Five reasons why I don’t like ‘5 reasons why’

5 reasons why1) It’s an article, not a sum use five not 5.

2) I see it every day on my regular trawl of the world wide interweb it’s getting old and tacky.

3) It’s lazy.   Someone had a deadline to write something and reverted to it as a last resort.

4) It’s usually two or three reasonable points, and then two or three to make up the numbers.

5) I can’t think of another …

So, here’s how to do it properly(?!)

Your business is your livelihood, and we care passionately that you have the Peace of Mind that it is insured properly.  Here are five reasons why we think your business should use a broker (especially Henshalls).

1. Access to more products

Brokers tend to have access to more products than a customer could find direct. In commercial lines, the vast majority of business is traded by a broker and the direct market is not anywhere near as well defined. Using a broker provides choice of cover and price that may not be available elsewhere.

2. Not just plain vanilla

Most SMEs are extremely busy, so scouring the market to find the best deal won’t be the best use of their time. They should be concentrating on attracting new customers and servicing their existing ones. They tend to be small outfits and most won’t have a risk officer to research and evaluate insurance options. This is where a broker may be able to assist.

3. Experts on risk

The pace of change in all areas of our lives is increasing. One example of this is changes in technology, which can provide savings in costs or access to new markets. However, there may be additional risks that the SME needs to consider and a broker may be able to help with this.

One example of this is that more and more businesses use the internet to trade, but product liability in respect of exports to the US may be excluded. Another example might be around office-based risk and the increasing use of allowing staff to bring their own device to work. There are potential data security issues here, which, again, a broker may be able to help an SME evaluate and source suitable cover.

4. Plugging gaps in cover

The recession forced many British SMEs to diversify in order to survive. This in itself has led to them being more complex and having more complex insurance needs, such as exploiting new technologies.

Examples of this are a plumber including solar panel installation or florists adding jewellery or other gifts to the goods they sell. Newsagents, too, are increasingly becoming depots for parcel collection and returns, and there is a barber’s shop located by the coast selling buckets and spades.

5. Dealing with legal complexities

More flexibility in working practices in a bid to achieve a better work-life balance may mean that more help is needed from a broker to better evaluate the risks. Examples include an increase in employees working from home, where health and safety implications may arise, as well as data security/cyber crime issues associated with remote working.

Now, back to ‘5 reasons why your lawn is full of weeds’ …

Sally Williams

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