A-Plan Blog

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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empty nesters
10 Oct

How insurance needs change at different life stages

In the first of a series of articles, we look at how your insurance needs may change over your lifetime: Having Children Your family’s insurance needs and obligations will evolve over time. Periodically reviewing those needs is necessary to ensure that you and your dependents are properly protected. Car As the children grow up, you

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Autumn Sunshine
05 Oct

Autumn sunshine – the risks for motorists

Autumn sunshine is glorious but can be extremely challenging for motorists and the cause of nearly 3,000 road accidents a year* (*Institute of Advanced Motorists figures), particularly in October when the sun is low in the sky and sets earlier in the evening and rises later in the morning. The main problem is glare which can

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motor trade insurance
03 Oct

Motor trade insurance – why it’s important

If you work in the motor trade, vehicles are at the heart of your business. Motor trade insurance is vital. There were a record number of new car registrations in 2015, and demand for new cars is 3.2 per cent higher in the first half of 2016 than this time last year, according to the

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03 Oct

Skydive for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

James Haynes, branch manager at the Birmingham branch, gave his thoughts on his parachute jump for charity which took place this weekend: “Skydive completed…. what an amazing experience. Difficult to put in to words how you feel but here goes…. We arrived at Hinton Skydiving at 8 to check in. The weather was perfect hardly

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small businesses
28 Sep

Small businesses could face new tax fines

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are considering proposals that may lead to a tripling in fines for small businesses that fail to pay their taxes on time. It could result in the introduction of a sliding scale fine system, increasing the maximum penalty from five per cent of outstanding tax bills to as much as 15 per

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holiday home insurance
26 Sep

Protect your holiday home in winter

As the holiday season comes to an end, prudent holiday homeowners should be preparing their second homes for the winter. Make sure you think about the following: Maintenance Tasks • Turn off the utilities: Turn off the water and gas, and unplug all electronic devices. If your home has an electric heater, set the temperature to at

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