Help & guidance for professionals

  • What is professional indemnity insurance?

    What is professional indemnity insurance?

    Professional indemnity insurance is a commercial policy designed to protect you and your business against claims for financial loss or damage that are made by a client or other third party individuals. These claims could come as a result of perceived negligent services or negligent advice your business has provided.

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    How to start a successful electrical business

    Electrical business is thriving in the UK. Indeed, according to ElectricianCourses4U, the demand for electricians is currently far exceeding the supply. With the rolling out of smart technology and nationwide regeneration schemes on the rise, the demand for electricians is currently outweighing supply.

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    Risks plasterers need to be aware of and how to safeguard against them

    Plasterers face daily risks, like many other trades professionals. From potential slip and trip hazards to dust inhalation, and from accidental damage to customers’ property to inadvertently creating liability risks to members of the public. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the risks and how you can minimise them and their potential impact on your business.

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    Risks that painters and decorators should be aware of

    Painters and decorators face daily risks, much like any other tradesman does. From potential slip and trip hazards to toxic fume inhalation, and from accidental damage to customers’ property to inadvertently creating risks to members of the public, it’s important to be aware of your risks and how you can minimise their potential impact on your business.

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    How you can secure your building site and reduce theft

    As a builder you will most likely have experienced theft from one of your building sites, or at least know someone who has.

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    How to become a builder

    Whether you’re new to the workplace or thinking of a career change, becoming a builder is a stepping stone into an industry of creation.

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    How to become a painter and decorator

    A career as a self-employed painter and decorator can be rewarding and lucrative. With great demand for the skills of this trade, you shouldn’t find yourself struggling for work if you play your cards right.

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    IR35 repeal U-turn: IR35 expert Danny Batey shares his thoughts

    There are many who lobbied hard against the April 2021 off-payroll working reforms, including medium and large-sized businesses who didn’t want the IR35 decision-making burden and contractors who had lost control over their own tax affairs.

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    How to choose a home builder

    When you’re having building work carried out on your home, there is a potential chance of damage to your home’s structure or its contents.

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    What happens if my builder isn’t insured, or is underinsured and something goes wrong?

    When you’re having building work carried out on your home, there is a potential chance of damage to your home’s structure or its contents.

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    What should be in a first aid kit at work?

    The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 state that all UK employers must provide the facilities and equipment needed to keep employees safe. This includes providing a suitably stocked first aid box. But what exactly needs to be included as part of this emergency kit?