The safety and well being of your employees is one of the many responsibilities you have as a UK-based business owner. Your legal obligation is to ensure you have sufficient insurance in case something happens to your employees. You don’t just have to worry about your employees when running a business. Instead, you should think about your business premises and vehicles as well as all other assets that are important in the daily operation of your business.
Contrary to what many small-business owners think, it is much more complicated than simply going into an insurance agency representative to insure a company. Commercial insurance is more complex than regular home insurance or car insurance.
Most people don’t realize that insurance policies for their business will require multiple policies. However, these policies can often be bundled if they are all provided by the same provider. Even if you have a simple business like a taxi service, you still need insurance.
If you have a manufacturing facility, you will need to ensure that your premises are properly insured. You’ll also need to insure your equipment. And you’ll need insurance for your employees in the event of an accident at work. You should also ensure that your liability insurance covers you if you or your employees have regular contact with the public. You can’t afford to ignore liability coverage, given how common it is for individuals to sue businesses. A business owner can lose millions of pounds even for the smallest incident that involves a member or the public.
In the past, insurance companies were often the target of negative press. However, it is fair to say that things are now much more transparent and insurance providers are transparent like any other business. They need to make money. However, almost all insurance companies will allow you to receive discounts provided you meet their requirements. Also, almost every insurance company will have certain requirements that they use to base their rates. For example, if your business does not have a fire alarm system or burglar alarm system, how can you expect to pay the exact same premium for insurance as another owner who has such systems? Their business poses less risk than yours, so they are less likely to be in an accident.
Although understanding business insurance is not rocket science, it does require some effort. There are many qualified advisers that can assist you with your business.
Although business insurance will cost you money and be an expense that will continue to follow your business for as long as it continues to exist, having enough coverage could make the difference between going out of business and losing your job.