ABA Blog

December 7, 2018

Fire Safety Tips for Your Properties This Christmas

With winter underway and temperatures dropping below freezing in some parts of the country, portable electric and gas heaters become increasingly popular. According to the London Fire Brigade, there were 819 fires across London in the past five years from portable heaters.

How can portable heaters cause fires?

There can be numerous causes for a fire, some of the most common circumstances leading to fires caused by portable heaters are:

  • Bedding, blankets or clothing is placed too close to heaters and can ignite

  • The heater is left unattended whilst still in use

  • The equipment malfunctions or is faulty

  • The heater has been placed on an unsafe or uneven surface

How can you prevent a fire?

  • Always ensure the heater is well maintained and in good working order

  • Place your heater in a secure location with a level surface away from any damp or water

  • Keep the heater at least 1m away from any persons to avoid any cloth...

November 21, 2018

Protect your business against legal expenses

Legal expenses are something even the most careful and stringent business owners are unable to avoid when situation arise that progress to defending or protecting the business from claims, disputes and tribunals.Even you are running your business effectively you may come across a situation where you need legal action, legal defence and/or legal advice.

The cost of Legal Fees can often sky rocket depending on the services and the length of time they are required for. Commercial Legal Expense cover is designed to help provide you with a wide range of covers to help with Tribunal proceeding, disputes and other Legal matters that financial impact your business.

What is covered in my Commercial Legal Expenses Policy?

Most legal expenses policy will typically protect you against:

  • Contract Disputes with Suppliers, clients, sale, hire or purchase of goods and services

  • Employment Disputes

  • Legal Defence, defending the employer, employees, dir...

October 31, 2018

Directors and Officers Management Liability Insurance

Being a Director, partner or officer in a business is stressful enough as it is without having to worry about the cost of compensation and claims made against you. As a Director, partner or officer you can often be responsible for employees, customers, investors and regulators. It’s vital that you stay protected should an of these individuals wish to make a claim against you for a breach of terms or rights or any other wrongful doing.

What is Directors and Officers Liability Insurance?

Directors and Officers liability insurance is designed to protect directors or officers against any personal claims or proceedings made against them in the workplace.

What does it protect against?

Directors and Officers liability insurance will cover you against other Directors, partners, officers, employees (current and former), investors, customers and regulators.

Each policy can be tailored to fit the customer’s needs but typically a policy will cover yo...

October 9, 2018

How can your business benefit from a fleet manager, dash cams and telematics?With more and more businesses relying on transport in their daily trade it’s vital to manage your vehicles and drivers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

If your business has a large fleet or relies considerably on vehicles to provide your services you may want to consider adding a fleet manager to your team.

What does a fleet manager do?

A fleet manager is responsible for selecting, sourcing and maintaining vehicles for a business and managing the day to day running of the fleet.

How can a fleet manager benefit my business?

Along with record keeping of all vehicles and drivers in the fleet, a fleet manager will often also ensure all vehicles are road legal and eligible for use and help in the recruiting and training process of new drivers.

Fleet managers can also be a pivotal point of contact for your insurer. Since they are often in contact with drivers and their vehicles on a daily basis they can provide insurer...

September 12, 2018

Prepare your property for autumn and winter

With autumn and winter on the way it will bring with it the inevitable cold, rain and snow across the country. To protect your investment against the harsh weather and help your tenants by taking these pre-cautionary steps to avoid major damage to your property;

Boiler and Radiators

Essential in most housing and business properties, it’s vital that your boiler and radiators are functioning as normal during the autumn/winter period.

It’s important to check your boiler for any leaks or damage as it’s responsible for providing hot water and heating. It’s usually recommended that you get insurance cover for your boiler to prevent expensive repair bills should anything go wrong. You should also bleed your radiators for any trapped air which can prevent them from heating.

Guttering, Drains, Pipes and Roof

Guttering, drains and pipes can become blocked very easily with leaves, twigs and other debris due to strong winds.  Cleaning your gutters, drains, pip...

August 14, 2018

One in seven properties in the UK are left unoccupied for more than one month at a time, meaning the incorrect policy could be in place as most insurance policies will not provide cover for properties unoccupied for longer than 30/45 consecutive days, usually based on a residential property and on a commercial property this would be subject to an insurers referral.

What is unoccupied property insurance?

Unoccupied property insurance is designed to protect properties on a partial cover which are Fire, lightning, explosion and earthquake.

We can accommodate the following additional benefits through our specialist panel of insurers, who offer different tiers of cover and these are a few of the benefits:

  • Fire, Lightning, Aircraft, Explosion, Storm, Flood, Subsidence, Landslip and Heave

  • Property Owner’s Liability £2,000,000 (up to £5,000,000)

  • Loss of Metered Water: limit £2,500 anyone claim, maximum £5,000 anyone period of insurance

  • Loss or damage caused by emergency services...

July 5, 2018

What is Motor Fleet insurance?

Similar to regular car insurance motor fleet insurance is designed with business’ in mind. Motor fleet insurance covers multiple vehicles all on the same policy. It can include all vehicles such as cars, vans, HGVs, trailers, mini buses, coaches and more. There are many industries that benefit from Motor Fleet polices including the Haulage, Transport and the Construction industries. This is due to the flexibility of managing the fleet, cover and the premiums offered by insurers. Motor fleet insurance is available in 3 levels of cover including Comprehensive, Third Party and Fire and Theft Third Party Only.

How does Motor Fleet insurance work?

Fleet insurance can be taken out if your business has 2 or more vehicles, the policy can cover any driver or can be fixed to named drivers for certain vehicles. The main advantage of fleet insurance over covering each vehicle individually is having all vehicles under one policy making it easier to keep track of when ren...