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Pat Testing Insurance

PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:33 pm
by PATman
Starting up a new business I understand I will need Public Liability, but I am also being told by the insurer that I should opt for Professional Indemnity Insurance as well....this really ups the premium, even for just £100,000's worth. My question is, do I really need this 'add on'?

Thanks,

Re: Pat Testing Insurance

PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:07 pm
by LeeTurtle
Hi PATMan

Personally, my first year I didn't bother with professional indemnity ins. I found this more for the advice side of things for the likes of lawyers, doctors and the like, those who mainly give advice professionally. What a PAT inspector does is mainly offer a service with some advice to the customer, not to the extent of a doctor where they rely on their word.
And it was bldy expensive!
However, now in my third year, I've found Trade Direct Insurance to be quite competitive as they offer public liability with professional indemnity ins in one package, you also get your tools covered in the van during the day.
I think it was around £110 for £5 million public (not sure on prof ind).
Just a word of warning tho, public liability doesn't cover you if you break, blow up something that your working on. This is another type of insurance that is alot more expensive called efficacy insurance, but you need about 2 years of trading before you can get this. (if it's worth it? I haven't got it).
It really depends on the amount of advice your going to give, I have it now because I also advise and report on their Health & Safety surrounding their business.

Hope this helps?

Re: Pat Testing Insurance

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:10 pm
by PATman
Thanks for that, just had a quote for Public Liabilty £2000,000 @ £112, seems a bit expensive to me, will shop around a bit more. Thanks again.

PATman

Re: Pat Testing Insurance

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:20 pm
by LeeTurtle
Your welcome.
Yeah, tis a bit expensive, think my first year was £73 for £2milion public liability.
Good luck, their all out to get as much as possible out of you!!!