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Cyber Insurance

The Ins & Outs of Cyber Awareness - Part 2. Choosing a Secure Password

Posted by on June 26th 2017 in General News, Insurance

The weakest point in your online presence is usually your passwords. They are your protection against fraud and loss of confidential information. With the latest methods of password attacks able to attempt up to 350 billion guesses per second – it’s important you get yours right. We’ve put together a few basic tips on how you can reduce the risk to yourself and your business.

  • Make your password as long as possible: Most online websites will require you to choose one with a minimum of 8 characters, however most recommendations are between 12 & 14. The more characters in your password...
Cyber Insurance

Cyber Awareness & GDPR Business Breakfast - 11th May 2017

Posted by on May 18th 2017 in Featured, General News, Insurance

On Thursday 11th May in conjunction with Sampson Hall, we held a Business Breakfast seminar at Exeter Racecourse. Our goal was to educate and inform our guests on the practicalities of how you can safeguard yourself and your business before, during and after a potential cyber-attack or data breach.

The session required no technical background and was aimed at Business Owners, Board Members, those responsible for information security, HR Directors, Leaders and Managers of teams and those responsible for the companies insurance. We even had a guest presenter; Adam Atkins from Global Insurer Hiscox who discussed the importance of cover and the benefits of having access to a crisis management team. 

The seminar...
Personal Injury 'Ogden' Rate Change

Government Announces Change to Personal Injury Discount Rate

Posted by on March 16th 2017 in Featured, Insurance

When victims of life-changing injuries accept a lump sum compensation payment, the actual amount they receive is adjusted according to the interest they can expect to earn by investing it.

In addition, when finalising this amount, the Courts apply a Personal Injury Rate, also known as ‘Ogden’ or ‘Discount’ rate, designed to help calculate future losses for life (such as care costs) and future loss of earnings. The rate is applied using multipliers specific to each claimant taking into account their age and other factors such as their education, retirement age and life expectancy.

Last month the Lord Chancellor announced that commencing 20th...

Cyber Awareness for your Business

The Ins & Outs of Cyber Awareness for your Business - Part 1.

Posted by on February 8th 2017 in Featured, General News, Insurance

How it all began

Did you know that the first computer virus ‘Elk Cloner’ was created as a practical joke? It was written in 1982 by a 15 year old student with the intention of displaying a short poem, when the computer re-booted every 50th time. In reality, this caused no real harm to the operating system but it soon paved the way for more sinister versions to follow in its footsteps.  

Since then, millions of viruses, malware, trojans and spyware (to name a few) have appeared worldwide making the headlines. Even this week in the news; a denial of service...

Property Owners and Landlord Insurance

Escape of Water - Property Owners & Landlords Insurance

Posted by on February 2nd 2017 in Featured, General News, Insurance

According to research by the Association of British Insurers nearly one in five claims made on buildings and contents insurance is for damage caused by escape of water, costing as much as £2m every day.

Understanding and assessing your exposure to water/fluid leak and damage is just as important as a fire risk assessment in terms of an organisation’s capacity to operate successfully and profitably. Reducing the risk of damage to your property will avoid uninsured costs; interruption to your business, supply chain and increased insurance costs etc.

Protecting your property from water leaks

The damage and financial loss suffered from the effects...

Press Release: Pavey Group announces key appointment of Commercial Account Manager

Posted by on January 31st 2017 in Featured, General News, Insurance

Pavey Group has appointed a leading local insurance expert to the role of Commercial Account Manager.

Steve Joint will work with commercial client accounts from across the South West at the Devon-based firm, helping them to ensure they have the best insurance and risk management arrangements in place for their business needs.

The father of four, who lives in Newton Abbot, said, “I am delighted to have joined Pavey Group who are acknowledged as a leading insurance and financial services brokerage in the South West. We have a great team of highly experienced individuals who are renowned for delivering market leading service...

Managing Risks to you, your Property and your Guests

Posted by on October 17th 2016 in Featured, Insurance

Whether you’re the owner of a holiday property, or a family planning your summer holiday here in the West Country; ensuring everyone’s safety is paramount.

As guests, we understand that your primary goal is to have a fantastic break, spend quality time with loved ones and see some of the great attractions and locations the West Country has to offer. You should also expect a holiday that is free from accidents and injuries, which holiday property owners do everything possible to ensure. However you can also take the following precautions:

  • On arrival familiarise yourself with the property
  • Read the guidebook, it will contain...

Property Owners & Landlords - A Guide to Unoccupied Properties

Posted by on October 3rd 2016 in Featured, Insurance

With an estimated 600,000 unoccupied homes in England and approximately 20,000 squatters in the UK, unlawful occupation is one of the biggest risks owners face when leaving a property empty. Other potential risks facing your property can include theft, vandalism and accidental damage. We examine some of these key risks below, and what you can do to mitigate them.
 

Unlawful Occupation

In 2012, a new law was introduced, making squatting in a residential property a criminal offence, punishable by up to six months in jail or a fine of up to £5,000.

However, squatting in commercial properties is not a crime and...

Malicious Damage by Tenants - Understanding your Landlord Insurance

Posted by on August 5th 2016 in Featured, Insurance

It’s every landlord’s nightmare; your tenants have vacated the property and before doing so, left you with potentially thousands of pounds worth of damage. The windows are smashed, the doors and walls full of holes, they’ve even taken your furniture – what now?

Malicious Damage is not always included in standard insurance policies. With one of the UK’s largest insurance companies showing the average costs for such claims being in the region of £6,700, it is important to understand the cover you have in place and its adequacy to protect you in such events. Failure to do so may result in...

Cyber Insurance: Why you should invest in additional protection for your business

Posted by on February 11th 2016 in Featured, Insurance

We are all more reliant on technology. This increase in reliance creates new risks and potential liabilities for businesses which traditional insurance policies are insufficient to provide cover for.

Insurance that protects you in the event of a cyber-attack may seem like something only a large corporate organisation would require. However, cyber criminals are non-discriminative, using malicious codes across the internet to search for vulnerabilities, with the potential to attack business of any size, anywhere in the world.

These criminal activities commonly referred to as ‘cyber-crime’ can not only result in significant financial losses but also significant interruption to a business. So...