You would probably find it unthinkable not to have insurance protecting your business from the effects of fire or burglary.
However, the effect of losing one of your key directors/employees from within the business could be much more difficult to recover from.
Most businesses have an individual who is key to the success and profitability of the business, a 'key person'. The death or serious illness of a key person can financially impact your business in the following ways:
- The costs of recruiting and training a replacement.
- A loss of sales and new contracts.
- A loss of confidence in the business.
- Additional pressure on senior personnel covering the key person, possibly causing some staff to leave.
Read more about Key Person Insurance here.
Relevant Life Cover is a tax efficient way for a business to offer death in service benefits to its employees and offers an alternative to group life schemes.
It can be a valuable addition, or a starting point for any benefits package, whilst helping to retain your best people, or recruit new talent.
Any employee of a business qualifies, including shareholder directors. Benefits are paid into a discretionary trust for your family.
- Do you have an active role in the business?
- Are you employed by the business?
- Do you take PAYE income?
- Is the business a trading entity?
Read more about the difference between Key Person and Relevant Life here.
If your business borrows money, it's understandable you will want cover to repay some or all of the loan on the death or critical illness of a shareholder, partner or key person.
Lenders may have the right to demand the business pays back any outstanding loans and this could be difficult to pay off at short notice. The loss of a key person can put immense pressure on remaining owners if there are any outstanding financial commitments.
Types of debt you can cover:
- Directors loans
- Venture capital loans
- Commercial loans and mortgages
- Personal guarantees
- Overdrafts or credit cards
If you are a business partner or a shareholding company director, your share in the business is likely to be one of your most valuable assets.
Ownership protection will provide money so that in the event of death, terminal or critical illness, the remaining shareholders or partners have the cash to purchase the interest and stay in control.
This will stabilise the business at a potential time of uncertainty and everyone involved; employees, creditors, suppliers, customers, executors and owners will have confidence in the company.
Different types of cover:
- Shareholder Protection
- Partnership Protection
- Company Share Purchase Protection
- Limited Liability Protection
Employee benefits can assist the employee financially, or their family, by providing them with money either as a replacement income or as a lump sum.
The handpicked insurers we use offer a range of support services to aid recovery and rehabilitation. Employers gain access to services in preventing illness and legal guidance related to lost of different situations.
There are tax breaks for the businesses who pay the premiums and employers find the cost very reasonable for benefits achieved. It's also a fabulous way to show employees they are valued.
Some options include:
- Life Cover
- Income replacement with a limited benefit amount
- Critical Illness main, and additional conditions
- Income replacement with a continuous benefit amount
Read more about Employee Benefits For Small Businesses here.
Running a business in today’s climate can be challenging should something unfortunate happen, so that’s why you need the right insurance in place to protect your business and livelihood.
It’s essential to have insurance in place to protect you financially against accidents, theft, damage and legal fees, and give you the peace of mind you’re covered if something goes wrong.
Our partner, Premierline Business Insurance Broker, can arrange a great value business insurance solution to protect against the unique risks your business faces. Their experts can advise on a variety of covers, from buildings and contents to public and products liability, across a diverse range of industries.
Click here or call 0330 102 6173 to find out how you can protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build.