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Annual Charity Quiz is a Sweet Success

We’re delighted to announce we raised a whopping £1,790 at our Annual Charity Quiz Night in aid of Forget-Me-Notts, Operation Orphan’s UK based project to help vulnerable children across the East Midlands. Fourteen businesses put their general knowledge to the test at the quiz, which took place at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and included a pie and chips supper. As well as raising money through tickets and a bottle tombola, the keen quizzers also bought an impressive 91 chocolate selection boxes to be gifted to children this Christmas. Drilling contractors British Drilling and Freezing, based in Colwick, won the top prize…

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Cotgrave FC Junior Team Scores With Brand New Kit

Here at Russell Scanlan, we’re passionate about local good causes. So we’re delighted to help one of Cotgrave FC’s junior teams to kick off the season by sponsoring their brand new kit. Cotgrave FC, formerly Cotgrave Colts, has been providing football for children in and around the village for the last 25 years, and we’re more than happy to fund the kit for the under 9s Clarets team. The 11-strong squad plays seven-a-side football in the Young Elizabethan League and trains at Ridley Sports Ground in Colliers Way, Cotgrave, alongside the under 9 Blues team. The club also manages senior teams,…

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Are Your Employees’ Apps Putting Your Business at Risk?

Apps are incredibly useful tools, allowing us to quickly look up information, carry out online banking transactions or edit photos. However, signing up for and downloading apps involves sharing lots of information and, for businesses, this can present a major risk in terms of cyber security. An “app” is an application on a smart phone or tablet that helps with a specific task, which can include anything from playing games and checking the weather to online shopping or watching TV programmes. For companies that provide their employees with mobile phones and tablets, apps may contain vital business information that, if leaked,…

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New Service To Help Holidaymakers With Health Conditions

A new service will be created to help people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as cancer, to find more affordable travel insurance premiums after research by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found that people with such conditions feel poorly served by the travel insurance industry. There are currently 15 million people in the UK living with a long-term health condition and this is expected to rise to 18 million over the next 10 years. People with such conditions can be quoted premiums for hundreds or thousands of pounds by mainstream insurers because of the extra risk associated with their conditions. Some…

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How Businesses Can Avoid Falling Victim to Phishing Scams

When it comes to phishing scams targeted at businesses, people are often the weakest link in the chain. Phishing scams, which involve hackers tricking unsuspecting users into clicking on malicious URLs or email attachments, are one of the most common types of cyber attack for this very reason. Hackers use phishing scams to steal information, which they can then use to gain unauthorised access to emails or financial accounts. A recent study by OpenVPN found that 25% of employees use the same password for everything, while 23% of employees admit to very frequently clicking on links before verifying they lead to…

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Decade of Success for Russell Scanlan Director

This month we’re celebrating our Director Simon Winiarski’s 10-year anniversary with Russell Scanlan. We welcomed Simon to the team in 2008 and, since then, he has risen through the ranks achieving some key business developments in the process, including being awarded prestigious Chartered Status by the Chartered Insurance Institute. Simon joined us as a development executive, managing a broad spectrum of clients across the professional services, manafacturing, retail, distribution and private clients sectors. He introduced a wealth of new clients to the business, making a huge contribution to our continued strong performance. In 2013, he was made part of the senior…

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Russell Scanlan’s Praise for Crackdown on Bogus Claims

With false holiday sickness claims on the rise, we take a look at why it’s important to recognise work to clamp down on fraudulent insurance claims. Bryan Banbury, Managing Director at Russell Scanlan, has praised the work of a specialist insurance industry law firm, which successfully defended against more than 2,000 fake holiday illness claims in just ten months. Horwich Farrelly has been working with the travel industry to investigate fraudulent claims and provide a defence for any cases taken to court. The law firm, which has six offices across the UK, advocates a zero-tolerance policy towards such claims. Bryan said:…

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Taking Digital Skills to the Next Level

We’re pleased to be joining the exhibitors at a city centre digital marketing conference that will bring together the marketing, creative and tech communities from across the East Midlands and beyond. Our team will exhibit at the Nottingham Digital Summit, which takes place just opposite our offices at Nottingham Playhouse on Thursday 21 June. The event will bring together the brightest minds in digital marketing, including representatives from Microsoft and Google, with 12 expert speakers giving talks in the main auditorium. There will also be 48 free digital marketing clinics, where delegates can discuss their business marketing needs. Director Simon Winiarski…

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Revolutionary Healthcare Product Proving Popular Among Nottingham SMEs

We’re thrilled to be seeing widespread interest in brand new health insurance plan, Equipsme – and we’ve just had our first customer sign up. We’re one of a handful of specially selected brokers in the UK to distribute the pioneering plan, which champions simple and accessible health insurance for SMEs and provides businesses with medical cover for as little as £7 per month, per employee. Bryan Banbury, Managing Director at Russell Scanlan, said: “We’re thrilled to have our first Equipsme customer on board – a Notts-based SME which was attracted by the simplicity and flexibility of the product. As NHS waiting times continue…

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Call Out For Local Businesses to Take A Stand for Charity

A charity which supports families in times of hardship is calling on local shops and businesses to sell their wares at a one-off pop-up shop in Farnsfield. The event, at St Michael’s Primary School, will raise money for Operation Orphan’s Forget-Me-Notts project, which helps families across the East Midlands by providing items such as Baby Boxes and gifts for children at Christmas. Organiser Rebecca Hale, who works for event sponsor Russell Scanlan, thinks it will be an exciting opportunity to bring together local traders for a good cause. She said: “The Forget-Me-Notts project provides a vital service for local children and…

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