A-Plan Blog

starting your own small business
05 Apr

8 ideas for starting your own small business

According to an article by startups.co.uk, the UK small business landscape is still flourishing. Moreover, the research that was produced for our recent Insurance Spotlight Report showed that self-employment has increased from 3.3 million to 4.8 million over the last sixteen years. With more and more people becoming their own boss, here is some inspiration

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buy-to-let
05 Apr

Where are the best places to buy to let in the UK?

Investing in property is a great way to make some extra income, but with rental yields varying so much from one part of the country to another, where are the best places to buy to let for maximum return? If you’re serious about property investment, you’ll want to know the areas where property prices are

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28 Mar

Helping to reduce plastics in our oceans

Over the last few years, there has been a movement from businesses, organisations and charities coming together to carry out ‘clean up’ projects across our inland and coastal waters in a bid to reverse the damage caused by the dumping of plastics. At A-Plan, our specialist marine insurance team has a particularly keen understanding of

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motoring myths
26 Mar

Top 10 motoring myths

There are many rules, laws and regulations which affect motorists in the UK. These change frequently and it can be hard to keep track of those that could get you into trouble with the law. Even more so, there are a whole raft of myths which add to the confusion. In this week’s blog, we

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21 Mar

What to do if you discover subsidence

When it comes to problems with your house, subsidence is high up on the list of things you really don’t want happening. But what is it and what should you do if you discover it? What is subsidence? Subsidence is when part or parts of the ground under your home start to sink. It’s a

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14 Mar

What is the impact of the apprenticeship levy?

Statistics published last week by the National Audit Office (NAO) made interesting reading for businesses employing apprentices. Figures revealed that despite Government targets to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020, the number of people taking up training programmes has fallen significantly. So much, in fact, that the NAO says it’s “very unlikely” that the

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13 Mar

4 in 10 people are in the dark when it comes to valuing their possessions*

It is estimated that just under 11million households2 in the UK are not confident that they are valuing their possessions correctly for their home contents insurance, or have no contents insurance at all, according to A-Plan’s Insurance Spotlight Report, 2019 The ABI reports the average UK home contains £35,0003 worth of possessions.  Incorrect valuations of

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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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