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AccessArt named winners of £1,000 donation
Markel are pleased to announce AccessArt as the winners of the £1,000 charity donation prize draw. Read more
How to recruit trustees for your charity
It is widely acknowledged that charities can find it difficult to recruit trustees with the right experience and skillset. According to the Charity Commission, approximately one in five charities in the UK has a trustee vacancy; it seems there are many positions available, yet charities often find it a challenge to recruit the right person. Read our quick guide to find out how to recruit trustees for your charity. Read more
Firms need to protect against cyber attacks
Cyber attacks are an increasingly common threat for UK firms but, according to a recent study commissioned by the UK government, a large number of companies are not prepared to deal with hacking or other forms of cybercrime.. Read more
5 time management apps for busy professionals
Effective time management is an essential skill in any line of business, but especially for sole traders and self employed professionals where time really is money. Here are 5 apps that could help manage your time more effectively. Read more
Crimestoppers rolls out charity fraud reporting service
Charity fraud is a serious crime in the UK and it costs around £1 billion every year. In a bid to facilitate fraud detection and reporting, Crimestoppers is launching a new reporting service that will be accessible 24/7, Civil Society website has reported. Read more
Seven steps to a successful fundraising event
Charity fundraising is a great way of involving an array of different people and a community to benefit your charity. As well as raising awareness for your cause in an inclusive and fun manner, it can help create a wider support base by reaching out to new audiences. Read our seven steps to get the most out of your fundraising event. Read more
Five invoicing tools for consultants and contractors
Invoicing is an essential part of working as a consultant or contractor, however monitoring which invoices have been paid, the value of each invoice and who it was invoiced to can be an administrative nightmare. Save time and minimise the burden with these five invoicing tools. Read more
Charity Finance Group issues guidance on data protection
UK charities are being given help in dealing with data protection, as a new guide detailing best practices in tackling with the issue has been released by the Charity Finance Group (CFG). Read more
Quick guide: the Small Charitable Donations Bill and Charities Online
Struggling to get to grips with the Small Charitable Donations Bill and Charities Online? Read our quick guide to understand how your charity can benefit. Read more
3 data backup options for professionals
Data backup should be an essential part of every professional firm's activities. Discover 3 options that can help to protect against disruptions caused by data loss. Read more
Ex charity worker convicted of fraud
A charity worker who committed a £78,000 fraud while they were working for a Bradford charity has been sentenced to three years in prison, according to the Third Sector website. Read more
How to protect against burst pipes this winter and what to do if you have one
The effects of a burst pipe can be devastating for your business. Regardless of whether you work from home or an office building, escaped water can cause time-sensitive projects to be delayed, essential computer equipment damaged beyond repair and leave your business without a permanent workplace for days, if not weeks. This can be a worrying prospect for all business owners – however, by applying a few straightforward measures, the chances of a pipe bursting can be reduced dramatically. Read more
The risks and rewards of charity mergers
Rightly or wrongly, in recent years there has been an increasing school of thought that there are too many charities and that resources and funds are not going as far as they could. This has led to many people, both in and outside government, asking why there is not an increase in successful, strategic charity mergers. But is this a fair question and, if so, what is the best answer? Read more
What insurance does your charity need?
Understanding the different types of insurance available to your charity can be confusing. We've created this decision tree to help you understand different types of cover and which of them you may want to consider. Read more
Stats reveal almost one in five trustees' personal wealth at risk
Analysis by specialist charity insurer Markel has revealed almost one in five trustees’ personal wealth could be at risk in the event of an insurance claim. Read more
Big Night at The Brewery is a Knockout for Barnardo's
Specialist insurer Markel International staged a charity fundraising night of exhibition boxing, song and dance on 27 September at The Brewery in London. Read more
Markel Hever Castle charity challenge attracts Olympic line-up
The Markel Hever Castle Triathlon, the final event in this year’s Markel Castle Triathlon Series, drew 3,500 triathletes from across the country. The two-day competition took place on the last weekend in September and included the Markel Insurance Challenge, a special charity fundraiser for relay teams of three (a swimmer, a cyclist and a runner). Read more
Join us for Big Night at The Brewery
Yes, it's that time of the year again - our annual charity boxing show is drawing near. This year Markel are supporting Barnardo's as well as other charities, and we have 10 men and two ladies who are stepping into the ring to raise as much money as possible with your help. Read more
Teachers and private tutor insurance: are you covered for the back to school season?
The summer holidays are drawing to a close and term time is fast approaching. The pressure to do well at school gets more intense each year, and tutors are in demand for academic subjects and extra curricular activities. Do you have the right insurance cover to protect yourself against a claim? Read more
Markel gives £5,000 triathlon prize to cancer charity.
Macmillan Cancer Support to benefit from charity challenge at Markel Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon. The Markel Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon, held on Sunday 24 June, defied wind, rain and mud as triathletes from across the country competed in a variety of events in the beautiful grounds of the Cheshire castle. Read more
Award winning insurer launches charity cover from £6 a month.
Leading charity insurer Markel today announced the launch of a new product designed specifically for charities and community groups. Read more
Short term professional indemnity insurance: a risky business.
Most contracts are completed without a hitch; everything is done and dusted, you’ve been fully paid and the client is happy with their work. So at this point, you might think you don’t need the professional indemnity insurance you bought specifically for this contract anymore. After all, the client’s happy with the work, so what could possibly go wrong? Read more
Markel makes a splash for charity.
Markel International, the specialist insurer and title sponsor of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series, has announced a sporting challenge with a charity focus and a business twist. Read more
Insurance for architects and engineers: a straightforward guide.
Due to the very nature of the industry, design and build projects are a huge responsibility and if things go wrong the sums involved in rectifying a mistake can be eye wateringly high. The question is: what does each insurance cover protect you against? Read more
Insurance for start-ups: make sure your new business is covered today!
The beginning of the year is one of the most popular times to start a new business, but a common oversight by start up businesses is to have no business insurance in place when they start work for a client. Find out about the covers available for new start up businesses. Read more
Personal trainer insurance: cover yourself in time for the New Year rush!
The get fit season is great news for personal trainers, who will be inundated with new clients and work opportunities. However, an increased workload also means more responsibility; and without the right insurance, personal trainers could find their business in financial difficulty if a claim arises. Read more
Markel and Butlins making dreams come true for Young Carers
Long-term supporters of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Markel Insurance and Butlins joined forces to provide a fun-filled day out for young carers on Saturday 22 October at two Butlins resorts – Bognor Regis and Minehead. Read more
Why homeworkers need business insurance
Working from home reduces costs and improves flexibility for business owners, but thousands of home based businesses are operating without vital insurance cover that could save them from financially crippling payouts in the event of a claim. Here are 5 common misconceptions that highlight the importance of insuring your home based business. Read more
Professional indemnity insurance explained
Confused by professional indemnity insurance? Read our simple guide to learn what professional indemnity insurance covers, who needs it and how much it costs. Read more
5 reasons IT contractors need professional indemnity insurance
With more and more IT professionals choosing to work as contractors rather than in long term roles, insuring yourself against the risks in the IT industry has never been so important. Read more
Markel strengthens its sporting connections
Markel International, the specialist insurer, has signed a two year contract to be the title sponsor of the Castle Triathlon Series, a growing sporting franchise that organises triathlons at castles in the UK and overseas. Read more
Demystifying the Bribery Act 2010
Many may be unaware of the Bribery Act 2010, but it has massive ramifications for employer and employee alike and it is important for all businesses to familiarise themselves with the details of the act to ensure that they are not in breach of it. Read more
Top ten ways to minimise risk
With increased liability claims, how can organisations reduce their risk and help to safeguard their financial stability? Read more
Markel UK launches the first phase of a multi-distribution operating model with the launch of Markel Direct
Markel UK, the retail division of specialist insurer Markel International, has successfully delivered the first phase of a multi-distribution operating model with the launch of Markel Direct. Read more