Category Archives: Commercial

14 Jul

Taking time off: can your business survive your holiday?

The stereotype of the overworked and underpaid business owner or manager is no myth—it is firmly grounded in reality. Lengthy working weeks with little to no respite is the norm. And while many business owners and managers think they can handle the stress and weighty responsibility without a rest, neglecting to take a break from

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Motor Trade
07 Jul

Motor traders and fleet owners experience rise in theft claims

Insurers are noting a sharp rise in the severity of theft claims for motor traders. Although overall motor vehicle theft is trending downwards (there were about 80,000 thefts in 2015, which is down 31 per cent from five years ago), motor traders and fleet owners are experiencing a dramatic uptick in the number and severity

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30 Jun

Business interruption insurance – 5 common mistakes

Any interruption to your company’s normal operations — even one that is brief — can be costly. Thankfully, these setbacks can be easily mitigated with comprehensive business interruption insurance. However, even if your company has a robust policy, it is only effective if your sum insured and indemnity period are adequate. To help ensure your

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16 Jun

Equipment Breakdown Insurance

Because your business depends on functioning equipment to operate and maintain revenue, a breakdown could be devastating. The threat of breakdown is increasingly prevalent because technologically advanced equipment tends to be sensitive and fragile and can easily sustain damage that causes breakdowns. The losses sustained will continue to increase with the rise of just-in-time manufacturing,

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ransomware attack
09 Jun

Half of UK businesses are unprepared for cyber attacks

In the last 12 months, two-thirds of large businesses (those with at least 250 employees) experienced at least one cyber attack or breach, according to the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey, released in May. Of those businesses, one-fourth experienced a breach at least monthly. While about one-third of these incidents involved cyber criminals impersonating the

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01 Jun

Commercial Insurance News – June 2016

Did you know? On 6th April, the government abolished employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25 years of age. This decision is expected to save employers an estimated £1,000 annually for every apprentice that earns £16,000. The government is predicting that the potential savings will encourage more employers to take on apprentices, which will

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directors
24 May

Professional Indemnity Insurance

The need for professional indemnity (PI) cover has grown over the past several decades as more people enter professional service-based professions. While PI insurance still covers ‘traditional’ professionals, such as doctors, solicitors, accountants and architects, a whole new market of professionals now need to consider PI cover. Whether a traditional or new professional, you can

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24 May

Public/Products Liability Insurance

The only way to effectively protect the assets of your business is to carry adequate insurance cover. Liability insurance protects your business from damages caused by bodily injury or property damage for which your business is found to be legally liable What Does Public/Products Liability Insurance Cover? A comprehensive public and product liability policy provides

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19 May

Enterprise Act receives Royal Assent

The Enterprise Act, a wide-ranging piece of legislation designed to benefit the United Kingdom’s 5.4 million businesses, received Royal Assent on 4th May 2016 and will come into effect in May 2017. The one-year transition period will allow businesses to make any necessary changes required by the new Act. The Act introduces a swathe of

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new-build home
12 May

Skills shortage in construction industry

Currently, the United Kingdom is experiencing a skills shortage in the construction sector which is driving up wages and holding back vital infrastructure work – including efforts to build 1 million new homes by 2020 to end the country’s housing crisis. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said construction wages rose by 6% in 2015, well ahead

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