Category: Business


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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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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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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Driving Law: Changes Coming
November 26, 2018

Driving Law: Changes Coming

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2018 sees many new driving laws come into force, while other established laws are set to change. Staying on top of changes could help you avoid breaking any laws in the future. Take a look at our vehicle cameras to help your driving CHANGES TO TAX ON DIESEL CARS From April 2018, motorists buying a…

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HSE Fees for Intervention – The Disputes Process
November 19, 2018

HSE Fees for Intervention – The Disputes Process

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CURRENT CONTEXT – the HSE claims it has always had a “proportionate dispute process” since it introduced Fee for Intervention (FFI) in 2012, intended to lay the cost burden of HSE intervention on businesses that break health and safety laws, not on taxpayers. In September 2016, permission was granted for a judicial review of the…

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Making the most of online opportunity
November 12, 2018

Making the most of online opportunity

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MAKING THE MOST OF ONLINE OPPORTUNITY Fundraising encourages charities to be creative and stand out for all the right reasons. A change in public preferences alongside advances in digital capability have pave the way for many new fundraising opportunities. With technology enabling the success of many non-traditional fundraising ideas, we have put together a list…

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