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Looking along the high street, it's clear that every shop is different and the same is true of shop insurance. So, whether you run a florist, a pet shop or a furniture store, the cover can be tailored to meet the unique needs of your business.
Shop insurance provides cover for retail businesses that are run from a commercial property, either on the high street or based in a shopping centre. So, if you’re in the business of retail, then chances are you’ll need shop insurance.
You should consider getting protection in place if you have:
- Customers who visit your shop
- Stock that you sell, or you repair your customers’ goods
- Money that you keep at your shop, in your home or transport around
This means that if you sell clothes, haberdashery, fireplaces, jewellery, furniture, bread, books, vegetables, wine, cheese, flowers, or almost anything else, shop insurance is for you. From charity shops to department stores and everything in between, it’s your responsibility to protect your business against risks such as theft, fire and flood.
You can’t put a price on the peace of mind of knowing that you and your livelihood is covered should the unexpected happen.
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Because your business is built around your customers, Public Liability is a must. If a customer slips on wet flooring, it may be as painful for you as it is for them. Thanks to a change in the way that personal injury claims are calculated back in 2017, there is now no cap on the amount of compensation that can be awarded if your business is found at fault. Cover usually starts from £1m, but you should take out as much Public Liability insurance as you may need.
If you hire employees to help you run your shop, you’ll also need Employers’ Liability. Why? Firstly, this cover is a legal requirement, and secondly, it protects against the costs of an employee claiming compensation, when you’re found to be negligent for injury or illness suffered whilst working for you. Not having adequate employers' liability in place could be a costly mistake to make as you could be fined up to £2,500 for every day that you're not insured.
And although you might like to think that the worst will never happen to you, being prepared for a disaster such as a fire isessential for the future of your business. In the aftermath of a fire in your shop, it's unlikely that you'd be able to trade. This would result in your businesssuffering a loss of income which could leave you unable to pay your employees and jeopardising the future of your shop. Don’t risk having to cease trading duringsuch a difficult time by ensuring that you have Business Interruption insurance in place. It could be the difference between your shop’s survival or closure.
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Whether you sell clothes or cakes, flowers or furniture, you can choose the cover you need to protect your shop, its contents, your customers and employees, as well as your ability to continue trading, should the unexpected happen.
Public Liability Insurance
A busy shop equals lots of customers which means that you need Public Liability insurance. This can offer protection in the event of a customer making a claim, with the cost of compensation and legal fees being covered. Although this vital insurance isn't a legal requirement, should a customer or supplier get injured or their property is damaged while in your shop, it'll be invaluable.
Employers’ Liability Insurance
If you have anyone help you run your shop, even if they’re employed on a casual or temporary basis, you’re required by law to take out Employers’ Liability insurance. Most businesses with employees must have the insurance in place to cover any claims from staff members who’ve been harmed as a result of working for you.
If you own the shop you trade from then you will need Buildings insurance. It is designed to cover the rebuild and associated costs incurred following a claim. It will also cover any permanent fixtures and fittings if they were to become damaged following and insured incident such as a fire or a flood.
Goods in Transit
This will cover damage or loss of any contents or stock whilst being carried in your own vehicle or being loaded into your shop. Having spent hard earned money at the cash and carry, it’s a good idea to make sure you have the right insurance in case the worst happens.
If an insured event occurs that means your shop is unable to open, it's not only a inconvenience for your customers but could have significant consequences for your business too. Business interruption could cover you for additional costs incurred and a reduction or loss of income caused as a result of an insured loss such as a fire or a flood.
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While stock and contents are predominantly covered while they're inside your shop, most insurers offer goods in transit cover as standard to accommodate stock collection and business deliveries.
If money is lost or stolen and you have selected this optional cover, your policy will typically include the following cover sections.
- From your shop during business hours
- While in transit
- From a bank night safe
- From a residential address (for a smaller amount)
- While out of a safe, out of hours
- While in a safe, out of hours
If you have anyone help you run your shop, then it’s very likely that you’ll need Employers’ Liability insurance. Most employers are required by law to have at least £5 million of cover in place or face a fine of up to £2,500 for every day they are not properly insured. As this type of cover is a legal requirement, make sure you discuss your circumstances with an insurance specialist so that your business is fully protected.
Whilst public liability insurance isn’t mandatory under UK law, it should be top of your list of priorities. Not only does it safeguard the interests of both your customers and the public but also protects you financially should someone take legal action against you if they’re injured, or their property is damaged.
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So, if you’re looking for shop insurance which can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your business with the support of a global insurance brokerage, then look no further.
Insurance covers are subject to the individual terms, conditions and exclusions of the insurer providing them. Always review the policy documentation supplied during the quote process to ensure you have the cover you need.
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