Guide

Business insurance: the basics

Reduce your insurance risks and premiums

The greater the risk you need to insure against, the higher your insurance premium is likely to be. For example, if you're a tree surgeon, working from a height and using power tools, personal accident insurance is likely to cost you far more than if you work in an office.

Managing the risks your business faces is therefore key to getting lower premiums. Look at the risks and work out what you can do to reduce them.

You could consider:

A strong health and safety record can really help you reduce your premiums for a number of kinds of insurance, as insurers are likely to be particularly concerned about these risks. For information on managing these risks, see managing the risks in your business.

There are a number of other steps you can take to reduce premiums. You may want to increase the excess - the part of the claim you have to pay yourself - in return for a lower premium. Consider, too, whether it's worth making small claims if something does happen, as they could push your premium up.

An insurance broker will be able to help you identify ways of managing your risk.