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New UK small business insurance Q's

Sole Trader seeks adequate cover for SME

10:05 am on Mar 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've been alerted to the requirement of certain liability insurances for my new small business as a web developer.
Working mainly from home, on occasion I visit clients at their homes and offices and also having clients visit my home.

Before calling an insurance agent directly and being subjected to thier sales patter about a range of insurance that I may (or may not) need for minimum cover, can anyone offer any, UK localised advice on the subject?

10:49 am on Mar 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I can't offer you any help but I'm in the same boat and I don't have any cover
11:00 am on Mar 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Get in touch with your local business link office - not only will you be able to talk to people who know the ropes but it will be a primary node in the network of finding new clients in the future. Telephone 0845 6009006 to get the details of the local office.

Disclaimer - never used them but do have two friends who do work for them.

Good luck with the venture.

11:41 am on Mar 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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a few years ago when i started up, i was offered business liability insurance by my bank (business account).

i've tried getting information and advice from business link but never had any luck. i seem to keep getting directed to a company that wants or something upfront to decide whether they can give me any advice ..... and IF they can give me advice, they want more ..... and they cna't say whether the advice they give will be the advice i'm looking for ....... i'll go it alone ....

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I sorted out both employer and public liability insurance recently through a really good broker, it was a cinch to set up, the price was reasonable and there was no upfront fees for any advice, the application form was also extremely easy to complete.

If you are talking about professional indemnity insurance, that is a different kettle of fish, but I they do that also.

Be happy to provide the details to anyone that wants them, drop me a sticky.