A-Plan Blog

25 Sep

Late payments: the impact on small businesses

Ask any small business owner their least favourite aspect of company ownership, and late payments will probably be an answer. A report earlier this year suggests that “small businesses are facing a collective bill of £6.7bn per annum in outstanding payments owed by other companies – up from £2.6bn in 2017”. It’s the latest report

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summer holiday
22 Sep

Summer holiday misery: your rights

Today it has emerged that 178-year-old holiday firm; Thomas Cook has collapsed over night, triggering the biggest ever repatriation to bring 150,000 British holiday makers home. Whether you have had a holiday company go bust or experienced cancelled flights, it pays to know your rights if your summer holiday has been met with disappointment. Your

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bake off
18 Sep

Great British Bake Off: kitchen safety tips

If the latest series of The Great British Bake Off has inspired you to pull on your apron and get into the kitchen, it’s worth keeping in mind a troubling statistic: insurance claims for kitchen fires rise by a whopping 183% across the three months of the Bake Off. That’s the finding of research last

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key person
17 Sep

Key Person Cover – unlock the detail and find out more

Wifi, premises, tools, electricity, coffee and laptops are all things mentioned when you ask anyone in business what is essential to keeping things running. But what about key people? What about key men and woman that are essential to your business turning a profit? Just what would you do without them? How would your business

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fuel
12 Sep

Look out for new labels at fuel pumps

If you’ve filled up your car since the start of this month, you might have spotted that there have been some changes to the way petrol and diesel are labelled. The fuel itself hasn’t changed, but the way it’s described has. While you’ll probably still see the terms “petrol” and “diesel” in use on the

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blue badge
04 Sep

Blue Badge scheme recognises hidden disability

There’s good news if you suffer from an ‘invisible’ disability: the Blue Badge scheme is being extended so that you’ll now be eligible to apply. If your application is successful, this means you’ll be able to park in designated disabled parking spaces, as well as being able to park in other normally restricted places such

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non-standard construction
20 Aug

Buying a non-standard construction house: what you need to know

When buying a traditional bricks-and-mortar house, we tend to take it for granted that aspects of home ownership such as insurance and maintenance will be straightforward and nothing to be too concerned about. If you’re buying a non-standard construction house, however, there are a few extra considerations. Let’s take a look at what you need

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small businesses
14 Aug

Parents funding small businesses

Borrowing from the so-called ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is nothing new when it comes to buying your first home, but new research suggests that the latest generations of school and university-leavers are now turning to the parental moneybox to fund a new business venture. Research by WorldPay suggests that as many as one in

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fraud hotspot
12 Aug

Do you live in a fraud hotspot?

Fraud comes in many guises, and most of us have fallen victim to one form or another at some point. But did you know that the place you live can affect how likely you are to fall foul of different types of scam? Using data from Action Fraud and the Office for National Statistics, Which?

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sleep
25 Jul

Just what is keeping Brits up at night?

According to research by Bupa, 32 million Brits wake up worrying. If our mind is worrying it will not let us sleep, and waking up in the night can leave you tired, irritable and unable to concentrate. So just what keeps us awake? The same research by Bupa states that the number one thing that

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