A-Plan Blog

03 Apr

Checklist for Buying a Car

With a bewildering array of makes and models, it’s little wonder that many people find the idea of buying a car a little daunting. But with a methodical approach, it needn’t be. Assuming you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in, use this checklist when you view the car to be sure you’re making the right

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spring statement 2018
27 Mar

Spring Statement 2018 Highlights

  On 13 March, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered the Spring Statement 2018 to Parliament. Highlights for Businesses The National Living Wage will rise from £50 to £7.83, and the National Minimum Wage rates will increase as well in April. The government’s plan of increasing the amount of homes by an average of

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escape of water
26 Mar

Preventing Escape of Water Claims

Escape of water is one of the most common causes of home insurance claims and can cause a huge inconvenience to tenants and home owners. According to the Association of British Insurers, one in five home insurance claims are as a result of escape of water, with insurers paying out £483 million to help customers in

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health and safety
22 Mar

Public Liability Insurance – Why essential for businesses?

Accidents do happen, from time to time. Having public liability insurance in place helps set your mind at rest, keeping you covered if a customer or member of the public suffers a loss or injury because of your business. What does public liability insurance cover? A comprehensive public and product liability policy provides cover for

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classic car insurance
21 Mar

Classic Car Insurance: FAQs

What is classic car insurance? Classic car insurance is specialist insurance designed for vehicles generally over 20 years old and driven as a second vehicle (although we can do modern classics depending on the model and mileage), these cars are usually treasured by their owners and are collectible. Classic vehicle insurance differs from normal insurance

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15 Mar

Tips on servicing and maintaining your car

To keep your vehicle in the best possible condition, it is recommended that your car receives a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes sooner. Here are some tips to help: How much does a car service cost? The average cost of a basic car service is around £125. But,

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06 Mar

2017 Saw Home Burglaries Rise by a Third

There were an estimated 261,965 domestic burglaries last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is an increase of 32 per cent over 2016 and highlights the continued importance of home security. To ensure that your home is adequately protected, follow these six tips: Invest in stronger locks fitted on your windows and

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company cars
01 Mar

When are vans company cars?

Accountancy firm RSM has warned that many businesses and drivers could face heavy tax bills on company cars they thought were vans. A tribunal case from late last year ruled that although two modified Volkswagen Kombi T5 vehicles operated by Coca-Cola were originally classed as vans for tax purposes, once it considered the characteristics of

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22 Feb

Spring clean – A time to cleanse

Spring time is often a catalyst for getting the house decluttered and spruced up for the year ahead. Here are some tips to help your spring clean: Be realistic: don’t try to tackle the whole house in a day. Make a list of the areas you want to concentrate on and the cleaning products you’ll

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20 Feb

Entries Open for A-Plan’s Local Business Charity Awards 2018

Entries are now open for the Oxfordshire Local Business Charity Awards, sponsored by A-Plan and the risk manager & insurance broker, Jelf. The awards, which have been held annually in neighbouring Gloucestershire since 2014, recognise the support given to local charities by Oxfordshire businesses. There are three awards to enter: The A-Plan Award  – entries

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