Is your garden safe this Summer?

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Is you garden safe?

 

Spring is creeping ever closer and it will soon be time for the clocks to move forward to summer time. For many, the increased daylight hours and rising temperatures will be the signal to dust off the lawnmower, dig out the patio furniture and fire up the barbeque. But are you sure that all your garden gear is safe from opportunists?

The criminal hit list

According to research by Lloyds Market Home Insurance, valuables such as patio furniture and garden tools rank high on the hit list of opportunistic thieves, but too many of us fail to secure such expensive items. As a result, last summer there was a 12% increase in the number of unforced burglary claims made to the insurer compared with the winter months. The average claim added up to around £900, which is not an insignificant sum.

Claims are also likely to get more expensive: according to Lloyds Bank Insurance’sBritain at Home Report, UK households spend around £366 every year on garden items, with those aged 25-34 spending over double this amount (£747). Such spending is on the rise, with 33% of homeowners questioned saying that they spend more money on their gardens now than five years ago.

However, despite our growing love of gardens and garden furniture, over a third of respondents admitted that they have no secure lock for their garden, while a quarter (24%) confessed that none of their outdoor items was insured. This could mean that many homeowners face the possibility of forking out a large sum of money to replace stolen items.

Commenting on the research, Tim Downes of Lloyds Bank Insurance said: “We know that the majority of thefts from gardens and sheds are opportunistic, so it is worrying to see so many people leaving themselves exposed by investing in gardens without adequate insurance.

“When it comes to protecting our properties, homeowners must remember that what’s on the outside also counts, so taking some small easy steps could help prevent having to stump up for lost garden goods should the worst happen.”

Keeping garden items safe

So how can you deter thieves from helping themselves to your expensive garden goodies? Here are our top tips for keeping all your outdoor items safe.

  • Lock it. Invest in a secure lock to bolt up your garden shed, garage, gates and outhouses. It’s also a good idea to check your fencing for gaps, and to see whether anyone could push past your garden bushes.
  • Make it heavy. Loading the base of your patio furniture can make it harder for thieves to carry it away – use stones or bricks to make them weighty enough.
  • Mark it. Take photos of all of your furniture and outdoor items, and then make sure you write your postcode on everything. This way, you will be able to identify what’s yours if it goes missing, or it could deter someone from carrying it off in the first place.
  • Form a fortress. If you can’t block access to your garden with a locked gate, then using spiky plants or building high walls can help to put opportunists off.
  • Use gravel. A gravel path in the front of your home can make a stealthy approach much more difficult.
  • Put it away. Leaving BBQ’s, lawnmowers and bikes out in full view is asking for trouble – lock them away out of sight. Remember that garden tools and ladders could be used to break into your property.
  • Insure it. Last but not least, insure valuable items. Replacing stolen goods can be an expensive business if your items aren’t protected, so save yourself the hassle by topping up your home insurance.

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Is your garden safe this Summer?

A Director’s Guide to Business Insurance

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DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS INSURANCE: A BUSINESS ESSENTIAL

Imagine you have the opportunity to invest £100,000 for your company, with a 70% chance of providing a 20% return within five years. Do you decide to go for it? Now consider whether your decision would be different if you could be held personally liable for making the wrong decision; your home and other assets are on the line. Do you have the same approach to risk?

This simplified scenario demonstrates why Directors & Officers (D&O) insurance exists. Senior employees are exposed to civil and criminal liability in relation to a host of responsibilities including employee safety, tax and finance law. Company law can also give rise to personal liability, for example if directors know a company is about to become insolvent but continue trading anyway, resulting losses can potentially be recovered from their personal assets.

D&O insurance gives directors and officers the confidence to know there is support to pay compensation or defend claims or prosecutions when things go wrong. It’s not a ‘get out of jail free’ card to excuse negligent behaviour, but it does provide valuable protection in difficult situations.

Let’s consider seven key things you need to know about D&O insurance.

  1. Claims can be brought by a variety of company stakeholders
    It’s not just shareholders who may bring a claim against senior staff. Employees, bondholders, lenders, customers, consumer bodies, suppliers and competitors could all have legal standing to bring a claim. The likelihood is that at some point, every company will face the threat of a claim.

 

  1. D&O insurance is not compulsory
    The law does not require you to hold D&O insurance, but in practice companies can find it very difficult to recruit top talent without having a policy in place. Qualified candidates see insurance as an essential protection and usually ask to see the policy before entering an employment contract.

 

  1. Operating without D&O insurance can cause undue risk aversion
    Failing to put D&O insurance in place will not only harm recruitment; it also impedes the ability of senior executives to make decisions on behalf of the company. Put simply, they are likely to be more risk averse when their own assets are under threat.

 

  1. Professional indemnity insurance and D&O cover different types of risk
    There is often confusion about whether policies for professional indemnity and D&O are the same thing. They are separate: professional indemnity relates to situations where it is claimed that a service or advice has not been delivered to a competent standard. D&O insurance relates to the management of a company and concerns risk connected to governance and oversight.

 

  1. The first policies were developed in the Great Depression
    History time: D&O insurance was created in the 1930s after new laws were introduced in the US to hold directors to account for failings that led to the 1929 Wall Street crash.

 

  1. The law says some areas of liability must be excluded
    Providing cover for every corporate misdemeanour would arguably create a moral hazard in which executives would feel immune from the consequences of their actions. This is why English law says insurance cannot cover some types of penalty and fines. However, D&O insurance can pay for costs such as legal fees in defending a criminal charge.

 

  1. Cyberattacks are increasing risk for directors and officers
    Cybercrime is increasingly common for companies of all sizes; 74% of all small UK businesses have experienced a security breach in the last year. Executives can face claims from customers, shareholders and other interested parties following a breach, with losses being virtually unlimited. This is another incentive to put a quality D&O policy in place.

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A Director’s Guide to Business Insurance

TWO THIRDS OF LANDLORDS LIVE CLOSE BY TO THEIR PROPERTIES

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TWO THIRDS OF LANDLORDS LIVE CLOSE BY TO THEIR PROPERTIES

It appears that landlords are not only choosing to buy close to where they already live, but prefer to manage them day to day as well.

Two thirds of landlord live within 10 miles of their property, while analysis of 10,000 addresses shows one fifth are only a mile away or less.

Despite promise of higher rent yields, Simple Landlord suggests that familiarity with the area in which they live is one of the deciding factors.

The firm’s findings also show that 65% of the landlords questioned made a conscious decision to invest in property, while 17% become landlords “accidentally”. Meanwhile 9% are buying homes for family members, such as a child at University.

It appears that landlords are not only choosing to buy close to where they already live, but prefer to manage them day to day as well. 65% of landlords prefer to tackle any maintenance issues themselves.

Alex Huntley of Simple Landlords explained the findings, ‘We are seeing an increasing trend of savvy landlords taking direct control of how their property is let and managed and becoming much more self-sufficient,’

‘While it can be easy to bash landlords as faceless investors, these results show they are more likely to be part of the community they invest in and take a personal interest in making sure their property is well maintained and tenancies are long term,’ he said.

The poll revealed that 45% owned a single rental property while 40% owned between two and four. The percentage for those who owned over five homes was lower at 15%.

Some 45% of those polled owned a single rental property, while 40% owned between two and four properties and 15% said they have a portfolio of over five homes.

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TWO THIRDS OF LANDLORDS LIVE CLOSE BY TO THEIR PROPERTIES

Affordable & Reliable Tradesman Insurance

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SHOPPING AROUND FOR CAR INSURANCE BLAMED IN PART FOR RISING PREMIUMS

car-insurance-shopping-101-things-to-remember_3Rather than increasing competitiveness pushing the cost of car insurance down, close analysis shows that the opposite may be true.

A closer look at the most recent AA British Insurance Premium Index showed that the average cost of a comprehensive policy had risen by £12.50 bringing it up to £568 for an annual policy. The average cost of five of the cheapest quotes from comparison websites showed were up by nearly £84.

It seems this increase is down to the reluctance insurers have in offering cheap introductory offers at a loss, as they’re now well aware that most people will shop around come their renewal for a cheaper deal when the policy levels out to its normal rate.

AA director of insurance Michael Lloyd shed some light on one of the reasons for this upward trajectory,

“As more people look for introductory offers there is less incentive for companies to offer loss-making prices to attract new business that will, a year later, go elsewhere. So I believe this is one driver of recent premium increases while insurers are looking for ways to better reward customer loyalty.”

The Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) which rose by 67% between January to March 2016 has also been blamed for pricier premiums. This pushed up the overall cost of insurance premiums up by 15%, the highest ever recorded according to the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) and the Acturis Insurance Price Index.

Add to these factors the claims for whiplash which are still “unacceptably high” and the instance of uninsured drivers and you have a trend which shows no signs of back tracking,

“Premiums have not risen by as much over the second quarter as some commentators predicted although it’s still an upward trend that I expect to continue over the rest of the year,” Lloyd said.

 

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SHOPPING AROUND FOR CAR INSURANCE BLAMED IN PART FOR RISING PREMIUMS

Counting the cost: a business interruption event could threaten your company’s survival. Do you need insurance?

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BUSINESS INTERRUPTION CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME – ARE YOU PREPARED?

Most of us take our workplaces for granted. We come and go, popping out for lunch or to a meeting, expecting that everything will be the same when we return. But what if something happened to disrupt this smooth flow?

As hundreds of workers found out in the City of London in July 2016, the work environment can become inaccessible in the blink of an eye. A gas leak around Blomfield Street led to the evacuation of many office buildings in the densely packed adjacent streets.

The gas leak took hours to put right. How much did that cost the surrounding businesses? All those missed deadlines, unwritten reports and lost opportunities; the wasted hours spent by some of the most highly paid people in the country.

Are you vulnerable to business interruption?
Business interruption can happen to any company. Adverse weather, civil unrest, fire, burglary, and vandalism: there is a huge range of events that could potentially stop your organisation from operating as normal. No company is totally immune.

While companies usually protect themselves with insurance to cover property, equipment and stock, it is less common to think about the loss of profit during business disruption. Yet in the event of business interruption, the usual costs such as salaries, rent and so on need to be paid, but no new income will be received.

Meanwhile, despite your best efforts, if your business is interrupted then relationships with customers are likely to suffer and they may look elsewhere. You may also miss out on new business opportunities that could have made up the gap.

How business interruption insurance helps
Business interruption insurance protects you when disaster strikes. This form of insurance provides compensation for loss of income as well as assistance with meeting the increased costs of working while the premises are restored, such as temporary offices, overtime, hired equipment or transport costs.

Insurance often also provides cover for marketing costs to tell your customers when you are back up to full speed. An advertising campaign is typically required to ensure this message reaches the right people.

How to manage a business interruption claim
There are some key steps you can take to ensure that if you need to claim on your business interruption insurance, the matter will progress smoothly. Firstly, before taking out insurance make sure that you read the policy carefully and understand exactly what is covered, what is excluded and what excesses are applicable. You should also be clear about time limits for submitting a claim.

When a business interruption event occurs, document the event and damage as far as you are able. This might include taking photographs, making notes, and keeping contact information of any emergency or remedial services you used. Be careful to keep receipts for payments in relation to the disruption.

The more information you can provide with a claim, the more likely it is to proceed quickly and successfully. Of course, ensuring you purchase insurance from a reputable and reliable provider is also essential.

Counting the cost: a business interruption event could threaten your company’s survival. Do you need insurance?