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Santa insurance – why is it important?

There are lots of risks involved in bringing festive joy to families far and wide, so you need to have the right level of protection. Would you have the funds ready to cover a claim? Our policies start with public liability insurance for third party accidents and injuries – then you can build from there.

  • liability insurance for santa, including public and employee risks
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What does Santa 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 Santa, 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 Santa public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • any injury or illness caused by you at work, or because of your work
  • property damage caused by your business
  • injuries or accidental damage caused by one of your employees, if you have any

For example:

  • you spill hot coffee on a client’s laptop, scolding their arm and damaging the laptop screen
  • you accidentally scratch the flooring in the venue you’re working in
  • your employee leaves a trailing wire, causing someone to trip and twist their ankle

**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 business.

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

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:

  • accidental damage or destruction caused by flood, fire, theft, or vandalism
  • cover for your contents, up to the insurance level you’ve selected

For example:

  • your bespoke wooden display units and decorative items are damaged by flooding, and need restoring or replacing
  • a fire causes serious damage to your premises, and you need to replace all your office furniture
  • someone breaks into your business premises and steals the office printer

Read more about business contents insurance

Business legal insurance

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

Claims against your business for:

  • costs and expenses for contractual disputes arising from an agreement
  • cases relating to civil action taken against you for compensation under data protection legislation
  • employment disputes and compensation, for both employees and volunteers

For example:

  • a client says that your work wasn’t delivered on time and that you didn’t meet your contractual obligations, and they’re refusing to pay
  • your employee leaves their laptop unattended in a coffee shop, and a third party is able to lift a customer’s data
  • you need to dismiss an employee following client complaints, and they threaten to file an unfair dismissal lawsuit

Read more about business legal insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case anyone you’ve covered is accidentally injured, at work or off-duty.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an accidental injury or death suffered by anyone who’s named on the policy (whether it happens at work or elsewhere)
  • medical costs and hospitalisation benefit, as well as income lost by your business

For example:

  • your office manager – who you’ve covered on the policy – injures their back at the gym and can’t work at full capacity for a month
  • you suffer a serious burn while cooking and need to take time off work for treatment
  • one of your employees breaks their arm while playing football, and can’t work at full capacity for three weeks

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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:

  • theft or vandalism to your stock
  • other loss or damage to your stock, for example through fires or floods
  • essential stock that you need to sell in order to operate

For example :

  • flooding in your storage unit destroys your stock
  • you make a big Christmas packaging order that’s stolen while you’re speaking with a supplier
  • someone drives into your shop, smashing the windows and destroying a week’s worth of stock

Read more about stock insurance

Tool insurance

In case your tools are lost, stolen or damaged.

What’s typically covered by tool insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to the tools you use for work
  • loss of your business tools or specialist equipment
  • theft of your business tools and equipment

For example:

  • your work laptop is damaged accidentally and it stops working
  • you lose your work phone while you're out and about
  • someone steals your tools from your locked van

Read more about tool 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:

  • when you make a claim on a cover included in your business insurance policy, you won’t need to pay excess

For example :

  • after a heavy storm you need to make a claim on your building cover – you don’t have to pay the £250 excess thanks to your excess insurance
  • a leak in the bathroom causes a guest to slip and injure themselves and thanks to excess cover, there’s no excess to pay on the claim
  • a tenant’s suitcase scratches the wooden flooring in your hallway – you won't have to pay any excess on your accidental damage claim

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 Santa Claus 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.

Prices start from £3.49 per month

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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.

Insurance cover

Lowest excess

Highest excess

Public liability

No excess

£750

Employers' liability

No excess

No excess

Contents

£200

£4,000

Stock

£200

£4,000

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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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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Santa 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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