Customisable cover for shop owners and retail businesses, including public and product liability, employers liability and buildings and contents insurance.
Get a quote in 4 minutes and cover from £12.95 per month, including insurance premium tax.
Why buy shop insurance?
Each shop or retail business requires different insurance – a flower shop isn't likely to have the same risks as a pharmacy.
To make sure you're covered for the risks most associated with your store, you might want to consider business insurance that you can alter to your requirements. That's why we offer customisable cover, which allows you to tailor your protection and only pay for what you need.
Some features of our retail and shop insurance include:
- Choose from £2m or £5m public and product liability cover
- Change or cancel anytime, and you won't be charged
- Only pay for the cover you need with a monthly subscription
- Additional covers such as terrorism and theft by an employee
Set up your shop insurance in less than 10 minutes
Change or cancel it at any time. No penalties.
We can insure almost 200 types of retail businesses
From coffee houses to chemists, garden centres to grocers, we can provide customised cover to a wide range of shops, hospitality and retail businesses.
While we insure many different types, here are a few popular shops that we cover:
- Beauty salons
- Clothing shops
To check if we cover your shop or retail business, simply click 'Start your quote'.
What insurance do shops need?
While every shop is different, there are some covers that make sense for a lot of businesses. Here are some you may want to consider.
Public and product liability insurance
From slippery floors to products causing damage, if a member of the public accidentally injures themself or has their property damaged as a result of your business or the products that you sell, you could be liable.
Some features of our product and public liability cover include:
- You can buy our public and product liability cover on its own, which is handy if you don't need any other kind of cover
- £2m or £5m to cover costs for accidental injury to the public or damage to their property
- Compensation for court attendance
- £100k data protection cover
Employers liability insurance
Are you hiring a team for your retail space? If you hire anyone, regardless of if they're full-time, part-time or temporary, employers liability insurance is a legal requirement in the UK.
If an employee suffers an accidental injury or damage to their property and they made a claim against you, this type of cover could protect you and your business.
- £5m or £10m of cover for claims made by employees for accidental injury or property damage as a result of working for you
- Compensation for court attendance
- Cover for injury to working partners
Buildings, contents and stock cover
As a shop owner, your retail space and the things in it are precious. This type of cover protects your building, its contents and your stock from damage and theft.
- Buildings cover up to £750,000, contents cover up to £100,000 and stock cover up to £100,000
- Cover for portable equipment up to £10,000, with a single item limit of £2,500
- Cover for certain accidental damage to your building or buildings, including floods
- Cover for accidental damage to cables and underground pipes
- Cover for debris removal as a result of accidental damage
- Cover for tracing the source of leaking to underground pipes
- Cover for buildings fees including architects, consultants and legal
- Cover for theft or damage to contents, landlord's fixtures and fittings, interior decorations and employees' belongings up to £1,000 per employee
- Cover for stocks and materials including work in progress and customers goods that are in your care
Commercial legal protection
Sometimes, legal affairs like tax enquiries or disputes are unavoidable. If this happens and you don't have an in-house legal team, it can really help to have professional support and expertise. This type of cover provides the advice and counselling services necessary to cover commercial legal affairs.
Online retail cover
If you run an online shop alongside your physical retail space, there's no need to add this as another business activity. Our shop insurance includes additional e-commerce insurance for retailers who sell items online at no additional cost. However, we're unable to cover shops that sell items in the US and Canada.
On top of these options, we also offer a bunch of other covers to boost your policy and give you the perfect protection for your business.
Cover for lost income due to physical damage to your property such as a flood.
Cover if your shop front is damaged, including the glass.
Cover if there is interruption to your business caused by terrorism.
Theft by an employee
Cover for theft of stock or contents, including money, by employees.
Deterioration of stock
Cover if your frozen or chilled stock deteriorates.
Goods in transit
Cover if your stock is damaged or stolen while in transit.
What's not included
While we'd like to cover everything, there are some exclusions to our shop insurance. These include:
- Cover for businesses that allow the consumption of alcohol on site
- Cover for general wear and tear to stock and contents
- Cover for businesses that have large deep fat friers (over 3 litre capacity)
- Shops with particularly high-value items
- Shops that sell safety critical items, such as car parts
Shop insurance claims
Shop insurance can cover a range of different accidents and risks. Here are a few examples of claims scenarios and the different types of cover they relate to.
A customer in your shop slips on a wet floor and injures themself, even though you put a sign down. Without public liability cover, you could face legal and compensation costs.
The coffee machine that the barista in your cafe uses hasn't been checked properly and injures them. If a claim is made against you, employers liability should cover this.
A robber breaks into your shop and steals a bunch of your stock, including some of your employees' personal belongings. Contents and stock cover should cover this.
Your shop suffers from a flood. You can't open and your stock is ruined. Contents and stock cover can cover the shop damage, while business interruption would cover the lost income while you can't trade.
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 or claim made against you, type of claim and its detailed description.
You can also attach any relevant supporting documentation like proof of loss, proof of purchase, a letter of demand or a statement of claim.
We'll get on the case
Once submitted, your claim will be assessed.
If the claim is large, we may need more information from you. Or, if it's small, our team may be able to settle it within a couple of days (or hours, in some cases).
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.
If you’re liable for something we will assist you with legal support.
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Shop insurance FAQs
For basic product and public liability insurance, our cover starts at £12.95 including insurance premium tax (IPT).
If you also add buildings and contents insurance, our cover starts from £18.67 including IPT.
To switch to us from another insurer you'll need to let your current insurer know that you're leaving them and start a policy with us.
When building your quote with Superscript, you can set a day that you want your policy to start, so you're never without business insurance.
Yes – in the UK, building and contents insurance is an allowable expense, which means you can deduct this cost from your taxable profit.
When working out how much cover you need, it's worth calculating how much it would be to cover the costs associated with various claims and choose the level of insurance that would cover this.
The associated costs will be different for various claims and could include legal fees, compensation, repairing or replacing items and rebuilding property, which also includes builders' fees, materials, surveryors' fees and debris removal.
Keep in mind that if you also run an online retailing business alongside your shop, you may need extra cover. To learn more, have a look at our online retailer cover.
An excess is the amount paid to the insurer when a claim is made.
Here are some excess rates that you may have to pay when making a claim on your shop insurance:
- Damage caused by flood, subsidence, ground heave or landslip – £1,500
- Damage to glass, shop front or frozen or chilled stock – £100
- Damage to third party property – £250
- All other damage – £250
Yes, we also cover online retailers. There's no need to select multiple business activities when building a quote – when selecting your shop type in our quote builder, you'll also be covered to sell things online. However, we're unable to cover shops that sell items in the US and Canada.
Paying for your insurance by monthly subscription can have a few advantages for your business. Here are just a few:
- Paying in smaller increments as opposed to a large annual fee can help you manage cash flow
- You're not locked-in to an annual contract, which means you can adapt or cancel your cover at any time for no extra cost
- It gives you the flexibility to change your cover from one month to the next, which comes in handy if you are a new business
- You only pay for what you need – some annual contracts will bundle cover together, but our monthly subscription lets you select the covers that are applicable to your business so you're never over or under insured.
To learn more, read our guide on the advantages and disadvantages of monthly insurance.
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