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Without the right protection, you could be putting your business at risk.

Have you protected the future of your business? As a business owner, you manage risks every day to keep your business running smoothly. Whether installing anti-virus software on your computers or making sure your building alarm is regularly serviced, protecting your company’s ability to make money is second nature. In the same way, you have almost certainly taken out insurance to cover your business property, machinery, vehicles and more.

But many businesses fail to insure equally important risks, ones that affect their most valuable asset – their people.

The death or serious illness of a business owner or key person can have a huge impact on a company’s profitability. In some cases, it can even cause the business to fail completely.

The good news is that, like many other risks you face, there are straightforward ways to protect your business. And with our help, you can find the solutions that will make the future of your business more secure.

Are you taking a bigger risk than you realise? How would your business cope if one of its owners or key people died or suffered a critical illness? Every business is different, but take a moment to look over the following list of common problems. How many of them could you see affecting your business?

• Interruption to the normal day-to-day running of the business.

• The potential for lower profits until the business adjusts.

• Interruptions to cash flow, impacting suppliers and customers.

• Disruptions to loan repayments and overdraft arrangements with your bankers.

• Changes in ownership and control of the business. (No business is too small)

• The potential to have to work with new co-owners who you have not chosen and who don’t know your business.

It would be surprising if you did not identify at least one of the problems on this list as a serious issue that your business would have to deal with.

Protect your business with our expert advice. We can look at your business’s unique circumstances and help you to put the right plans in place. We will work with you to help protect any business loans, cover your key people and protect you and your co-owners.

Are you ready to start a Conversation? If you would like to review your situation or discuss the options available, please contact us for further information – we look forward to hearing from you.

Too much cash in your business? What options do you have?

Are you comfortable with your business’s current cash deposits? Did you know that a company or LLP has a number of options to choose from? A top priority has to be tax-efficiency, ideally combined with the additional benefits of security, easy access and flexibility. Selecting one that offers everything can be difficult.

The instant access and relatively safe (but modest) returns offered by deposit accounts may be a reasonable default position, but has it become less attractive with falling interest rates and inflation? If you are a business owner you could:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Use high-interest accounts/bonds
  3. Take a loan from the company
  4. Distribute the funds as dividends
  5. Make company pension contributions

But have you considered looking at other investment solutions for your liquid assets?

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