8 Essential Facts About Beauty Salon Insurance: Understanding Your Coverage

By Darragh Timlin on July 10th, 2023

Do you own a beauty salon in the UK? If so, you’ll know how key it is to protect your business with the right insurance. But with so many different policies and coverages, it can feel like a maze. What’s legally required? Do you need public or employer’s liability insurance, or both? And what about protecting your salon’s physical assets, or covering your treatments?

This blog post will shine a light on these questions, offering clear, jargon-free explanations of the essential facts you need to know about beauty salon insurance. You’ll gain a better understanding of the legal requirements, the types of policies available, and why certain coverages could be vital for your business. We’ll also guide you through securing business interruption insurance for those unpredictable times, and shed light on the claims process. So let’s get started: ensuring your business is protected with the right insurance has never been more straightforward!

1. Some types of insurance are legally required

The world of beauty salon insurance can feel a bit like a maze. The first step in navigating it is understanding the legal requirements in the UK. Here, every beauty salon must have certain types of insurance. Like Public Liability Insurance, to cover claims made by clients who may have suffered injury or property damage in your salon. And, if you employ staff, Employer’s Liability Insurance is also a must. It isn’t just a recommendation; it’s the law.

2. Others aren’t—but are still important

But beyond the legal requirements, there are some other types of insurance that a beauty salon might need. One type is Buildings and Contents Insurance. This covers the physical structure of your salon and the items within it. Another is Treatment Liability Insurance, which provides coverage for any claims arising from the treatments you provide.

It’s worth noting that different salons will require different types of coverage depending on their specific services and risks. But in terms of safeguarding your business, if something goes wrong and you aren’t covered—even if you’re not legally required to be—these types are just as important.

3. Public Liability Insurance is what protects against accidents and mistakes

Public liability insurance is essential for any business that interacts with customers. This coverage protects you against claims made by clients or other third parties who may suffer injury or property damage while on your premises. Accidents can happen, even in the most well-run salons, and public liability insurance ensures you are financially protected. It’s important to consider the level of coverage you require, as the cost of potential claims can vary significantly.

4. Employer’s Liability Insurance keeps your staff safe

As a beauty salon owner, your employees are central to your business’s success. Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement if you have staff, and it’s designed to protect you against claims made by employees who suffer injury or illness as a result of their work. This coverage is essential for maintaining a healthy work environment and for avoiding potentially costly legal disputes.

5. Buildings and Contents Cover protects your salon itself

Your salon’s contents and stock are vital assets that contribute to your business’s overall success. From chairs and styling stations to products and equipment, these items represent a significant investment. Contents and stock cover protect these valuable assets against damage, theft, or loss, providing you with the financial support needed to replace or repair them promptly.

6. Legal Expenses Cover prevents stressful and expensive legal problems

Whether it’s a disagreement with a supplier or an employee issue, legal expenses cover provides financial assistance to help you navigate such situations. This type of coverage can be invaluable in ensuring you have the resources to resolve disputes fairly and efficiently, without damaging your business’s reputation or finances.

7. Business Interruption Insurance keeps things ticking over, even during down-time

Running a beauty salon can be a rewarding and lucrative venture, but unforeseen events can sometimes interrupt your operations. Business interruption insurance helps cover the loss of income resulting from events like a fire, flood, or other damage to your premises.

This coverage ensures you have the financial support you need to get back on your feet and resume your salon operations as quickly as possible. It’s an invaluable safety net, helping to ensure your business survives in the face of adversity.

8. Making a claim is easier than you might think

Making an insurance claim can be daunting. But with the right knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. Generally, you’ll need to notify your insurer as soon as possible, provide them with all the necessary information and evidence, and then wait for them to assess your claim. It’s not always a quick process, but having the right coverage in place can provide peace of mind and financial relief when you need it most.

At Salon Saver, we believe that insurance should be straightforward and affordable. We understand the unique needs of beauty salons, and our policies reflect this. They may not have all the bells and whistles of some other policies out there, but they do provide the core coverage that your salon truly needs to stay safe. We’re here to offer low-cost, no-fuss protection to those businesses that know what they need and don’t want to pay for more than they have to—so contact us today!

Darragh Timlin

With over 25 years’ experience, Darragh is an expert in all things insurance. Starting his career in commercial property underwriting, Darragh has worked for a number of global insurers and is now Managing Director of Salon Saver, part of the wider Henry Seymour Group.

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