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Why do you need dry cleaners insurance?

Whether it’s damaging a customer’s clothing or a storm destroying your premises, when you run a dry cleaners, you'll face a range of risks on a daily basis. Our policies start with public liability insurance for third party accidents and injuries – then you can build from there.

  • dry cleaners insurance online, from quote to claim
  • optional personal accident cover for your own injuries, or anyone on the policy
  • public and product liability between £1 million and £10 million

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What does dry cleaners insurance cover?

Public liability insurance

In case your business and products cause an injury or property damage.

What’s typically covered by public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to someone else’s property, caused by your work
  • injuries caused by you at work, or afterwards because of your work
  • accidental injury or damage caused by your employees (if you have any)

For example:

  • you accidentally knock your client’s car when parking outside their house, causing damage to the paintwork on one side
  • a customer trips on a loose cable while on your premises, falling and breaking their arm in several places
  • an employee is mopping the floor, but forgets to put up a safety sign, causing an electrician to fall and injure their back

**If you do employ anyone, you’re usually required by law to have employers’ liability insurance too.**

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Employers’ liability insurance

In case anyone gets ill or injured while working for your sweet shop

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an injury to someone you employ, including contractors and temps, that happens as a result of working for you
  • a member of staff (including casual workers) falling ill due to your business

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • one of your employees falls down some stairs in your business premises, and makes a claim against you for chronic shoulder pain
  • a temporary employee traps their hand in a door at your premises, causing several fractures
  • a member of staff trips on a ledge on their way to a meeting, injuring their hip

Buildings insurance

In case something happens to your business premises.

What’s typically covered by business building insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • repair and rebuild costs after damage caused by a storm, fire, or vandalism
  • fittings and fixtures that get damaged
  • underground pipes and cables, if you’re responsible for them

For example:

  • someone tries to force entry into your shop, damaging the door, which needs replacing
  • a burst pipe causes water damage to floorboards and walls – they need to be replaced
  • equipment catches fire and damages your building, which will need to be completely rebuilt

Read more about business buildings insurance

Contents insurance

In case something happens to your fixtures, fittings, or operational equipment.

What’s typically covered by business contents insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage and destruction caused by flood, fire, vandalism, or theft
  • cover for your contents and the equipment needed to run your business

For example:

  • a flood spreads to your office floor and means you need to replace several desk chairs
  • your photocopier and fax machine are badly damaged during a break-in
  • four business smartphones are stolen from your premises

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Stock insurance

In case something happens to your products and consumables.

What’s typically covered by stock insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • loss, damage or theft of essential stock
  • destruction of stock caused by fire or flood
  • the cost of replacing items that you’re going to sell

For example :

  • a fire in your shop destroys key stock
  • your stockroom gets flooded by a leaking pipe
  • someone breaks into your shop, stealing stock and damaging stock they leave behind

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Business interruption insurance

In case something is stolen or damaged and you lose income.

What’s typically covered by business interruption insurance?

  • you can’t trade because of stock, contents, or building damage

For example:

  • your inventory is damaged and you lose income because you’re unable to sell
  • your work laptop is stolen or damaged and you can’t run your business

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Business legal insurance

In case you’re hit with legal expenses connected to your business.

Claims against your business for:

  • VAT disputes
  • theft of your company’s identity illegally
  • compensation under data protection legislation

For example:

  • HMRC is investigating your VAT affairs, triggered by seemingly incorrect figures on your return
  • a fraudster steals your company’s bank details and buys goods to set up a new line of credit with banks or retailers
  • a client is claiming you didn’t process their data in accordance with GDPR, and is seeking compensation

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Personal accident insurance

In case anyone you’ve covered is accidentally injured, at work or away from work.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

  • compensation if you or an employee are injured in an accident, including weekly payments if you or they are unable to work for two weeks or more
  • virtual Medical Care service with unlimited 24/7 access to medical advice, consultations, referrals and prescriptions
  • 24/7 access to myStrength emotional health support app

You can buy this cover for:

  • yourself
  • your employees

For example:

  • imagine one of your employees breaks their leg in an accident and is out of work for six weeks. Personal accident insurance would provide £300 for the broken leg diagnosis. After the employee's second week off, you'd receive four weekly payments to assist with costs during their absence. You could use the money as you wish – whether for loss of earnings, hiring a temporary replacement, or compensating the injured employee.

What's not covered?

  • issues caused by sickness, illness, or disease
  • conditions that develop over time without a direct connection to an accident
  • mental illness, even if triggered by an accident
  • self-inflicted injuries
  • accidents that occur under the influence of drugs or misuse of medication
  • deliberate exposure to danger, except when attempting to save a life
  • injuries caused by taking part in a professional or semi-professional sport

Read more about personal accident insurance

This content has been created for general information purposes. Make sure you have the right level of business insurance by checking your policy documentation for details. Read our full Terms and Conditions

How much does dry cleaners insurance cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

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*The price is for £1 million of public liability insurance - 10% of customers paid £41.87 or less annually between 1st Oct 2023 - 31st Mar 2024. Equivalent to £3.49/month (and excludes the extra costs for paying monthly). If you complete a quote more types of cover will be available, these all have additional costs.

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How do insurance claims work for dry cleaners?

Unlike price comparison websites, we take the hassle out of claims for you. We know how important it is to get your business back on track quickly – and with a minimum of fuss. That’s why you get access to your dedicated claims team any time, day or night. Call them on 0333 207 0560 or claim online. They’ll do their best to be fair and supportive.

£51 million in claims paid out in 2023

83% of claims were settled in 2023

The figure above is rounded across our range of products. "Settled" covers paid, declined or withdrawn. Our claims process may vary for different products and operates on a ‘claim by claim’ basis. Our specialist partner Sedgwick will pay the claims on behalf of the insurer. Reviewed on 24/04/2024.

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Dry cleaners insurance FAQs

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about insurance for off licences. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

  • Yes. You may start offering additional services that require you to use different skills or carry out different tasks. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to give us a call on 0333 0146 683 to update your policy before you take on this new work.

    If you don’t have the correct type of cover in place for the work you do, you may be unable to claim on your policy if something goes wrong.

  • Each insurer looks at CCJs and IVAs differently – some apply stricter rules than others, but having a CCJ or IVA doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to buy insurance.

  • You can choose the payment type that suits your business and cash flow best. Some customers prefer to pay in one go, while others prefer to pay a regular monthly amount, like you do with lots of other bills. Simply Business offer three ways to pay for your policy:

    • one-off credit or debit card payment
    • BACS payment
    • Direct Debit

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, our credit provider, Premium Credit, pays Simply Business the full amount for your policy up front. You then repay Premium Credit in 10 monthly installments.

  • This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

    If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

    There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a “family business” as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

  • An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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