Retailers shop insurance policy is a must for small businesses
New and current shop keepers need to plan for short and long term plans for their retail business. They need to breakdown the business plan into small workable sections so that a greater control and detail can be applied to each task. This type of planning is essential for the success of small grocery stores, cafes or for a national chain. One of the most important aspects of the strategy is to ensure that your retail business is covered by comprehensive shop insurance package.
The legal name and status of the shop is a crucial step for business proprietors. Get this wrong from the beginning could be costly if you then decide that you are not happy with the brand name. Changing the name can have a knock on effect on tax, vat, shop insurance and on your brand marketing strategy. So the business name is the first key component of the overall strategy that you must get right, first time. For some retailers a simple name that reflects their product would probably be more than apt, such as local newsagents using the words newspaper, newsagents, proprietors’ initials or even the location of shop within the business naming structure.
Price is the first thing that comes to mind when anyone is considering getting insurance cover to protect their assets, whether it’s a private car, home or their business. For retailers, cheapest shop insurance cover may well suffice but for others it may not meet all their needs. In most cases getting the policy accurate so that all components of your retail store are protected, from building, contents and liabilities is equally critical as is the price of the package.
Retailers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a provider for their insurance needs. There literally hundreds of brokers, underwriters and direct insurers that target the small to medium enterprises (SME) and offer packaged policies that can also be tailored to the needs of the retailers business. Some insurers are big household names and others are speciality providers that only offer their products via a select few independent intermediaries. With such a vast choice of policies that all differ in their own little ways can be bewildering for the shop keeper and so it is important that they seek help and advice from specialist shop insurance companies.
A basic package will provide cover for contents, stock, fixtures, business interruption and liabilities. But our business may need specialist cover for large sums of money on site or need enhanced goods in transit sum insured. An experienced industry profession should be able to advice you on your needs after they have conducted their fact finding mission. They will also have access to a large range of composite insurers and also the specialist Lloyds of London market for the rarer risks.
The biggest piece of advice that anyone who is in the industry – specifically within the shop insurance product area – will give you is never take a risk when securing a deal. After all, this is your livelihood and for the sake of a few hundred pounds you should ask yourself “is it actually worth saving a few quid now, when in the long run I could stand to lose thousands?” And yes, it is a rhetorical question.