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How to Support Your Employees as We Return to Work

Addressing employee mental health and wellbeing has continued to grow in awareness for all employers over the last decade but a year long national lockdown and global pandemic along with the challenges of prolonged furlough for some and remote working for others has now brought the issue into ever sharper focus. So, what can businesses do to help ease employees back into a more stable work routine and support general wellbeing? Our Healthcare Manager, Chris Cunnington, outlines the wider benefits of employee assistance programmes and why they are important for businesses in 2021. As we start to imagine what life will…

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What to Expect from Cyber Insurance in 2021

Over the past 12 months, as the world went into lockdown and businesses were forced to move to remote working, cybercriminals have been thriving on the weakened security status of businesses. On average, it is estimated that cyber-attacks have increased fivefold as a result of Covid-19, with predictions it will continue to rise. Matthew Drinkwater, Cyber & Financial Lines Underwriting Manager at NMU, award-winning provider of speciality insurance solutions, explains what the future of cyber-attacks may look like and how best to prepare your business. The impact of moving to remote working and using cloud-based software and technologies has undeniably had an…

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Free Online Cyber Essentials Services Available for Businesses

The team at Russell Scanlan continues to research products and offers that can help businesses adapt to the new ways of working post Covid-19. As many business owners continue to operate their business remotely, we want to inform you of an offer that can add an increased level of protection against the growing risk of cyber attacks. With much of the UK workforce still working from home, cyber criminals have been working hard to hack into company databases using malware and phishing attacks. It is estimated that cyber-attacks have increased fivefold as a result of Covid-19, highlighting cybersecurity deficiencies within organisations…

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New East Midlands Risk Assessment Business Offers Commercial Solutions for Employers

As we continue to adapt to this new way of life, the team at Russell Scanlan continues to research new services and offers that can offer added benefits to individuals and businesses as we all navigate the uncertain months ahead. As the UK continues to move slowly out of lockdown, many businesses are now considering how they can ensure a safe return to work for their employees. We’d like to share with you information on a new East Midlands based business that that specialises in Covid-19 related risk assessments and advice. Risk Assura works with small to medium sized businesses to…

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Which Beers Should You Be Trying This Lockdown if You’re Not Keen on a Visit to the Pub Quite Yet

Although a visit to our favourite pubs and bars is now allowed, some might still prefer to keep a distance for the forseeable. For those not yet ready to visit the local pub, there are some amazing beers to be had, delivered direct to the door, to share with family and friends in the garden and across the fence. Our Sales and Marketing Director, Mike Dickinson has been supporting our Masterbrew clients with their online offerings and discovering his new favourite beers from the comfort of his home. To join us in supporting these incredible businesses, Mike has recommended his top…

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Quick Access to Return to Work Guidance

Russell Scanlan is gathering guidance issued by multiple UK insurers to share with businesses that need to undertake Covid-19 risk assessments for safe return to work. As all businesses now face the task of considering how to reopen their premises and sites and keep staff and customers safe during that process, the advice is to undertake a risk assessment so that any return to work plan is managed in a controlled and safe manner. Many of the UK’s insurers are now issuing guidance on how to conduct an appropriate risk assessment, with advice for specific sectors and checklists to follow. The…

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Insurance premiums

If my business isn’t able to operate because of COVID-19, should I just cancel my insurance policy or can I stop paying the premiums?  Even in a time when a business is unable to operate as usual due to the impacts of COVID-19, it’s important that businesses remain covered for standard risks, many of which may be more likely when the property is unoccupied, such as vandalism of the property, theft of stock or equipment, or even loss of information or damage to IT systems and networks.   If you stop paying your insurance premiums your policy is null and void and you won’t…

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Update on Unoccupied Premises

As a result of Government guidance, a number of business premises are now closed due to COVID-19.  But what does this mean for your buildings insurance cover? Normally, if your building is going to be unoccupied for more than a set number of days (on average around 30 days), you must notify your insurance provider as this will impact the cover offered in your policy. However, due to the current situation many insurers are now relaxing their position on temporarily unoccupied premises. A number of them now consider temporarily unoccupied to mean where you have followed Government advice to close your…

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Masterbrew – COVID-19 Update

COVID–19 is a rapidly evolving situation and now, following the announcement of new guidelines, the country is effectively in lockdown, asking people to stay inside, closing all non-essential businesses and increasing travel restrictions.   For many breweries, this means having to shut up shop for the foreseeable future. However, the government has provided safety advice for those able to offer takeaway services and taken measures to help businesses with payments during these difficult, uncertain times. Here is what we currently know about how your brewery might be affected:  Beer Duty  The HM Treasury’s Head of Excise, confirmed that the Chancellor will not be cancelling the March Beer Duty payment.  Despite calls for the cancellation, the Chancellor has as yet, decided against it although this may change over…

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Free Healthcare Insurance for Small Businesses

You may already be aware that we have partnered with health insurance provider Equipsme, to provide a Health and Wellbeing Plan for UK businesses which is backed by AXA PPP Healthcare together with service providers, Medical Solutions, Thriva and Health Assured. In response to these extraordinary and difficult times, Russell Scanlan would like to offer small businesses with 2-20 employees free(i) access to Equipsme Health Insurance plans from now until 1 August 2020, when we hope the peak of the virus outbreak will have passed.  The plan includes access to remote GP appointments which are intended to help reduce the pressures NHS services are currently facing. A telephone counselling line can also be added…

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COVID-19 update

Blog Archive | Page 2 of 24 | Russell Scanlan has taken steps to prepare for the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Take a look at how we are continuing to work during this unprecedented time.