Insurance · 6 October 2016

New offering sees Hiscox protect small business with crime insurance

Based in the City of London, the new Hiscox product is designed specifically to protect small businesses
UK insurance provider Hiscox has launched a new product aimed at safeguarding small businesses against a range of crimes including fraudulent activity.

Designed to complement the firm’s other business insurance policies, particularly those covering cybercrime, Hiscox Crime Insurance offers smaller UK firms greater access to more comprehensive business cover.

Business owners will be protected from anything from theft of money, securities and premises, to telephone fraud and reputational damage.

The product will also give small firm decision makers an option to protect themselves against ‘social engineering, the fraudulent act of posing as real individuals such as company directors or managers to exploit unknowing employees, which Hiscox has claimed is a growing problem amongst small businesses.

The insurer’s new policy will also protect owners from acts such as the misappropriation of business expenses, computer violation, public relations costs and compensation for court attendances.

the product has been developed to help clients overcome all the impacts a commercial crime loss can cause, explained Hiscox UK senior development underwriter Bronwen Horn.

commercial crimes are often discovered purely by chance, and whilst the financial impact on a business can be devastating, what is often overlooked is the resulting threat to business processes and the reputational impact. These kinds of losses can, over time, dwarf the relatively shorter-term impact of financial loss.

Recent research has suggested many small UK business owners fail to report crimes in the belief it would not lead to a successful prosecution.

In March, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) discovered that around a quarter of all small business crimes go unreported, with 46 per cent of owners stating they thought that doing so would not lead to a positive outcome for their firm.



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.