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Why Social Media Is Important For Your Business

With social media’s exploding popularity, it is increasingly risky for businesses to ignore this medium. Whether promoting a new service or gauging consumer reactions, companies today are potentially behind the times if they are not yet involved in social media.

This article shares more of the advantages of integrating social media with your business.

Why Is Social Media So Important?
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Don’t Give Burglars A Festive Opportunity

The Christmas shopping season is now in full swing which means hiding all the enticing goodies around the house. Unfortunately, this can make you vulnerable to the opportunistic burglars who might be looking to take advantage.

According to a recent survey taken out by The Co-Operative Insurance, 42% of people surveyed said that they planned to have finished all their gift-buying by 22nd November – which means that many households will already have finished the big Christmas shop! A further 33% are planning to hit the shops between now and 6th December, which tells us the majority of people won’t be leaving it until the last minute. Furthermore, the average amount consumers will spend on gifts is said to be £437, while 6% expect to spend over £1,000 – this tells us that people will be hiding some pricey gifts away in their households. (more…)

Black Friday – How To Shop And Is It Really Worth It?

Black Friday is an American shopping event that happens on the first Friday after thanksgiving. This year it falls on 27th November. This tradition first started to come over to the UK back in 2003 but really, it took until 2013 for this to really gather a head of steam. This is because it was at that time Asda, owned by Walmart – got involved. £810m worth of items were sold last year in Britain, making it a record-breaking day. (more…)

Now Is Not the Time – Get Fully Covered

Now is not the time to drop or lower your cover. The economy is still recovering from the recent recession, and employers continue to experience budget pressures. The first reaction is always to cut back, and in some instances this can be a wise decision. But one area that should never be impacted by the budget is insurance cover. In fact, when budgets are tight, having proper insurance cover is more important than ever. (more…)

Be Prepared For Flooding

With the rain pouring hard all week, we need to bear in mind that your home can be flooded. Although this seems like the worst case scenario, it’s vital that you stay safe and be prepared for flooding. Use the following recommendations as a starting point.

Prepare your property for flooding
• Protect your valuables and expensive electronics by elevating or removing them
• Consider installing ‘check valves’ to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains
• If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds (more…)

Cyber Christmas

Many of us now do our Christmas shopping online. Who can argue with people doing this when it’s so convenient, quick and easy! It also gets it out of the way instead of making the classic last minute rushes around the local shopping centre on Christmas Eve. With all this in mind and the number of online shoppers growing year on year, we have a few tips on how to stay clear of viruses, malware and other online threats before adding items to your basket.

Research:
Be sure to do your research before you buy from a seller that you have never done (more…)

Travel With Your Business

Travelling for work can pose many risks to your employees. Whether travelling within the United Kingdom or abroad, they must accomplish the goals of their business trips while also dealing with the unfamiliarity of their surroundings and the accompanying risks.

Business Travel Insurance
In order to account for the various risks of doing business while travelling, many insurers offer comprehensive, flexible business travel insurance policies. Insurers can tailor policies to fit business’ individual needs, such as offering single trip, multi-trip and annual covers. Business travel insurance may also be arranged under a standard travel policy, depending on the trip’s purpose and risk profile. (more…)

Movember

The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising £402 million and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

The foundation simply asks all men to put away their razors for a month and grow their moustache in aid of the 4 health issues previously mentioned.

Gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men, this is not good news. On average, across the world, men die 6 years earlier than women.
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GAP Insurance – It Makes Sense

With over 75% of new cars in the UK bought on finance, the need for Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance is growing but many drivers could be paying well over the odds for it. Most people don’t realise that GAP insurance can also be taken out on used cars too!

GAP insurance is used to cover the difference between an insurance pay out and the replacement value of (more…)

How The John Lewis Christmas Advert Doesn’t Quite Add Up…

So it’s coming up to that time of year again – Christmas’. The John Lewis advert is one of the most anticipated parts of the lead up to the big day, building a huge reputation on simply brilliant advertising. As afternoon struck on Friday, the hashtag #manonthemoon had already racked up over 42,000 mentions across all social media platforms – Crazy considering last year’s Monty the Penguin advert had thousands less at the same stage.

But is it really ‘brilliant advertising’, (more…)