Marriott International Data Hack Could Cost $1 billion

Marriott International have confirmed a data breach which has affected over 500 million customers. It has been reported that the hospitality giant suffered a hack on their booking system, which its used by brands including Sheraton Hotels, Aloft Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. In one of the sectors’ largest cyber liability incidents, guests who made bookings before 10th September this year may have had information such as their name, address, contact details and credit card numbers lifted. Officials have …

2018 Budget & the Implications for Business

The business world was on the edge of its seat last week, as Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his highly anticipated 2018 Budget. This was to be his final budget before the much taped about Brexit introduction and the Chancellor declared that this would be the one to ‘end austerity’ and help the much squeezed middle classes and SME owner. Key Numbers from 2018 Budget Reduction in deficit from 9.9% to 1.9% since 2009. Unemployment has fallen to …

Can your business cope with a disaster from an accidental or natural event?

  Over the past few years we have seen major outbreaks of fire within Northern Ireland and beyond, most recently the devastating fire at Primark Belfast. Other large fires which have hit the headlines include Grenfell Tower & Cameron House Hotel, both of which involved loss of life as well as extensive damage. Does your organisation have the resources and infrastructure in place, ready, to cope with the misfortune of disaster from an accidental or natural event? At ABL Group we can offer support …

Why You MUST Have Employers’ Liability Insurance Or Face a Fine

Employers’ liability insurance is not just a ‘nice to have’ for your business. What many company owners don’t realise is that it is a MUST have, as soon as you employ any staff. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to businesses, reinforcing that they will face fines if they’re found to be without this essential piece of protection in place. The warning comes after a vehicle repair company was fined £726 in Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, when …

ABL Group Conquer Slieve Donard!

The ABL Group team were delighted to support AWARE on the annual Slieve Donard Trek last weekend. To mark World Mental Health Day and in support of our charity of the year, teams from our Belfast, Coleraine and Downpatrick offices took part in the charity challenge on Saturday 6 October 2018. Every one of our party reached the 2789ft peak and enjoyed amazing views of the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal. At one point we even saw Scotland! ABL Group …

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