Arts & crafters insurance

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  • We can cover you if you work at home, in your studio, selling at fairs or online.
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Arts and Crafts Insurance that works for you

Crafting has become big business in the UK, as more and more people are starting to make money from their creativity. Whether you make your living from your handicraft or view it as a passion project, if you sell your work, you need insurance cover.

Even if you don't see yourself as a business, you're as open to legal action as any big company. For example, if a piece came loose from one of your crafts, it could cause injury to a customer. If a claim was made against you, you could be faced with some extremely expensive costs.

Our Arts and Crafts Insurance policy can be customised to suit your business, so you're only paying for what you need.

Whether you choose to insure your products, your equipment or your premises, you'll only have to pay one monthly or annual premium, with one renewal date. It couldn't be easier.

Your cover options

Add any of the following cover options to your Arts and Crafts Insurance to create an insurance policy that precisely fits your business needs. These covers are subject to policy conditions and limits.

Public liability covers you if a member of the public is accidentally injured by you or your staff. This could be someone tripping over items at your stall or your stand falling onto them.

Product liability covers you if someone becomes ill or injured as a result of the products you make and sell.

We offer public and product liability from £1 million to £10 million, subject to criteria.

Proof of public liability insurance for craft fairs and market stalls is often required by event organisers before you're allowed to set up a pitch. When you insure with us, you can download proof of your policy the moment you set it up.

In the majority of cases, holding valid employers' liability insurance is a legal requirement if you have employees. This covers the costs you have to pay if an employee gets injured or becomes ill because of the work they do for you and decides to make a claim against you.

It doesn't matter if your employee works for you on a one-off basis at a craft fair or helps you full-time at your studio, they still need cover. At Direct Line for Business, we will cover you for £10 million, as standard.

In the event of an insured event such as a flood or fire at your premises, buildings insurance will cover the cost of the repairs or reinstatement, this includes debris removal and architect's fees.

Equipment breakdown cover is included as standard, so if your equipment (that forms part of the building) breaks down, we'll cover the cost of the repair or replacing items. Equipment could include things like boilers and fire/burglar alarms, but we won't cover breakdown due to wear and tear.

Contents and stock cover can form a valuable part of your Arts and Crafts Insurance. It can cover all your electrical items and specialist equipment, like sewing machines, woodworking tools and even tills.

If you keep your tools or raw materials at home, you need them covered - especially if you rely on them on a daily basis.

We also offer cover that allows you to insure your business contents on the go, away from your work premises, whether you work at multiple locations or travel to a lot of craft fairs or exhibitions.

Peace of mind, if you experience a sudden and unexpected issue, which can cause damage to your home, makes it unsafe or uninhabitable, home emergency's 24-hour claims line means help is never far away. You'll have a certified contractor, such as plumbers, electricians, glaziers, locksmiths, or drainage engineers at your home within 4 hours of your claim being registered, to make the property secure or prevent further damage. In addition, you have access to gas engineers, pest control services and roofers, but these are not subject to the 4 hour response time. Extreme weather and remote locations may extend the response time.

Up to £1,500 inc. VAT per claim for call-out charges, labour costs and materials for insured emergencies, such as issues with plumbing, heating or pest infestations.

You're also covered for overnight accommodation, up to £300 inc. VAT, if you can't stay in your home due to the insured incident. This isn't available if your home is a B&B, guest-house or hotel.

There's no excess to pay and no limit on how often you can claim.

You can add home emergency to a Direct Line business policy, so long as you run your business from home and have home buildings insurance, home contents insurance or business contents insurance on your policy. It is available on new and renewal policies, it can't be added during the policy term.

Home emergency isn't currently available on policies that include commercial premises.

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As a craftsperson, you might work from home, in a studio or a shared working space. If your working premises become unusable due to an insured event like a fire or flood, business interruption will cover the extra costs of working elsewhere until you can return to your regular premises. It can also cover lost turnover while you're unable to trade.

We also cover you if an event you are trading at, such as a craft fair, gets cancelled because the venue is damaged, resulting in a loss of business for you.

Our business interruption cover can insure you if you or one of your key employees becomes seriously disabled and is unable to continue work. We will cover the incurred costs, up to £25,000, to minimise any interruption to the business.

This policy will cover you in case of theft of takings from you or anyone working for you, whether you're at home or craft fairs.

If you hold sensitive customer data, process payments online or just want peace of mind, Cyber cover should be considered. Because cyber criminals can be clever. Catching you off-guard and tricking you in to doing something you shouldn't, like opening an attachment in a fake email, or finding a way through your cyber-security. If this happens and they get their hands on your data or access to your bank account, the impact on your business could be devastating.

But, with our Cyber cover, you can call the experts, 24/7. They'll be on it, helping you to stay in business and recover in three ways:

Recover financially

  • Covering loss of business income if your systems are attacked
  • Covering recovery costs, like fixing damage to your computer systems or data restoration
  • Covering fines (where insurable by law) and compensation costs

Recover your reputation

  • You get access to public relations and crisis management experts to minimise damage to your brand and business

Recover your systems and help prevent future incidents

  • Technical experts will help fix your IT issues and provide advice on how to prevent future cyber incidents

Read more on Cyber cover here.

Available on new and renewal policies only. For Retail and Office & Professional customers only.

This pays the legal costs of providing specialist lawyers and taking action against many common legal problems, for instance disputes with suppliers or event organisers.

Personal accident cover provides payment if anyone in your business between the ages 16-75 is unable to work because they've been injured in an accident, whether in a business or personal capacity.

We'll pay a lump sum of £50,000 if there is an accidental death, accidental loss of limbs or sight, or if someone in your business becomes permanently disabled following an accident.

If someone in your business is unable to work due to a temporary injury, then after 7 days we'll pay their normal net weekly earnings up to £500 for up to 104 weeks.

You can choose Personal Accident as an add-on once you've completed your quote.

If you have commercial premises, you can extend your cover, for an additional premium, to include property damage as a result of an Act of Terrorism. We'll cover you up to the maximum sum insured on your policy for buildings, contents and business interruption (depending on which covers you have taken).

This includes:

  • the rebuild of buildings damaged beyond repair
  • cover for damage or loss of your business contents, stock and computer equipment, to help you get back up and running.

If you choose business interruption cover, you can extend this to include cover for reduced turnover and the costs of setting up elsewhere, due to damage to your premises resulting from an Act of Terrorism. It will also cover you not being able to access your premises as a result of an Act of Terrorism within 1 mile of your business.

Acts of Terrorism are defined as damage caused by someone acting on behalf of, or in connection with, any organisation which uses force or violence to overthrow or influence the UK government.

Terrorism cover is only available for properties located in England, Wales and Scotland.

Terrorism insurance is optional, so an additional premium will apply.

You can include Terrorism cover on your policy by adding it online or by calling us on 0345 301 5066 when you take out your policy or at renewal, as it cannot be added to your policy mid-term.

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Arts and crafters policy documents

If you have an existing quote or policy with us, you can view and download your policy documents from the My Account page.

We tailor all our policies, so your documents only show what you've chosen to cover.

Here is a summary of a generic policy, from 25 October 2020 onwards, which shows the main covers and exclusions in our policies.

Frequently asked questions

If you're making and selling crafts from home then you are most likely not covered by your home insurance. If your workspace or specialist equipment was damaged or destroyed by fire or flood, you would be unable to claim for them under your home policy.

If you add contents or buildings cover to your Direct Line for Business Arts and Crafts policy, you will be able to recover your building repair costs and replace expensive items like sewing machines, pottery wheels and looms following an insured event such as a fire, flood or theft.

Craft fair organisers will often ask to see proof of stallholder insurance before they allow you to pitch your stall. What this means in practice is that you need to have public and product liability on your policy. When you take out your insurance policy with Direct Line for Business, you can download evidence of your cover instantly so you can provide proof of cover minutes after you sign up for it.

If you employ anyone to help you at the craft fair, even on a casual basis, then you are legally required to have employers' liability insurance. There are some exceptions to this rule and further details can be found here.

We don't provide stallholder insurance for one day events. This is because if someone is injured because of your product, you need to be covered for the day the damage occurred, not just the day of purchase. We can cover one day events as part of an annual policy, but not on a one day policy or short period policy.

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