Running a small business is hard work and time is precious, with a long list of jobs to do insurance is likely to feature towards the bottom. However with the FCA reporting that almost 40% of SME businesses are underinsured having the right cover in place can be key to keeping your business safe and thriving. If you own a small or medium-sized enterprise you need access to insurance products that protect your business if things go wrong.
Not purchasing insurance puts your business at risk but not purchasing the right amount of insurance also poses a risk to your business.
For example, your contents value is £50,000 but in order to keep the premium lower you advise your insurer that it is only £25,000 leaving you 50% underinsured. You suffer a fire causing £5,000 of damage to contents and make a claim to insurers. Insurers only pay you £2,500 even though your sum insured is £25,000.
This is because of the average clause is calculated as follows;
Would your business survive the shortfall? If you are unsure what limits are adequate for your business take the time to discuss it with your broker or insurer. Getting it right will be essential to the survival of your business should the worse happen.
Under-insurance aside, there are things you can do to reduce the risk your business faces on a daily basis, here are some of the basics that can help;
No matter how cautious you are, unfortunately claims do still happen, here are some tips to help if the worst should occur;
Prevention is always better than cure and we would always recommend avoiding risk when possible. Don’t cut corners and think it will never happen to you, insurance provides peace of mind that your business will recover from a loss therefore it’s important to get it right.
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Protects against claims of alleged negligence in your professional services, advice and designs.
Protects against claims of injury to third-parties or damage to a third-party's property.
A legal requirement for anyone employing staff. Protects your business in-case an employee is injured at work.
Protection for losses from, fraud, dishonesty, theft, bribery, forgery, and loss investigations.
Covers your business in the event of a malicious attack on your computer systems and data.