Beware the Insurance Implications of Plastic-Sector Change
January 21, 2019

Beware the Insurance Implications of Plastic-Sector Change

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The ketchup or mayonnaise bottle is rapidly becoming an endangered species; those types of plastic that cannot be recycled are definitely feeling the squeeze. New pledges on the use of plastics have been issued by a variety of organisations, including every British supermarket. All have promised to ban the unnecessary use of single-use plastic packaging…

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Two New Additions to the Ascend Team
January 20, 2019

Two New Additions to the Ascend Team

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Welcome to Daisy Doardo and Alex Patten to the growing Ascend team We have two new additions to the Ascend office in Chelmsford. Daisy Doardo – Commercial Account Handler and High Net Worth Executive Daisy joins Ascend from Jelf where she was a high net worth specialist and has previous experience as an underwriter in…

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Winter Risk Management Guide
January 9, 2019

Winter Risk Management Guide

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We have put together information on common risks, from extreme weather damaging buildings and causing dangerous driving conditions, to keeping your staff safe. Plus, in each section there are links to more detailed information and risk assessment checklists, which you can tailor to your business. Plus, in each section there are links to more detailed…

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Litigation is the Flavour of the Day in Food Manufacturing
January 7, 2019

Litigation is the Flavour of the Day in Food Manufacturing

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Putting some environmental claims behind its product has landed giant ice cream brand, Ben & Jerry’s, in hot water. A consumer advocacy group, The Organic Consumers Association, says Ben & Jerry’s parent company, Unilever, is misleading the consumer when it comes to its ‘green’ statements. The association alleges the big-name brand cannot claim commitment to…

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GDPR, the hospitality sector and CRM
December 31, 2018

GDPR, the hospitality sector and CRM

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The hospitality sector needs to be on its mettle, as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25 2018. Accommodation and hospitality providers in possession of information relating to previous guests and customers, perhaps in the form of addresses, credit card details, date of birth and passport number, must safeguard and justify…

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New minimum standards for energy efficiency in properties
December 24, 2018

New minimum standards for energy efficiency in properties

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In April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force in England and Wales. These regulations apply to both domestic and non-domestic rented properties, plus mixed-use developments, comprising both residential and commercial premises. Under MEES, it is now illegal for a landlord to let or renew a lease on a residential or commercial…

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Commercial Insurance Awards 2019 Finalist
December 21, 2018

Commercial Insurance Awards 2019 Finalist

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Congratulations to the whole team at Ascend Broking Group for our recent achievements in the Commercial Insurance sector. We are shortlisted for SIX awards at the annual Commercial Insurance Awards 2019 hosted by CIR Magazine.   Categories: Broker of the Year Categories: Regional Broker of the Year Categories: Growth Business of the Year Categories: Initiative of the Year Categories: Claims Team of the Year Categories: Social…

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Carillion. The bad-debt domino effect, and how to avoid it
December 17, 2018

Carillion. The bad-debt domino effect, and how to avoid it

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Another construction firm has gone bust, but this time it has attracted more attention than usual. Carillion’s suppliers are said to be owed a hefty £2 billion. This will have a knock-on effect for tens of thousands of businesses. The small firms that handled most of Carillion’s work will sadly be those most affected by…

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Data keeping drivers safe on the road by getting to know their good and bad habits
December 10, 2018

Data keeping drivers safe on the road by getting to know their good and bad habits

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Serious motor incidents involving HGV drivers always make the headlines, whilst a company car driver who carries out a motoring misdemeanour that negatively affects other road users can bring instant shame on the company name. A few years ago, preventing eventualities like this, which could conceivably have been avoided, would have seemed an impossibility in…

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Leave no stone unturned with Silicosis Risk Control
December 3, 2018

Leave no stone unturned with Silicosis Risk Control

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Stone masonry is one of the oldest trades in history, but is now also one of the modern-day workplace sectors most under scrutiny, as experts warn that silicosis could become the new asbestos. Silicosis is a long-term work-related lung disease to which anyone working with silica – naturally occurring in materials such as stone, concrete,…

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