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Customisable insurance for your arts and crafts business

Craft your own insurance policy using our online tool, so you only pay for what you need.

  • We can cover you if you work at home, in your studio, selling at fairs or online
  • 0% APR on your monthly direct debit payments in the first year and no admin fees if you need to amend your policy. Over 18s only, subject to eligibility
  • We guarantee to beat your new business quote or renewal premium from any other insurer.

    Excludes van. Cover on an equivalent basis to ours. Qualifying criteria apply. Terms & Conditions.

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.

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or call us on 0345 605 9168

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 and product liability

    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.

    At Direct Line for Business, we offer public and product liability from £1 million to £10 million.

    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.

  • Employers' liability

    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.

  • Buildings cover

    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

    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.

  • Business interruption

    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.

  • Theft of takings

    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.

  • Cyber cover

    If you’re selling items online and taking payment for goods, or if you use computers to run your business, you may want to think about investing in cyber cover. A cyber attack could put your systems and your customers’ data at risk. Our cyber insurance covers you for:

    • The costs you face as a result of cyber crime
    • Compensation and defence costs for a data breach or unintentional transmission of a virus
    • Loss of income following a cyber attack
    • The cost of responding to a cyber ransom demand

    We also provide access to specialist support for PR and crisis management, identity theft assistance, IT forensics and data recovery experts, and specialist advice to prevent viruses or hacking attacks after an incident.

  • Legal expenses

How can we help?

Get a quote, talk to us via live chat or call us on
0345 605 9168.

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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.

Policy documents

View and download policy documents here

Legal Document Service

Included as standard when you buy or renew a policy from 1st February 2016.

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