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Ascend sponsor Paul Walter for the 2020 season
July 24, 2020

Ascend sponsor Paul Walter for the 2020 season

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We are delighted to sponsor Essex Cricket’s Paul Walter for the 2020 season. The left-handed all-rounder was Essex’s leading wicket-taker in 2o17’s Natwest T20 Blast. Born in Billericay, Walter is proud to represent his home county at first-class level and we are excited to see his successes in the coming season. Essex kick their season…

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Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus
May 12, 2020

Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus

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Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus Construction sites operating during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic need to ensure they are protecting their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection. This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures on sites of all sizes, in line with the Government’s recommendations on social distancing. Self-Isolation Anyone who…

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COVID-19’s impact on driving tests
May 10, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on driving tests

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COVID-19’s impact on driving tests Driving Theory tests are suspended until 08 May for now. You can book a theory test now for a date from 09 May. If your driving test is delayed and your theory test runs out before your next test, you will need to re-take a theory test (they are valid…

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31st January 2020 – Is your business Brexit ready?
January 20, 2020

31st January 2020 – Is your business Brexit ready?

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It is not long now to prepare for Brexit with the 31st January 2020 on the horizon. Our guide has been written with support from The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Brexit impact on business: which industries will be affected? For many businesses, there won’t be much to do. Staying on top…

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New guidelines expected to increase prison sentence lengths for gross negligence manslaughter
May 29, 2019

New guidelines expected to increase prison sentence lengths for gross negligence manslaughter

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For the first time, specific sentencing guidelines have been published for English and Welsh courts dealing with cases of unlawful act manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, manslaughter by reason of loss of control and manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. The guidelines will be used for sentences imposed from 1 November 2018, but are retrospective in…

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Increasing Knowledge on Application Fraud
April 15, 2019

Increasing Knowledge on Application Fraud

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Following a recent update from the Insurance Fraud Taskforce, which was set up by the government to help reduce the level of insurance fraud, they’ve recently introduced two new initiatives to help customers understand what fraud looks like and the need to provide correct information when applying for an insurance policy. THE INSURANCE EXPERIMENTS In…

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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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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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Legal News – three items of interest for the construction community
November 2, 2018

Legal News – three items of interest for the construction community

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Phoenixing – Construction bosses who phoenix firms could now face fines or bans Construction is one of the UK industries that suffers the most from ‘phoenixing’ – folding a firm to avoid debts then starting up a near identical business with a new name. Now directors who do this could face hefty fines or be…

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