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Discover why UK technology businesses should take their professional indemnity insurance policy more seriously by viewing our Powerpoint Presentation below.
The presentation features information on 5 areas of professional indemnity including:
Can you imagine a time when cancer treatments could be personalised to speed up recovery and improve survival rates? This was the scenario described at a recent MediCity www.medicityuk.com fund-raising event for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre based in Nottingham. It would seem that the time is nearer than we might dare to believe. A team of 35 international scientists under the direction of Professor Bob Rees at Nottingham Trent University is pushing the boundaries of cancer research even further http://www.ntu.ac.uk/van_geest/. The Centre’s research programmes in personalised medical treatment, diagnosis and immunotherapy aim to change the lives of cancer patients for ever.
The risk of cyber threats is greater than ever before and barely a day goes by without the media reporting another attack on a major company. What gets less media attention are similar attacks on SME businesses and yet a recent survey reported that 74% of SME's had experienced an IT security breach.
Where do we find more entrepreneurs with ambition, who are not scared of taking risks and have a long view of business growth? It’s a regular question asked by Dr Ruth McKearnan, chief executive of the government body Innovate UK, and a woman on a mission. If this award-winning bio scientist is allowed the freedom to apply innovation to scale up small to medium enterprises, then it will be a refreshing alternative to the stop-start of previous government business support interventions.
If you were coughing your way through early January in the vain hope that a short course of antibiotics will do the trick, think again. It’s now widely recognised that we have over-indulged on the quick-fix antibiotic, and inadvertently contributed to the alarming rise in antimicrobial resistance. Lemon and honey with a few days in bed might be the better prescription, unless of course things take a definitive turn for the worst.
It has to be the stuff of nightmares. Years of laborious lab work, scientific papers and funding rounds to get your innovation into the marketplace, when the phone rings. A lawyer representing another company wishes to discuss a possible infringement of patent. Can you make yourself available for a meeting next week? You replace the receiver. Your heart starts to thump and your mind races.
With the advent of the internet, e-commerce and increased reliance on technology most businesses, including our own, are now targeted on a seemingly daily basis by external fraudsters.
Most of us will shy away from the media. It’s not so much the startling headlines and sensational reporting that puts us off, but the fact we simply don’t understand how the media industry works, and whether we should work with it anyway. As bio-scientists and med tech innovators, how can we avoid our research into a potential cure or launch of a new medical devise becoming hijacked for that sensational headline? Could adverse news coverage damage our reputation and impact commercially; and if we do speak to the media, how might adverse publicity affect our insurance cover?
“To err is human” according to the old adage. People make mistakes that have no cause other than human imperfection. But when it comes to mistakes made by medical device users, the consequences can literally be fatal. In 2013, 13,642 ‘adverse incidents’ were reported to the MHRA, the regulatory agency for the industry; investigations reveal that only 20% of errors are due to mechanical failure – 80% are caused by human error (Institute of Medicines 2000 & Perrow, 1984).
The latest study by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has again concluded that SME customers rated the quality and suitability of Chartered firms’ cover higher than that of non-Chartered firms. Value, service and information were also measured either equal or marginally superior for Chartered firms against non-Chartered firms.
The current threat level from international terrorism in the UK is assessed as “SEVERE” at www.mi5.gov.uk
The end of British Summer Time is traditionally the time when motor insurers see the start of an increase in claims associated with driving in Winter. With the nights drawing in and with wet and slippery roads, drivers need to be even more attentive in avoiding ‘rear end crashes’.
Franklands has revealed their latest results for their customer satisfaction questionnaire and they show that the Chartered Insurance Broker, based in Derby, always provide their clients with the highest quality service.
No manufacturing business would like to think that following a major incident their business would be interrupted for a substantial time, with a resulting loss of income. But this can and does happen and you need to be prepared should you find yourself in this situation.
Business interruption insurance will cover the loss of income and or additional expenses, that your company would suffer in the event of a disaster and is possibly the most important insurance coverage available to manufacturers. There seems little point in replacing Buildings, Machinery and Stock if a sustained loss of income forces the company out of business.
As a manufacturer, you will understand the need to insure your machinery against damage and theft, but are you aware that the breakdown of your machinery wouldn’t be covered under a standard contents insurance policy? The loss of machinery due to breakdown could have potentially serious consequences to your business, such as a reduction in turnover and a subsequent loss of profit.
To protect your organisation from this risk, you need Machinery Breakdown and Machinery Loss of Profits Insurance, and here are 3 reasons why: