Professional Pet Businesses

July 23, 2020

Leading pet insurer British Pet Insurance Services has launched dedicated insurance for anyone in the UK running a pet business or service.

Called ‘Professional’ it offers pet business insurance tailored to protect those running pet businesses including dog walkers, pet sitters, home boarders, pet groomers, pet taxis, pet trainers and pet micro chippers.  The insurance covers a range of animals including dogs, cats, and small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, degus or ferrets.

The pet care industry has managed to remain resistant during COVID-19.  Mintel’s latest statistics show that UK pet owners will spend over £2 billion on pet care and services by 2023. The latest statistics from the PFMA reveal there are currently 9 million dogs and 7.5 million cats in the UK and British Pet Insurance Services predicts this figure is set to rise as more people consider purchasing a pet.

As lockdown eases there is also likely to be a boom for pet businesses as Britain’s dogs head back to day care, grooming and holiday boarding.  Many in the pet care industry have put new measures in place to ensure social distancing and best practices are observed as part of their new service.

Andy Pearce, CEO of British Pet Insurance Services, said: “We want to help pet businesses in the UK have the best possible protection. The impending return to work for many, as lockdown relaxes, will inevitably lead to an increased demand in pet-related service requirements and as part of the new measures pet businesses are putting in place they should also look at their business insurance to ensure it is right for them.”

Professional insurance from British Pet Insurance Services allows business owners to tailor their policies. Standard cover for the new policy includes up to £5,000,000 public liability, including cover for four shows or events per year in connection with the business and up to £30,000 care, custody, and control of animal negligence cover, including injury or loss of an animal.

Tailored options include loss of business stock or equipment; theft of keys, care, custody and control of animals (non-negligence cover); employers’ liability, professional indemnity, personal accident and even loss of business cash.

Andy Pearce continued: “Pet businesses can tailor our insurance to their business. We want to provide a safety net, for example should the worst happen and a pet escapes or injures themselves or others. As a business owner, if you are held responsible costs could run into thousands. Having insurance provides peace of mind and financial assistance. Pet owners want the best for their pets so it’s essential to safeguard your reputation and business.”

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