Covid-19 Business Update

19 March 2020

In light of the ever-evolving global impact of Covid-19, Bruce Stevenson would like to provide a further update on the implications to our working practises, business disruption and the insurance industry.

Following government advice recommending remote working, we are making the following changes with effect from Friday, March 20th.

•    Until further notice, our five offices will be closed to visitors.
•    The majority of our team will now be working from home and contacted on their usual direct telephone numbers or email addresses.

We will, of course, endeavour to continue to offer you a high level of service but please be prepared in the event of a temporary drop in our response times.

 

If you too are a business owner faced with the decision of temporarily closing your doors, it may be useful for you to follow these measures:

•    Ensure all intruder and fire alarm systems are set in full
•    Lock and secure all windows and doors
•    Keep all stock off floor level at last 10cm to protect against water ingress
•    Ensure any waste materials outside are either secured in a locked skip and kept a minimum of 10 metres from any buildings. If you don’t have 10-metre space then 5 metres or as far away as possible
•    If possible, isolate the water supply and drain down pipes to prevent any potential burst pipes

 

With regards to business interruption cover, we have understandably received many inquiries on this subject during the past week. 

Following the UK Governments announcement that insurance companies will cover the pandemic, The Association of British Insurers have issued the following response on the 18th March 2020 which you can read here:

A global pandemic and systematic shut down of the country is not an insurable risk. It is, in fact, the responsibility of the UK Government to provide the necessary financial support packages to business to see us through these unprecedented times.

If you have any further queries, please continue to contact your normal representative at Bruce Stevenson by email or phone.

These are unprecedented times, we would like to thank you for your patience and support.

 

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