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BUSINESS PROTECTION LONDON

LIFE & CRITICAL ILLNESS | BUSINESS INSURANCE |

INCOME PROTECTION | PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE

Business Protection Insurance is vital when you are running a successful business. Just as we protect our homes, cars and family from unforeseen circumstances, it is imperative we also look at putting in business protection insurance protect our business.

With many businesses reliant on key people within their organisation to ensure the business is operating successfully, the need for business protection insurance can be critical to provide a financial safety net.

Why Business Protection Insurance?

Business protection insurance is one of the best ways to safeguard the future of businesses and companies, by protecting the people who matter most to your business success.

With Business Protection, you’re giving your company an extra degree of long-term stability and reassurance, by protection for a key person or key employee/s, should something ever happen to them – or you if you are a Director/ Shareholder.

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Types of Business Protection Insurance

Key Person Cover

There are always key individuals within a company that make big contributions to the success of a business. So losing one of them can have a serious impact on the financial health and business continuity.

How does Key Person Protection help?

With many small and medium sized businesses, dependent on a key person/ key people, Key Person Protection Insurance is designed to help give your business protection in the event of death, critical illness or terminal illness of one or more key employees.

If the key person suffering with ill health is also the owner of the business, this could also put additional financial strain of the business and remaining owners of the business.

If such an event happens, the plan pays out a lump sum to cover any loss in revenue or profits – helping to keep your business on track.

The Critical illness element is an add on to the life cover element for death and/ terminal illness, and provides protection for your business against the financial impact of a key person who suffers a critical illness during employment.

Partnership Protection and Shareholder protection Insurance

If a business owner or shareholding director dies or suffers a terminal illness, their share of the business usually passes to their beneficiaries.

To regain control of that share, the other shareholders/ business partners may need to buy that individual’s part of the business. Many businesses don’t have the money to do this and it can be costly to borrow.

This may also be the case if a critically ill shareholder/partner was no longer able to run or be part of the business.

How does Shareholder Protection and Partnership Protection help?

A lump sum is paid out if a business owner/ shareholder dies, suffers a terminal or critical illness. This type of business protection insurance provides access to funds to enable the continuing shareholders/ business owners to buy that individual’s share of the business – allowing them to keep control.

Business Loan Protection

Business loan protection will cover your company’s financial stability in times of uncertainty.

If a business owner dies or suffers a terminal illness, lenders may have the right to demand that any outstanding loans are paid back. These could be difficult to pay off at short notice.

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How does Business Loan Protection help?

In the event you lose a business partner, you may want or need to repay outstanding business loans, some of which may have personal guarantees or have to be repaid when someone dies.

Having a business protection insurance providing cover for this will support the financial stability of the business by paying a lump sum in order to repay your debts.

Relevant Life

These policies are a tax-efficient and cost effective alternative – for both you and your employees – to offer a ‘death in service’ benefit that pays your employee’s family a lump sum in the unfortunate event they were to die while employed.

Who can have a relevant life policy within your business?

  • Company Directors
  • Key Employees
  • High Earners

Things to know about Relevant Life Plans

  • If an employee leaves who is covered, they are able to have their plan taken over by a new employer during any time over the plan term or replace with a personal protection plan.
  • Employees must be between 17 and 70, and resident in the UK.
  • Sum assured limits – there’s no upper limit, provided the cover is justifiable – typically 25 times remuneration (dependent on age).

Benefits of Relevant Life Policies

For Employers/ Company Owners

  • Tax Efficiency - this is a tax deductible expense with no National Insurance Contributions
  • A great employee benefits to offer employees

For Employees

  • No National Insurance contributions paid
  • Cash lump sum payment for terminal illness and death

Trusts

What is a Trust?

A Trust is legal arrangement that allows the owner(s) of an asset, for example a life insurance plan, to gift that asset without giving the intended recipient(s) total control and legal ownership of it.

What are the benefits of putting a plan into Trust?

  • When a Plan is held in a valid trust, it’s not subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) as part of the settlor’s taxable estate.
  • The plan proceeds are paid directly to the Trustees, meaning faster payment of the benefits to the beneficiaries.

How can a Trust be used with a Relevant Life Plan?

In order for the business and employees to benefit from the tax benefits associated with a Relevant Life Plan, it should be put into a Discretionary Trust. The owner of the Trust is the business and the life assured is the employee.

All employees are eligible (including shareholding directors of limited companies). However, business owners such as sole traders, equity partners, or LLP members are not eligible.

How do I know what business Protection I need?

Here at London-FS, we have expert advisers who will be able to look at your business in detail, and identify your business protection needs.

We are a firm regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and you can be rest assured your adviser will be able to provide you with advice based on your individual company needs.

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