Posted on: 02 December 2019

Getting ready for the festive season

The Christmas season is one of the most important times of year for many businesses across the UK, not just the retail sector. Are you ready for Christmas this year?

There are many things you should plan and prepare, to ensure your business is well-equipped to maximise the opportunities the festive season brings. Take a look at our handy business checklist to make sure that you are ready for the most wonderful time of year.

The Business Christmas Checklist

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Staffing

Just like Santa has his elves, a great team can help you with the influx of business that you may experience at Christmas.

Give yourself plenty of time to train your team to be prepared for the Christmas rush.

Top Tip: Look into Employers’ Liability Insurance; a legal requirement if you employ staff under most circumstances.

Stock

If you sell physical stock, you will likely need to order more to cater for the increased amount of sales at Christmas.

Stock up to take advantage of the additional shoppers, and anything that you have left over after Christmas can be promoted in the sales!

Top Tip: Check your insurance policy for seasonal increases of stock cover, which could protect your additional stock in the event of a disaster.

Online shopping

If you sell online, make sure your ecommerce shop is ready for increased traffic around the Christmas period. Increased traffic can lead to crashes, and if the website is down, you won't make any money.

Check with your website host that your website can handle large amounts of traffic to be prepared for the festive season.

Top Tip: Consider cyber insurance as online criminals know the value of online shopping at Christmas and could use the opportunity to hack your systems and hold your business to ransom. 

Theming your business

Let your customers know that you are in the festive spirit by putting up decorations around your premises.

This could be tinsel around your till, a Santa hat for staff or a fully decorated tree to fill your customers with festive cheer, but remember, guest safety should be your number one priority.

Top Tip: If you put up Christmas decorations, review your Public Liability Insurance to make sure it covers you in the event that a visitor to the premises is injured.

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Over the phone, our business insurance experts can assess your business to tailor your insurance to provide your  business with the protection it needs.

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