Black Friday: Explained!

Imported into the UK from our American cousins, Black Friday is a bargain-filled shopping bonanza which kicks off the annual pre-Christmas retail frenzy. For retailers it can be both a blessing and a curse, offering the chance to boost profits – but at what cost?

What is Black Friday?
Annual retail holiday Black Friday falls the day after Thanksgiving in the US. In recent years it has become the biggest shopping day of the year in the UK too.

How did it start? And when did it come to Britain?
Though nobody really knows for sure how it got its name, retail folklore suggests it comes from the day marking when retailers go from being ‘in the red’ to ‘in the black’. Coined in the 1960s to kick off the Christmas shopping trading period, the day has recently been adopted by UK retailers after Amazon UK started offering deals in 2010 and Asda, which is owned by American giant Walmart, held its first Black Friday sale in 2013. (more…)

10 Christmas Jobs Which Take Longer Than Checking Your Insurance

There is something about Christmas that makes most of us want to cram in as many tasks as humanly possible, so that we can guarantee ourselves and those around us a memorable Christmas.

But such is life and all its unpredictability that your Christmas can become memorable for the wrong reasons; a broken boiler, stolen presents, storm damage and anything else the season of good will might throw at you.

This is why it’s important to make sure that your insurance is still as relevant in the winter season as it was when you first arranged it, especially in the lead up to Christmas when your home contents value is likely to go up as fast as you buy presents. (more…)

Insuring Your Christmas

Leaving empty boxes for expensive presents out in the street and having fairy lights on all hours are two risks which you’re unlikely to come across any other time of the year.

So before you set about splashing the cash and raising a glass to good health, check to see whether your insurance is enough to cover your financial wellbeing this Christmas.

House fires
House fires are a big risk in December, so make sure that your sums insured is up to date. Buildings insurance should cover the cost of rebuilding your home entirely, including planning and architecture costs.

Double check that this figure is current and not based on your home’s market value. If it’s not enough, you might get far less in the event of a claim, even if just one room is affected by fire damage, as your property will be underinsured as a whole. (more…)

4 Top Tips for Saving Money During the Festive Season

As the festive season approaches, be sure to use these four tips to save money during one of the most expensive times of the year:

  1. Set a budget. On average, a household spends £500 on Christmas, which includes food, presents, travel and decorations. While you may spend more or less than that, it’s important that you review how much you spent in previous years. After you know that, you can break down how much you need to save each month.
  2. Figure out how much you will need to save each month. Even with a budget, you need to be smart about how much you should save from each pay cheque. You don’t want to set aside too much to the point that it becomes detrimental to your other necessary expenses. In addition, consider starting a collection jar for all your loose change.

  3. Reconsider your traditions. Take a look at your traditions to see where you can save some money. For example, if you send out Christmas cards every year, send a digital card to save money. Alternatively, if you want to still mail out a card, you can use second-class stamps.

  4. Decide where you store your savings. It’s important to know where you keep your festive season savings so you don’t accidently spend some or all of it. You can open a separate bank account or keep it tucked away somewhere safe at home.

Bennett Christmas – Christmas Update!

As if BC couldn’t get any more Christmassy, the 20th December just got even more exciting. For those who do not wish to embrace Christmas yet, tough luck.

Very quick recap – Thanks to all 6 members of staff for giving up their time decorating the entire office last Friday after work with some fantastic festivLiam Cakee decs!

BC Festive Bake Off:

The competition is fierce and we’re not even half way through yet! We’ve had some amazing efforts so far as you can see our winners of each day in the pictures. Although various members of staff have raised issues with the judging being controversial, the bake off is
being thoroughly enjoyed by all 18 staff involved and also people who didn’t take part having a slice of the action. When Round 1 is decided, we move on to Round 2 which will be a savoury bake. This starts as of next Tuesday. We are also raising money for St Peter St James Hospice whilst doing all of this, going to a great cause. (more…)

12 Days of Bennett Christmas

This year we will be running ’12 days of Bennett Christmas’ on social media, starting from 1st December.

The campaign will run on working days between 1st and 16th December, sending out a daily Tweet, Facebook post, LinkedIn and Instagram asking people to respond by midnight that day to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Winners for each day will be announced on social media the following day.

Good luck!!