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Pet shop insurance – why is it important?

Pet shops are crammed full of products to make pets and owners happy, but they still face the same risks as other business premises. The good news? Business insurance is there to help cover the cost of a claim, whether that’s a result of an accident, a fire on your premises, or another unexpected event.

  • liability insurance for pet shops, including public and employee risks
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What does pet shop insurance cover?

Public liability insurance is usually a key cover for many businesses. It protects your business against compensation claims if a member of the public gets injured or loses out financially. Beyond that, tailor your policy to your needs as a pet shop, adding covers as you need them.

Public liability insurance

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

What’s typically covered by pet shop public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to someone else’s property while you’re working, or because of your work
  • injury to someone as a result of your work
  • accidental injuries caused by your employees at work

For example:

  • you’re with a client and you accidentally spill coffee onto their designer handbag, causing a permanent stain
  • your client trips over your laptop charger cable while you’re setting up for an appointment, breaking their wrist
  • <span style='font-size: undefined;'>your employee damages a neighbouring business’s property while bringing equipment into your premises</span>

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

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

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

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • injuries to staff (including casual labourers and contractors) that are caused as a result of your business
  • illness suffered by an employee (including temps and casual workers) caused by working for you

**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:

  • your office manager breaks their finger while trying to close a faulty window at your business premises
  • your receptionist trips over a cable running across the floor of your office, breaking their ankle
  • a temp worker scratches their arm on one of your tools, and the injury becomes infected

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:

  • destruction and damage of your contents equipment, such as furniture or photocopiers
  • cover for flood or fire damage, plus theft and vandalism

For example:

  • some of your business equipment, including a printer, is damaged by a fire
  • several TV screens you use for virtual meetings are stolen by thieves
  • an upstairs leak in your premises causes damage to the sofa and chairs in your reception area

Read more about business contents insurance

Business legal insurance

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

Claims against your business for:

  • a dispute relating to debt recovery, including judgement enforcements
  • an investigation into your tax affairs
  • someone using your company’s identity illegally

For example:

  • one of your clients has informed you that they believe you haven’t met the contractual requirements of their purchase agreement, and they’re refusing to pay an outstanding invoice
  • HMRC investigates your recent tax return, triggered by a fluctuation in your business income
  • someone gets hold of your company bank details and uses them to buy goods and services

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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:

  • the cost of replacing the stock you use to run your business
  • stock that’s been destroyed, lost, stolen, or damaged
  • stock includes food and drink products as well as branded materials and sellable items

For example :

  • your stockroom gets vandalised – products you need to operate are stolen and damaged
  • a fire caused by faulty electrics spreads to your stockroom and destroys sellable items
  • a leaking pipe floods your business premises, destroying stock that you intend to sell

Read more about stock insurance

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

Excess insurance

In case you need to make a claim on your insurance policy.

What's typically covered by excess insurance?

Claims made by you for:

  • the cost of the excess you’d have to pay when making a claim on a cover included in your business insurance policy

For example :

  • strong winds cause severe damage to the roof of your property – you don’t have to pay the £250 excess thanks to your excess insurance
  • a guest accidentally breaks a television during their stay at your property and thanks to your excess insurance, you don’t need to pay excess on the claim
  • a guest’s child trips on a loose carpet and breaks their arm – they claim compensation and you don’t pay excess due to your excess 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 liability insurance for pet shop 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.

What kind of excess should I expect?

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.

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Highest excess

Public liability

No excess

£750

Employers' liability

No excess

No excess

Contents

£200

£4,000

Stock

£200

£4,000

Main building

£200

£400

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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Pet shop 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.

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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