A-Plan Blog

flooding
13 Sep

How to protect your business from flooding this winter

According to the BBC website, Aileen, the first named storm this season, brought heavy rain and high winds on Tuesday night, affecting rail services and leaving thousands without power. The Met Office said gusts of 74mph hit Mumbles Head in south Wales, with southern parts of northern England and the north Midlands also badly affected. Although predicting how

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van security
08 Sep

LCV and Van Security

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) are very different to their bigger brothers. Van security features that come as standard are more advanced than on HGVs. However, career criminals are finding more ways around van security systems and thefts of LCVs and their contents are on the rise again after reaching a 48-year low in 2014. Vehicles

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squatters
06 Sep

Protecting your commercial property from squatters

Squatting in unoccupied residential buildings in England and Wales is a criminal offence, however this does not include commercial properties. The police can only take action if squatters commit other crimes when entering or staying in a property. Crimes include: causing damage when entering the property causing damage while in the property not leaving when

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smart motorways
04 Sep

Smart motorways – what to be aware of

In the UK, smart motorways use technology to actively manage the flow of traffic. The technology is controlled from a regional traffic control centre. The control centres monitor traffic carefully and can activate and change signs and speed limits. This helps keep the traffic flowing freely. Smart motorways also increase the capacity of the road,

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underinsured
24 Aug

How SMEs can avoid being underinsured

Insurance companies base their premiums on, among other things, the value of the risk they are insuring which is usually based on the information a policyholder provides. If, at the time of a claim, this amount is found to be lower than the assessed value at the time of the loss then the insurers may

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car journeys
24 Aug

How to keep children occupied on long car journeys

Anyone with young children will know the struggle and stress of trying to take them on long car journeys. Whether it’s to the airport, a British seaside holiday or to a relative’s house, it’s likely to be a hassle. Here’s some advice on how to make it easier for everyone involved. Make sure your children

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redesigned currency
17 Aug

Preparing your business for the redesigned currency

The Timeline for the Redesigned Currency Here is a comprehensive timeline of events concerning the design and implementation of the redesigned currency, along with deadlines for businesses to accommodate them. 2016 Businesses are able to start adapting machines for the polymer banknotes. The new £5 note was issued on 13 September.   2017 On 28

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moving house
17 Aug

12 tips for moving house

Moving house is one of the most stressful times for anyone so it’s important to prepare. Here are some tips to help things go more smoothly: Declutter – hire a skip, give it to charity, sell it on a local site but get rid of that clutter! Sounds obvious but the less you have to

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flood risk
10 Aug

What to do to manage your flood risk

The Environment Agency (EA) estimates that over 5.5 million properties in England and Wales are vulnerable to flood risk. In Scotland, the number of at-risk properties is around 125,000 and 65,000 in Northern Ireland, respectively, according to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Northern Ireland’s Rivers Agency (RA). These numbers include properties at risk

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GDPR
10 Aug

GDPR and your company – what you need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in less than one year. If your organisation fails to comply with the new regulation and does not provide adequate cyber protection for your customers, you could receive sizeable fines and penalties, which, under the GDPR, could be up to €20 million or 4 per cent

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