A-Plan Blog

flood
25 Feb

Affected by a flood? Here’s what you need to do

With the winter storms upon us, do you have a plan in place for what to do if you’re affected by a weather-related flood? If you live in one of the estimated one in six homes prone to flooding in the UK, it’s wise to know what to do should the worst happen. Prevention is

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MOT
22 Feb

2020 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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first home
20 Feb

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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pets
19 Feb

Tips for driving safely with your pets

Travel sickness, dog-seatbelts, anxiety and space can be big problems when travelling with pets. It can be tempting to ditch the contraptions and medicines and just let your dog sit on your lap while you drive. According to a recent survey by Opinium, two thirds (69%) of drivers have travelled with a pet in their

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17 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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11 Feb

New Polymer £20 Note Release Date

The new polymer £20 note will be released on 20th February 2020, replacing the current paper note. You will still be able to use valid paper notes until it is withdrawn from circulation. The date of this will not be confirmed until the new note is released but will be at least 6 months from

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11 Feb

Travelling to the EU after Brexit

Traveling to the EU after Brexit If you are planning on making a trip to Europe this year, this is the latest advice on travelling until 31 December 2020. Since leaving the EU on 31 January 2020 the UK is currently in a period of transition (known as the “implementation period”). This means that until

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11 Feb

Employee Benefits – Group Protection

Employee Benefits – what could you do? New year’s resolutions are most likely to be over. You’ve done dry January; you’ve gone vegan and you’ve booked your next holiday. Have you stepped back and refreshed your employee benefits? Are your current benefits out of date? Do they still manage to attract and retain staff? Are

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10 Feb

Smart motorways – What to do if you breakdown on one

What to do if you breakdown on a smart motorway Smart motorways have been hitting the headlines recently, and not for a good reason. Figures show that 38 people have died on them in the last five years. Campaigners have called into question the safety of using the hard shoulder as an extra lane to

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meetings
10 Feb

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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