Business equipment insurance
Covers equipment from essentials like phones and laptops to high-tech machinery, film cameras and heart monitors – maybe even the wetsuit that’s helping you find the Merchant Royal's sunken treasure.
What does business equipment insurance cover?
From everyday essentials to specialist kit, all the equipment you need to perform your job should be protected.
Our specialist business equipment insurance gives you peace of mind, knowing the items you rely on are covered.
10% of customers paid £2.67 a month or less for their business equipment cover between January and March 2023.
- Equipment-only insurance with no obligation for further cover
- Protects against damage, loss or theft of your equipment
- Instant policy documents
- Purchase entirely online
- Tweak your policy anytime, without fees
- Hassle-free claims, UK based support
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Why would I need business equipment cover?
To quickly repair or replace your items
In many professions, any downtime without your specialist items of equipment can have a knock-on effect on your ability to do business. Standalone business equipment cover can repair or replace items that are broken, misplaced or stolen extremely quickly so you can get on with the task at hand.
To protect your vital equipment against theft
Unfortunately, criminals know that portable business equipment often carries significant value and they target business professionals for their electronic devices and more. Business equipment cover guards against losses sustained when your items are targeted by thieves.
To avoid having to take out unwanted additional insurance
Some insurers only offer business equipment cover as part of a policy that includes other covers, such as public liability. Superscript's equipment-only cover is standalone, meaning you aren't tied to taking out additional cover you don't want or need.
What is covered by business equipment insurance?
If your electronic devices and specialist equipment are damaged, it can cause troubling delays in your work schedule, as well as costly repairs. Business equipment insurance covers you for accidental or malicious damage to your business' equipment, including as a result of flooding and fire, in the office or out and about.
In the world of business, time equals money and losing a piece of important equipment can cause expensive delays to your business activities. If you, or anyone in your business, has irretrievably misplaced a piece of company equipment, then your policy can cover the cost of the missing item.
For businesses that use high value equipment, especially computers and phones, the possibility of theft is always apparent. If you are the victim of a crime in which your business' equipment is stolen, your policy can cover the cost of replacing the affected items.
Once you've completed a quote, you'll be able to view a summary of cover. Please always refer to your policy documents for full details around exclusions, terms and limits of your customised cover. Read our guide to understanding your policy documents.
We offer business equipment insurance to over 250 professions
From project managers to interior designers, medical consultants to estate agents, we offer business equipment insurance, with no obligation to take out other insurance products, to a wide range of professions.
Any profession that uses portable equipment, including company laptops and phones, could benefit from standalone business equipment cover. Here are a few examples of the most popular professions that we insure:
- Management consultancy
- Property management
- Financial services
- Recruitment consultancy
- Legal services
To check if we can offer standalone business equipment cover for your profession, simply click 'Start your quote'.
How do claims work?
You make a claim
Log in to your online account and go to the ‘Make a claim’ section. There, you can make a claim directly – there's no need to call us.
We'll ask you for some details about your claim, including a crime reference number (if applicable), the date of loss, type of claim and its detailed description.
You can also attach any relevant supporting documentation like proof of loss or proof of purchase.
We'll get on the case
Once submitted, your claim will be assessed.
If the claim is large, you may have to provide further information. For smaller claims, you may be able to proceed without further information.
Either way, we'll keep you regularly updated and you'll be able to see the status of your claim on our customer portal.
Your claim is settled
After it's been assessed, we'll let you know if your claim has been successful or not.
If items have been lost, stolen or damaged, we might arrange for the items to be replaced or make a payment to you.
Business equipment insurance claims
There are many different situations and events that could lead to a claim under your business equipment insurance policy. Here are a few examples of potential claim scenarios:
Projector breaks before an investor meeting
As you prepare to present to potential investors, your digital projector is accidentally broken. A business equipment insurance policy can cover you to repair or replace the item quickly and easily, in time for the big meeting.
Laptop is lost on a business trip
During a business trip, an employee misplaces a company laptop while out and about at a conference and the item is not retrieved. Your policy covers the cost of replacing the item.
Camera is stolen during video production
Your media production company is shooting a new video and, while on location, a thief forcibly takes an expensive piece of camera equipment. A business equipment insurance policy covers the cost of replacing the stolen item.
Business equipment insurance FAQs
Yes. To be covered against theft all items covered by the policy must be secured in a:
- locked building
- trailer or vehicle
Alternatively, they can be attached to a desk or fixed object by a suitable locking device and access must be gained by forcible and violent means.
When not locked away, the item must be being carried by you or your partners, principals, directors or employees, or within their line of sight.
You can choose to cover your equipment for overnight vehicle storage for a small additional premium, providing the vehicle is securely locked.
The cost fo your business equipment insurance will vary according to the cover your profession needs and the value of the equipment that your business uses.
For items of business equipment that are lost, stolen or destroyed and which cannot be recovered or found, we will cover you for an amount equal to the replacement value of the item at the date of the loss, subject to a suitable deduction for wear and tear.
For equipment that is damaged in any other way, we'll cover you for a sufficient amount to repair the damaged item(s) or replace or reinstate the damaged item(s) or the parts that have been damaged.
While equipment cover is often included in other professional insurance products, the beauty of our equipment-only insurance is that you can cover your business' vital equipment without being obligated to take out any other insurance products.
If your business is entitled to claim VAT on the replacement item then the claim will be settled excluding VAT.
The policy covers tools belonging to, borrowed or leased by you or your employees, which are used for your business anywhere within:
- Great Britain
- Northern Ireland
- The Channel Islands
- The Isle of Man
- Temporarily anywhere in the world
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Our insurance products are underwritten by Standard & Poor’s A-rated financial strength or higher. This means the underwriter has been independently assessed by the world’s leading credit rating provider and found to have a strong capacity to meet financial commitments (pay claims).
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If you are a business with an annual turnover under £1m, charity with an annual income under £1m, or trust with net assets under £1m, then you will be entitled to compensation from the FSCS in the unlikely event we cannot meet our obligations. Full details and further information on the scheme are available at www.fscs.org.uk.