Interview with artist, maker and Cockpit Arts/CLEAR award winner Ula Saniawa

Each year the Cockpit Arts/CLEAR Insurance Award supports the work of professional designer-makers who show particular promise, with the winner receiving a match funded studio place at Cockpit Arts - worth £2500* - plus an insurance package specially tailored for craftspeople from us at CLEAR. 

2019’s winner was ceramic artist Ula Saniawa, who makes hand pinched porcelain installations and vessels.

Now six months through her tenure, Ula reflects on the impact the award has had across her work and life:

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Is your business among the 59% that don't have life cover for their key people?

For some firms, and especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), their very survival may rest in the hands of just a few key people. SMEs, especially, tend to rely more heavily on key personnel than larger companies because of their size and limited resources. 

Losing someone critical, therefore, could have a crippling effect on an SME's operations and jeopardise its continued existence.  

Yet, too often, it's these same indispensable individuals who fail to recognise what could happen to their business if they were to become seriously ill or die.

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Our Christmas opening hours 2019

Christmas is nearly here and as 2019 comes to an end we would like to take a moment to thank you for your valued support. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the best of luck for a prosperous 2020!

Here are our Christmas opening hours in case you need to contact us over the holiday period:

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A tasty afternoon for our property ladies

On Thursday 24th October, Georgia and Serena from our property team organized a fabulous cheese and wine tasting afternoon for ladies in property, both colleagues and clients. We’re pleased to share details of the tasting and photos from the day: 

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CLEAR annual golf day at the drift – 5th September 2019

On Thursday 5th September, we hosted our annual golf day to thank clients, insurers and associates for their custom and assistance during the past 12 months.

Once again we were blessed with fantastic weather and great golf playing. Here's a summary of how the day went and some photos of the day:

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The Ogden discount rate - how will the changes affect you?

With effect from 5th August 2019, the Ogden discount rate will marginally increase from -0.75% to -0.25% for personal injury awards. The government made the decision to increase the Ogden Rate after the current rate led to concerns that victims of life-changing injuries (claimants) were being significantly overcompensated. Here are the key points to note about the changes and how they will affect you:

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CLEAR’s charity fundraising gets a helping hand

We’re excited to announce that our charity fundraising this year has been given a significant boost.

Our friends at Ecclesiastical Insurance have generously offered to provide an additional £500 for each of our chosen charities this year, as part of their Closer To You scheme. Their mission is to give £100 million to charity by 2020, and one way they’re doing that is by giving donations directly to charities chosen by a selection of the brokers they collaborate with.

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