Research has found that almost two thirds of businesses carry some form of debt with the average SME owing nearly £350,000 at any one time. However, despite this, a third of SMEs in the UK have no insurance cover at all for their debts.
And, these debts can often be risky. 23% of SMEs now admit to using credit cards while SME debts of over £50,000 in Directors Loan Accounts have increased from 20% to 33% since 2011. While leaving bonuses, dividends or salary in the business can be a huge benefit to your company’s finances, director’s loans are repayable to the estate if the director dies.
And it’s not just debts that businesses have to face. Many small companies employ key individuals with specific and important roles. In the event of illness or death to a key employee, it is highly likely that many businesses would struggle to meet their obligations.
The loss of a key person could result in:
As with some of the examples listed above, we never know what’s around the corner and having business protection insurance can help ensure you’re not left in a difficult situation when something unexpected happens. With many business owners putting their life and soul into making their business work and be successful, it’s often overlooked to have an insurance policy in place that protects the business and will allow it to continue moving forward in trying times.
A business protection policy can help your business continue to trade if you were to lose an owner or employee who is important to your business. It can help you to replace key individuals, repay debts or provide funds provided to purchase shares from the deceased owner’s estate, giving you added peace of mind that your business could live on.
While you can replace assets, premises or material goods, replacing a key person is not nearly as easy. Having the relevant protection policies in place will help you to ensure that your business can survive the loss of a key person – including yourself.
Whether you are a sole trader, a partnership, a limited liability partnership or a limited company there are specific policies to suit your needs. So, If you want to ensure that your business is properly protected, it’s important that you get some cover today.
Group life insurance, group income protection, and group Critical Illness cover can provide your employees with a valuable and comprehensive benefits package.Find out more
Key Person Insurance is a type of life insurance designed to protect your business against the loss of a key employee.Find out more
Relevant Life Insurance protects your business OR any named beneficiary in the event of the death/critical illness of a Director, or other employeeFind out more