Specialist Protection and Insurances
Business Protection Insurance can take several forms – although we cover them below, in the first instance, it’s worth booking a chat with the team to talk through your unique situation and circumstances to determine what are potential options for your business:
Key Person Protection Insurance
In most small and medium sized businesses, the success of the business depends on just one or two key people. If you’ve worked with these people for many years it’s easy to underestimate just how value they add to the company. Unfortunately, we can never be sure what’s round the corner. Sometimes, without warning, life throws us a curve ball and this is why business protection is so important. You can’t predict what will happen in the future, but you can make sure you have the right protection in place to keep your business operational if a key person becomes critically ill or dies.
Key Person Protection (also known as key man insurance or key person insurance) allows a business to insure itself against the financial loss it would suffer if a key person in their business died or were diagnosed with a specified critical illness, during the length of the policy.
Key Person Protection is a life assurance or life assurance and critical illness cover policy taken out to cover the life of a key person within your business. The policy is owned and paid for by the employer, so any pay out is payable to the employer and not the employee.
Relevant Life Insurance
Relevant Life Insurance is a term assurance plan available to employers to provide an individual death in service benefit for an employee. It pays a lump sum if the person covered dies or is diagnosed with a terminal illness, whilst employed during the term. The Relevant Life is paid for by the employer, and although the plans are similar to most other types of life cover except they aim to provide a tax efficient benefit provided by an employer for an employee.
Shareholder or partnership cover
A policy that can provide businesses with a cash lump sum in the event one of the owners dies or suffers a severe illness. This helps the remaining business owners minimise disruption to the business, by providing capital that enables them to buy that shareholder’s or partner’s shares and so keep control of their organisation.
Business loan protection
This provides a lump sum to cover your business loans and other credit facilities if a business owner dies or becomes seriously ill. In the event you lose a business partner, you may want or need to repay outstanding business loans, some of which may have personal guarantees or have to be repaid when someone dies.