A-Plan Blog

01 Nov

Health and Safety Fines Rise Dramatically

There has been a swift and dramatic rise of massive fines for corporate manslaughter, food safety and hygiene offences, and health and safety offences since the new sentencing guidelines came into force in February. The intention behind these new guidelines is to ensure that the fines have a significant impact on a company’s finances and

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27 Oct

8 Tips on how to stay safe this Halloween

With Halloween upon us, we wanted to share some tips for staying safe and injury free. The fire service has a series of tips to help people stay safe: If you’re making homemade lanterns, think carefully about the fire risks – particularly the possibility of the candle falling over. It is far safer to use flickering

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26 Oct

2016 – Cyber Security Breaches Survey

The internet promises big rewards for businesses but also big risks. The threat is significant—24 per cent of all businesses detected one or more cyber security breaches in the last 12 months. But that number skyrockets when classifying businesses by size—jumping to 51 per cent of all medium firms and 65 per cent of all

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half term
24 Oct

Half term activities for all the family

It seems as if the children only just went back to school but, unbelievably, it is now the half term holidays for a majority of children in the UK! Here is some inspiration for things to do around the country over the coming week or so: 1. If you ever wanted to try your hand at

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20 Oct

Cyber Security – NCSC Opens for Business

The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) will be the UK’s authority on cyber security.  It is part of GCHQ and will bring together CESG – the Information Security arm of GCHQ – the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, CERT-UK and the Centre for Cyber Assessment, to form one organisation that will simplify the

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18 Oct

Motor Insurance – FAQs

1. How do I find my policy details and documents? You can select to receive your policy documents by mail, collect them in person from your branch or you can opt to have them saved in an online portal to print whenever you need them. If you choose this last option, your branch will send

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vehicle repair scams
17 Oct

Avoiding Vehicle Repair Scams

Car maintenance is an essential part of owning a vehicle, but getting ripped off at the garage should not be. So, to ensure that you get an honest, fair deal from your mechanic, be aware of these 6 common vehicle repair scams and follow these 4 best practices: Common Motor Vehicle Repair Scams 1. Misfuelling: Garages can quote

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bank note changes for business
13 Oct

New polymer £5 – implications for your business

A new polymer £5 note was issued in the UK on 13 September 2016. A new £10 note will be issued in summer 2017 and a £20 note by 2020.  Over 30 countries around the world currently use polymer banknotes, including Australia, Canada and Mexico. As with any change in banknote design, all businesses that

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