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Why Choose a Chartered Insurance Broker?

At Russell Scanlan, we have held the prestigious Chartered Insurance Broker status since 2016, one of only a limited number of independent brokers in the region to retain this professional standard. Our Commercial Manager and President of the Nottingham Insurance Institute, Joanne Marriott, outlines what chartered status means and how it sets a broker apart from others. The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has been raising standards in the insurance and personal finance sectors since 1912, and awarding corporate Chartered status to firms who: Make a public commitment to align ethics and values Provide knowledgeable advice backed up by qualifications and continued…

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What is Shareholder Protection and Key Person Insurance?

Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020, it has brought into sharp focus the challenges that businesses face when colleagues are taken ill. Key Person Insurance protects companies against the loss of a key employee who is fundamental to its operations. It typically provides protection for the costs of replacing a key person, loss of profits and/or repayment of business loans in the event of death (or critical illness). Banks can sometimes require this type of cover when finance is provided. Shareholder Protection is another form of cover providing funds in the event of the death (or critical illness) of a…

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What are the New Highway Code changes for 2022?

We spoke to Bernard Thornton, Fellow and Chartered Insurance Practitioner at the Chartered Insurance Institute, about the new changes to the Highway Code and what this means from an insurance point of view for employers. Although they may have flown in under the radar, some very important changes were made in January to the Highway Code, known in some quarters as the ‘Road Users Bible’. Some drivers will be blissfully unaware that anything has changed, whilst many others will have a vague awareness that something has happened without understanding the detail. In fact, not only do the updates comprise essential information…

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More Than A Fleeting Look at Electric Vehicles

So, the writing has been on the wall for some time, for our petrol and diesel gas guzzling cars to be heading for the scrap heap to be replaced with something altogether greener and environmentally friendly. And for those that have already made the switch, for personal or fleet, the recent scenes of long queues at the petrol stations across the country must offer up feelings of relief for some and satisfaction perhaps for others? (and who could blame them?). We already know that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2030, and some hybrid cars…

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What will be the legacy of the Ever Given Suez Canal crisis for cargo policyholders?

When the 220,000-ton Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal, traffic on the central shipping route between Europe and Asia was brought to a standstill for almost a week – and highlighted, in the full glare of the world’s media, how quickly global supply chains can be disrupted by just one single event. As the aftermath continues to unfold, our Director of Claims, Steve Wright, outlines the ongoing implications of the incident and what this means for those with goods on board. On Tuesday 23rd March, the container ship, Ever Given, ran aground in the Suez Canal. At nearly a quarter of…

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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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