A-Plan Blog

small businesses
21 Nov

5 common mistakes small businesses make in their first year

Starting your own business is a bold and exciting move, and for many, it’s a way of achieving freedom from working for someone else. However, many small businesses fall at the first hurdle, often by making the same common mistakes during their first year. Here are some of the pitfalls to watch out for and

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red weather warning car insurance
20 Nov

Red weather warning: what is the impact on your car insurance?

As winter approaches and the mercury plummets, you might be starting to think about what happens when the inevitable winter storms hit and the country experiences weather-related disruption. Last year the UK had more snow than it’s had for years, and if this year pans out the same, we may be in for a fair

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flood
12 Nov

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

With the first of the winter storms already behind 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

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frozen pipes
08 Nov

Tips to keep your home safe this winter

During the transition from summer to winter, it is important to carry out safety checks on your home, to help prevent the worst from happening! Pipes – Frozen pipes are the biggest reason for escape of water claims in the winter. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the insurance industry pays out £2.5m every day to customers for escape

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fleet
05 Nov

4 fleet maintenance tips for the winter

The colder weather may bring not only ice and snow, but high winds and flash flooding too. These are unpredictable and extreme winter weather conditions that every vehicle – private or commercial fleet – should be prepared for. How can your business minimise any unplanned vehicle downtime on account of the adverse weather conditions, and

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B&B
01 Nov

5 things you need to know about setting up a B&B

If you’re lucky enough to have some spare rooms, you might be thinking about how you could generate some income by running your own B&B business. Here are a few things you need to know before you take the plunge and open your doors to paying guests. 1. It’s vital to know your target audience

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horsebox
29 Oct

#BeSafe: What to do if your horsebox breaks down

There’s a reason why showbiz types say ‘never work with children or animals’. It’s because they’re unpredictable, and that’s also a good reason why you need to be extra careful if you’re travelling with them. Breaking down is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in, but if your horsebox breaks down with a horse

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windscreen
22 Oct

Looking after your windscreen this winter

The nights are closing in, the clocks are going back and the weather looks to be taking a colder turn this week. With winter just around the corner, and the possibility of rain, ice, or even snow, it makes perfect sense to be prepared. Here are some tips (reproduced with permission from Auto Windscreens) on

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flood
16 Oct

Flood season is here: how to recover after natural disasters

Storm Callum has caused devastating floods and landslides across parts of the country over the last few days. Flood warnings are still in place in Wales and Scotland and homes and businesses were without power in England. In recent years, the threat of flooding has increased significantly, and these rough waters don’t appear to be

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motorbike
15 Oct

#BeSafe: riding your motorbike in winter

Your motorbike doesn’t need to go into hibernation just because the weather is getting colder and rainier. Follow these tips to #BeSafe when you’re out on your motorbike this winter: 1. Invest in the right kit Wind chill is a concern at time of year, and it increases with speed. It can take the ‘feels

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