What to do if you’re delayed at an airport

Gatwick Airport made the headlines in the run-up to Christmas thanks to the chaos caused by multiple drone sightings. Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded amidst days of disruption, leaving many confused about their rights. So, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being stuck at an airport, whatever the reason, what

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