Category: Commercial


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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Food For Thought When It Comes To Product Recalls
October 29, 2018

Food For Thought When It Comes To Product Recalls

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During 2016/17, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – the food-supply regulator in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – recalled 62 products. During the same period, Scotland’s FSS recalled 82 and the FSA and FSS together issued Allergy Alerts for 88 products. In February 2018 alone, product recalls made food news headlines for a variety of…

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Picture Potential With Your Drones
October 22, 2018

Picture Potential With Your Drones

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By 2030, it is suggested that there will be 76,000 drones in UK skies – a Sci-Fi lovers fantasy perhaps, but a phenomenon that will be very real and predicted to drive a 3.1% increase in productivity, as well as delivering a saving to the construction industry of £3.5 billion. Site surveys are one area…

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Allergen Breaches Can Have Big Repercussions
October 15, 2018

Allergen Breaches Can Have Big Repercussions

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Whilst many of us may wish for 15 minutes of fame, an Argyll-based hotel has secured its moment in the spotlight by preparing to serve midge burgers, making use of an abundance of wee insects that it can easily remove from its extermination machines. Midge-coated burgers are being touted as a potentially protein-rich ‘gourmet burger’,…

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