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It is important to carry the right insurance as a Kiwi business owner – no one size fits all. Protecting your business assets is one part, but considering all of your liability and financial exposure is also important. Because no two businesses are alike, your small business insurance policy can be tailored to meet the unique needs of your company.
Although it’s rewarding to operate your own company, owning a business brings risk, and for most owners exposure to risk is only increasing. Insurance plays a key role in managing business risk, but between protecting your assets, your business income and a range of liabilities, there is so much to think about. AMP business insurance brokers and advisers have the knowledge to help you navigate the complexities, guiding you through the cover you may need, and securing the right insurance package.
Just as every business is unique, every business insurance package must be unique. Your business insurance must reflect the needs and circumstances of your business, and the risks and liabilities it faces. Your package will be made up of a number of business insurances, and might include:
Much of the value of any business will be tied up in physical business assets like stock, buildings, equipment, fittings and the like. These valuable assets must be covered against damage, and business assets insurance is built to do just that, covering against incidents like fire, storms, floods, and more. It can also offer a surprising array of automatic covers, such as employee effects, capital additions, and contents and stock anywhere in New Zealand.
Business interruption insurance protects your business in situations when insured physical damage to your business assets results in a partial or complete interruption in business activities, and this interruption affects cash flow and leads to a downturn in gross profit. Depending on your insurance cover needs, you can also enjoy protection against loss of rent (should you be a building owner), additional increased costs of working, and claim preparation costs.
In many ways there is no greater risk to a modern business than being liable for an issue and getting sued by a third party. Liability covers are absolutely critical forms of business insurance, as it protects you against legal liability in a number of ways, including Public Liability (Broadform Liability), Statutory Liability, Employers Liability, Directors and Officers liability, Professional Indemnity and many more. It can cover both the legal costs and damages awarded in relation to an insured event. There’s a lot to consider, so it’s wise to seek liability insurance advice from an AMP broker or adviser.
Private car cover isn’t designed to insure business vehicles, so if you’re operating a vehicle in a commercial capacity – freight companies, trade businesses, food trucks, construction companies and more – you’ll need commercial vehicle insurance. Choose from comprehensive cover, third party fire and theft, or just third party.
This can include equipment fitted to the vehicle such as cranes, coffee makers and more. Think about the contents you are carrying also – are you responsible for it should the vehicle have an accident or be stolen? Cover for this type of risk is separate from commercial motor insurance, so getting advice from an AMP broker or adviser is important to ensure you cover all aspects of your business activities.
AMP tradies insurance is designed to cover the unique risks and meet the unique needs of your trades business. It guards you against a wide range of risks, from dropping your phone, to covering your tools, to defending your business against liability claims. If you’re self-employed or run a trade business with up to five people, tradies insurance can be the ideal insurance solution.
Yes – you have the option to insure for replacement value. For some business assets we will need a valuation, which we will tell you about if required.
We offer a Statutory Liability policy, which covers you for a number of statutes and the fines, reparation and defence costs associated. For health and safety claims related to the Health and Safety at Work Act legislation, we are unable to insure you for fines, but you can insure for your defence costs and any reparation ordered by the courts.
It can be, but not all business insurance policies have an option for a higher excess to discount the insurance premiums. It is worthwhile running through your options with one of our adviser or broker partners.
In almost all cases you can. There are some more complex and/or large vehicles where you may still need to pay an excess for windscreen repairs or replacement; however, in the vast majority of vehicles, windscreen replacement or repair is excess-free.
There are a multitude of liability exposures in New Zealand and no one policy covers all of the exposures you face as a business. In some cases you can purchase a package liability product, which has most if not all of the liability insurances you need under one insurance. Talk to one of our adviser or broker partners to see what options you have.
In most cases the answer is yes. Our adviser and broker partners all have instalment payment options for your insurances and in almost all cases you can pay your insurance in instalments. In some insurances, such as insurance for only a short period of time, you may be required to pay upfront.
Insurance (excluding travel) is underwritten by Vero Insurance New Zealand Ltd. This information is only intended as a guide. Policy limits and exclusions apply. Please refer to the policy wording for full terms and conditions.