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Financial Loss Insurance – what you can do protect your business


Business is a risky matter at the moment. Markets are volatile and people are wary of the future. However, we have to carry on and work our way through the current economic situation. Business owners are particularly aware of the importance of covering their business against possible financial loss.

Business insurance is intended to provide security to business owners. For people who run their own business it is crucial to have financial security and finding some kind of financial loss solution and financial insurance may be the key to this. You will need to take professional advice – Westhill Insurance Services can offer pragmatic and solid advice to business owners. Most business owners find they cannot implement this strategy on their own, and the advice of an independent and learned advisor is important in establishing the type of insurance required.

As businesses differ from one to another, there is no single solution. Similarly, a certain type of business is quite different from another from the point of view of risk-exposure. Therefore, the one thing that a business person can do is to analyse their business, identify the major financial risks that the business carries and then find an appropriate protecting policy.

The implementation of an insurance strategy should be based on the possible risks affecting the business. These risks are crucial in the sense that if they really occur, they can have disastrous consequences – and there is the possibility that the business cannot survive these unforeseen events. Therefore, developing an appropriate level of financial loss coverage is essential. Minimizing such risks is also one of the objectives of insurers who help by implementing such preventative strategies that can minimise the chance of such a disastrous event occurring.

Just what can Financial Loss Insurance cover? Well, it protects a business against loss of sales or failure of major financial investments. It also provides cover for natural catastrophes that result in the company being unable to carry out its trade. Financial Loss Insurance also helps in situations when a creditor fails to pay back the insured's money. Finally, it also offers a so-called liability-insurance option, which takes responsibility for businessmen's actions – perhaps when business is interrupted by a third party.

You will need to discuss openly with your insurance company the following points:

> What are the main financial risks affecting the business ?
> How is the business performing at the current time? What is the forecast ?
> What would be the result of an investment failing to deliver its expectations ?
> Are there any risks connected to creditors or employees ?
> What are the effects on the business if a key person dies?
> What are the costs of finding or training a replacement?
> What is the effect of the delay regarding the replacement's contributions to the business' profits?
> Would this delay influence the business' performance in a big way?


Your Financial Loss Insurance can cover:

> Any kind of business interruption
> Loss of profits
> Machinery breakdown
> Creditors' insolvency


There is also the inclusion of third party crime, such as:

> Employee dishonesty
> Fraud
> Copyright breaches
> E-business malpractice
> Computer crime
> Robbery


Additionally, you can include:

> Commercial or political rosks
> Personal injury
> Theft of business related money


You may wish to include protection against the loss of a license – this option is useful for hotels, motels and public houses that could lose out if they fail to obtain a certain license or if their license is not renewed.

Always consider taking out partnership protection which covers against the company directors' death or critical illness.

You will see that the potential to insure your business is vast. However, you do need to take professional advice. Call Westhill Insurance Services and speak with one of their advisors. They will make sure they understand your business and the risks involved and can then build a suitable insurance to protect you. They ensure they shop around, and being independent can definitely find the best possible deals – give them a call and make sure your company is fully protected from possible risk. That way you can get on with running your business, safe in the knowledge you have done all that you can to protect its future – the rest is down to market forces!

Contact Westhill Insurance Services, today.

Posted on 8th July, 2011