DO YOU NEED INTERRUPTION INSURANCE FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION?
The following is concise check list containing just 30 quick questions. The first 20 concentrate on business risks while the final 10 look at personal risk. Together they are designed to assist you to work out whether you need Interruption Insurance. For organisations that are not-for-profit making businesses, read ‘organisation ‘for’ business in this checklist.
Mannings Checklist on Enterprises that Need Interruption Insurance©
If you have tick “Yes” to any of the boxes then our recommendation is that your business or organisation, even a not for profit one, should be protected by some form of Interruption Insurance.
Please discuss this further with your insurance broker or agent, who should be able to recommend the right type and level of cover to meet your needs.
1. Business owns commercial property?
2. Business is a manufacturer?
3. Business is a wholesaler?
4. Business is a retailer?
5. Business relies on key stock which is not able to be immediately replaced?
6. Business relies on items of plant and/or equipment which are not able to be immediately replaced?
7. Business relies on key supplier which is not able to be immediately replaced?
8. Business relies on key customer which is not able to be immediately replaced?
9. Business would continue to be liable for ongoing costs such as lease payments on building, vehicles, equipment, or the like even if the business was not able to trade?
10. Business is financed by debt?
11. Business would lose revenue if it were unable to operate from the existing building?
12. Business could keep operating after a loss but with significant increased costs?
13. It would be difficult to find alternative premises?
14. Staff are key to the business’s future success?
15. Business does not have a business continuity plan?
16. Business is seasonal and cannot afford to lose one peak season?
17. Business relies on Utilities?
18. Business does not have sufficient cash reserves to finance a long term disruption?
19. Business would be liable for contractual fines and penalties if it were not able to supply or take delivery of stock?
20. Business is required to insure business interruption or loss of rent under a lease or other contract?
1. My business is my sole or major source of income for me and/or my family?
2. My business is my major or sole investment?
3. My business is a major part of my superannuation?
4. My home is mortgaged to finance my business?
5. I would not be able to obtain finance to fund a business recovery plan in the event of a major disruption to my business?
6. My business provides/funds my car(s)?
7. I rely on my business to fund school / university fees?
8. My business is the reason I get up in the morning?
9. I would hate to have to start over from scratch with nothing?
10. I would hate to go back to working for a boss?
Three final comments you may wish to consider. Did you know that 30% of the claims paid out following September 11, was for business interruption losses. (American Bar Association, 2003). 1,170 people lost their job following the storms in Newcastle in 2007 due to the fact that their employers business failed to reopen due to not having business interruption insurance! (Rising Waters, 2008). A business has less than 1 chance in 10 of surviving without business interruption insurance. (Manning, 2004)
McGlardrey and Pullen (2007)
American Bar Association (2003)
Rising Waters: An Assessment of the Economic & Social Impacts of the 2007 Long Weekend – Pasha Bulker Storm, Hunter Valley Research Foundation, Maryville, NSW, 2008.
Manning A., 2004, Strategic Management of Crises in Small to Medium Businesses,
Doctoral Thesis, Victoria University, Melbourne.