A-Plan Blog

07 Feb

Meet the team – A-Plan Insurance Specialist

So first things first – introductions: I’m Kerry, I work at A-Plan in the Thatcham Specialist Branch. As a branch we wanted to be able to engage more with our clients, both new and old within the specialist market. We’re already involved in lots of events partnering with car clubs and car shows; however we

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heating
03 Feb

Tips for staying warm & keeping energy costs down this winter

We’re in the depths of winter – a bleak time of year when you feel like hibernating and the time of year when your energy costs are at their highest. To ensure that your savings don’t go down as you turn the heat up, follow these tips: Turn the thermostat down: According to the Energy

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malware
02 Feb

Businesses Pay Ransomware But Don’t Get Data Back!

Within the last 24 months, 44 per cent of all UK organisations have been infected by ransomware, and 27 per cent of those were infected more than once, according to recent research published by cyber security firm, Trend Micro. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) designed to block access to specific data, files

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cameras
30 Jan

Speeding fines to rise in April 2017 – what to be aware of

Speeding fines for the most serious cases in England and Wales will rise by up to 50% after a review of sentencing guidelines for magistrates’ courts. A driver caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, could be fined 150% of their weekly income. The Sentencing Council said it wanted to

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car club
26 Jan

Car club of the month – Westfield Sports Car Club

In the first of a series we’ll be running throughout 2017, A-Plan Specialist are highlighting some of the car clubs that have been making waves in their specialist areas – kicking things off with the kit car scene A-Plan Specialist are delighted to support the Westfield Sports Car Club. The Westfield Sports Car Club has

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vehicle tax
23 Jan

Vehicle tax is changing!

From 1st April 2017, vehicle tax for newly registered vehicles is changing in the UK. Generally, most cars will cost more to tax than they did previously, leaving only cheaper electric cars with tax-free status. The car tax changes were set in motion by former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osbourne, as a response to falling CO2

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bluebells spring 2017
23 Jan

Best places to see bluebells in spring 2019

Did you know that the bluebell was voted as Britain’s favourite flower? Here we list some of the best places to see bluebells in spring 2019 We are lucky in this country to have access to some wonderful woodlands where you can see bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in full bloom in the wild. Around half of

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new £1 coin
20 Jan

New £1 coin arriving soon – are you ready?

The new £1 coin will enter circulation in the UK on 28th March – is your business ready?   The current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters. Approximately one in thirty £1 coins in circulation is a counterfeit. All businesses which handle cash

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new-build home
16 Jan

How to get insurance if you own a new-build home

If you are moving into a new-build home, it can often be a struggle to get motor or home insurance because the postcode is not yet recognised by insurers. It is a source of frustration for many owners of new-build homes and this can remain an issue even after the Royal Mail has recognised the postcode of the housing

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