Announcing the winner of this quarter’s CLEAR employee award!

We’re excited to announce the winner of this quarter's Pauline Uludag Employee of the Year Award. Our award was set up in memory of Pauline Uludag who worked in the Claims department for us and sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2013. Pauline was known for her outstanding performance and was always positive and considerate to everyone she worked with.  The aim of the award is to recognise those who make a great contribution in any aspect of CLEAR’s business just as Pauline did.  

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CLEAR acquires Brokerbility Holdings, BHIB Insurance Brokers and Churchill Insurance Consultants in largest deal to date

We are delighted to announce our acquisition of Brokerbility Holdings Ltd comprising its broking, network and technology businesses. The deal sees Clear Group (CLEAR) acquire Brokerbility Holdings, the parent company of BHIB Insurance Brokers Ltd and Churchill Insurance Consultants Ltd; the Brokerbility Network, Brokertech and Brokerbility Information Gateway (BIG), the software solutions provider and IT platform, which distribute wholesale products across the Brokerbility network.

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Artist, maker and Cockpit Arts/CLEAR award winner Ula Saniawa reflects on her full-year progress

The annual Cockpit Arts/CLEAR Insurance Award supports professional designer-makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft trade.

The winner of the award receives a match funded studio space at Cockpit arts worth £2,500* — plus a specialist insurance package tailored for their needs from us at CLEAR.

2019’s winner, ceramic artist Ula Saniawa, recently completed her full year at Cockpit Arts. In the interview below she reflects on the impact the award has had across her work and life:

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Why are certain types of insurance getting harder and more expensive to arrange? Unfortunately, the answer is far from simple...

We've already written about a 'hardening' insurance market and how, until recently, this was primarily confined to the supply of professional indemnity insurance (PII).  However, conditions across the whole insurance sector are now becoming more challenging as insurers are forced to increase premiums, reduce their presence in specific markets or withdraw from them altogether because they are no longer financially viable. 

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Communication counts on property policies post-Covid

The advent of Covid-19 has given the property sector much to think about. While attention is focused on finding solutions to multiple challenges, from the economic fallout from lockdown to ensuring spaces comply with social distancing, there are several insurance issues which should not be overlooked. In many respects, risk has changed – for better or worse – and action may need to be taken accordingly in order to satisfy any relevant policy conditions, ensure cover is adequate and to avoid paying unnecessarily inflated premiums. Our property specialist, James King, recently caught up with Estates Gazette to discuss this in more depth:

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Cyber risks of staff laptop theft — how to mitigate data loss

With the majority of businesses now working remotely, laptops have replaced desktops for many.

This change in equipment presents additional risks for data security that may harm your business.

We have outlined how to identify and reduce the likelihood of data loss via laptop thefts in this 3-step guide:

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As MPW strengthens its ties with the CLEAR Group, we talk to CLEAR MPW MD Andy Webb

This week, we announced that MPW Insurance Brokers, an organisation with more than 30 years of experience in arranging specialist insurance for the construction industry, has made some changes to reflect its close relationship with the CLEAR Group.

This exciting integration brings a new trading name - CLEAR MPW - and a new logo, making it more obvious that the business’s clients are benefitting from CLEAR’s resources and infrastructure, receiving a faster, more efficient service from the same MPW team that they’re already familiar with. This is an exciting stepping stone towards a full trading name change to Clear Insurance Management at a later date.

To discuss the integration and what it means for the newly minted CLEAR MPW, their team, and their clients, we sat down with founder and Managing Director Andy Webb.

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FCA court case regarding COVID-19 insurance cover - implications for clients with business interruption insurance

There has been much confusion over the COVID-19 crisis and the response from insurers. In an attempt to gain greater clarity over policy cover the FCA has started a High Court action against a number of insurers. We have had a number of queries from our customers regarding the test case and what it means for commercial policyholders; we hope this note will help you to understand the process and how it might affect you.

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Our 5 tips to help keep staff safe as they return to commuting

Businesses across the UK are now returning to the workplace, meaning many workers will now be commuting again for the first time since March.

As with ensuring offices and other work environments are as safe as possible, proactivity is the key to supporting staff safety as they commute. It’s worth considering adjusting your working practices, as well as your rules and guidance for staff, to help ensure they’re as safe as possible.

Here, we’ve compiled 5 key factors to consider as you do this:

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COVID-19: How are you responding to the risk management needs of your business after lockdown?

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it's that if a business is to ride out a major crisis and continue trading, it needs a risk management plan.

That's not to say that a risk management plan is a silver bullet. But without one, you can't hope to understand how your business might suffer and, crucially, how it might adapt and respond to minimise disruption to its operations.

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