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Winter is Coming – Is Your Business Prepared?

With forecasters predicting the harshest winter for 30 years, it is becoming apparent that severe weather conditions are becoming more frequent with each passing year. Torrential rain, storms and heavy snowfall can cause damage to businesses and homes. Russell Scanlan’s Sales and Marketing Director, Mike Dickinson offers some tips on how planning for poor weather conditions can reduce disruption and avoid costly claims to your business. Over the course of the summer, we witnessed some of the highest temperatures and heaviest rainfall on record. Recent weather trends are just another reminder that with each year seems to bring more unpredictable weather….

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Recruiting Top Talent: How SMEs Can Compete With Larger Corporations

As many sectors continue to grapple with acute labour shortages, businesses are increasingly looking at their ‘perks portfolio’ in order to both retain and recruit talent. For SMEs, this can offer a significant challenge as many are losing out to larger competitors.   Our Sales & Marketing Director, Mike Dickinson looks at how attractive workplace benefits need not be out of reach for smaller companies. In a recent survey by Santander, only 35% of Gen Z and Millennials leaving full time education, wanted to work for an SME. In comparison, half aspire to working for a large corporation with a perception of…

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The Escalating Threat of Social Engineering Fraud

  When it comes to cyber security, the weakest link for a business when it comes to social engineering fraud is often its staff. Our Sales & Marketing Director, Mike Dickinson, describes the threat and outlines tips on how to protect against attacks of this kind. As of 2019, cyber attacks and digital identify theft have reached a record level in the UK. Many businesses are now choosing to direct their cyber security approach to implementing technical protection and cyber insurance. However, with forms of cyber protection advancing, it can often be people who are the weak link rather than technology….

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How Can SMEs Protect Against the Loss of a Key Leader?

For many small businesses, the loss of a key leader would spell the end of the business. In fact, a recent survey found that more than one in four (26%) small businesses in the UK would have to immediately close if a key person died or became critically ill*. Our Sales & Marketing Director,  Mike Dickinson, looks at how business can protect themselves against life’s unforeseen events and the economic impact of failing to plan ahead. Business are all too aware of the need for buildings insurance for their premises, fleet insurance for vehicles and professional indemnity or public liability to…

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ARTICLE: Collecting Wine is a Long-Term Commitment that requires Vision, Direction and – Storage

Worth £2.5bn annually, the global fine wine market shows no sign of slowing down. Wine continues to be a valuable investment and viable alternative in the uncertain world of stocks and shares. However, investment is very much long-term, with collectors most likely to see a good return at least ten years after purchase. Whether you are collecting wine as an investment, or purely for personal enjoyment, the chances are you are in it for the long run. The trick to a good wine collection is therefore storage – a dedicated place to store multiple cases of wine, untouched for long periods,…

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ARTICLE: All That Glitters

As the second highest value item that individuals list when getting quotes for their contents insurance, jewellery cover is essential for those of you with gems and stones of high monetary and sentimental value, such as family heirlooms and engagement/wedding rings. In order to access the appropriate level of cover for your jewellery, you need to know exactly how much it’s worth, particularly if you own a number of more expensive items. These may not be covered in a standard contents insurance policy, so before you look into more specialist cover, it is essential that you get your collection properly valued…

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ARTICLE: Home and Away – What does Brexit mean for Holiday Home Owners?

With hundreds of thousands of us jetting away to our European holiday homes this summer, it is hard to believe that the prospect of enjoying our much-needed downtime may be slightly more complicated by this time next year. In addition to the freedom of movement that we have all become accustomed to for the last four decades, factors such as higher incomes, lower mortgage rates and cheaper travel have each contributed to the fact that there are over 1 million UK holiday home owners in Europe. However, as the deadline for Brexit looms ever closer, the concept of enjoying our holiday…

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ARTICLE: Smart Landscaping to Enhance Your Garden’s Security

Landscaping can significantly reinforce your property, reducing the risk of burglary and theft of precious garden items. But how do home-owners strike a balance between beautiful garden aesthetics and security? Here, with the help of RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner, Sue Hayward, we look at the latest trends in defensive gardening. Whilst the installation of home security systems is of course a priority in preventing burglaries, the strategic selection of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as the use of fences and gravelled walkways in the garden, play an important role in both intimidating and warding off potential intruders….

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The Ogden Rate Change – What Does it Mean?

A review of how payments for accident victims are calculated has left the insurance industry reeling, with soaring motor premiums expected as a direct result. Our Managing Director, Bryan Banbury, looks at the impact on motor fleet owners.  Recently, the government made a much-anticipated announcement regarding the Ogden discount rate – moving from -0.75% to -0.25% on August 5th this year. However, the decision by the (now former) Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon David Gauke MP, came as somewhat of a surprise to industry insiders. The Ogden discount rate is incredibly important for both insurers and our customers. It essentially determines the…

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What Does Our Chartered Insurance Broker Status Mean For You?

As well as being Nottingham’s largest independent insurance broker, we have held the prestigious Chartered Insurance Broker status since 2016. Managing Director, Bryan Banbury, explores the meaning of Chartered status, with a particular focus on what this exclusive title means from the customer’s point of view. Granted by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Russell Scanlan is one of only two brokers in Nottingham, as well as a handful in the wider region, to hold the title. Chartered status is awarded to companies that make a public declaration of their commitment to professional standards within business dealings, which involves their adhering to a…

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