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A Guide to Beauty Salon Insurance 

By Eamonn Turley from the MultiQuoteTime Editorial Team - Fact checked July 2023

Salon insurance covers all the beauty profession including nail technicians, Hairstylists, Beauticians and Manicurists or pedicurists. You may operate from a salon or provide a mobile beauty service. In all cases, you will be working with the public, and you may become liable for claims for damage to property or personal injury. When you are working with the public, it is important to understand that you can be held liable for any mishap. Whilst not a legal requirement for many, taking out makeup artist insurance is the preferred option over the associated risks within the beauty industry.

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Multi Quote Time works in partnership with QuoteZone who provide a simple form which once completed is submitted to a specialist panel of brokers. These brokers work in the beauty insurance niche and will be in contact via the phone to provide you quotations based on your salon insurance business requirements.

Owning and running a salon can be fun and at times stressful. You strive to make your customers happy and build up relationships and lifelong customers. Sometimes customers complain, and normally this is easy to deal with. However, if a complaint is valid and serious, you run the risk of a costly liability claim.  

Is Salon Insurance A Legal Requirement?

Legally you will be required to have a minimum of employee's liability of at least 5 million, although most policies offer 10 million, that is if you employ staff. For more information on your legal obligation, please review the insurance for small business guide provided by the UK government. So if you do not employ staff you do not legally need to take out insurance, however doing so will protect your business gainst public liability claims. 

So, if you do not employ staff, you legally do not need insurance. However, insurance can protect your business against public liability claims. Such claims can be substantial and when you work with the public you are running a risk of losing your business should any claim be successful. So if you are a salon owner, a hairdresser or nail technician or provide a business service to the public you need to consider protecting your business against these type of claims. The 4 main areas that should be considered include: 

  • Protection against financial loss
  • Property protection
  • Protection against claims and legal actions
  • Employee protection 

What is the Average Price of Salon Insurance? 

The cost will depend on a number of factors, a few of the key ones are listed below, but the list is by no means exhaustive. As in any type of insurance you can take actions to lower the cost of your premium. The key to lowering your premium is lowering your risk to the insurance broker.

  • Your annual turn over
  • Number of years trading and history of claims. If you are just starting out you have no control over this factor and will likely face a higher premium than someone trading over a few years with a good history of no claims
  • How big is your operation including the number of staff that you employ both full and part time
  • The level of cover required and additional extras that you wish to include.

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  • Take time to read your policy details, pay attention to both what is included and any exclusions that may be applicable.
  • Do you need business equipment protection when you are providing service at a client's house? This type of cover will cover your valuable equipment against theft, loss or damage
  • If you are currently renting premises, do check with the landlord if it is your responsibility to take out building's cover.
  • If you employ staff, full or part-time you will be legally required to take out employer's liability protection, very few exceptions exist. Employee liability protection will protect you against any claims that an employee may make against you for injury or illness on or off site.
  • Work away cover. Do you at times visit a client's house to provide a personal beauty service? If yes, then speak with your broker on how best include this extra cover into your salon insurance policy.
  • Product liability, Product liability cover is able to protect your business against any medical and damage claims, including legal costs made against your business. Typical levels of product liability available  range from £500,000 - £5,000,000
  • Public Liability, Given that accidents do happen it is important to ensure you have the correct level of protection in your beauty salon  policy. For example application of a new product has resulted in a client having an adverse reaction, for example a skin rash. In such circumstances the client can make a claim against you and your business for any distress and medical bills. 

How Can I lower the Cost of Beauty Salon Insurance?

The cost of salon cover is based on a number of factors, some that you have control over and some that you have no control over. Take your post code, if your salon is in a location that has a high level of crime, your premium will be higher than an urban or small town postal code.

  • Security : Making your premises secure will help lower the cost of salon insurance. If you have fitted good quality secure shopfront roller shutters, added additional lighting, installed CCTV or taken any other extra security measures let your broker know as this should help bring down your annual premium.
  • Annual Payment: If you can afford to pay your premium off in one annual lump payment, then most brokers will reward you with a discounted quote. This may not be an option for a new startup and the broker will show flexibility by agreeing to a monthly or a quarterly payment scheme
  • Excess : The excess is the amount that you are personally liable for in any claim. Increasing the excess amount is looked upon favourably by most brokers and should lead to a lower premium. This is great if you do not need to make a claim, but be prepared to lose that amount in the event of a claim. 
  • Compare: Research the cost by getting multiple quotes. This is the first step in finding cheaper quotes, but make sure it gives adequate business cover and the broker has a good reputation in handling claims quickly. This information can easily be found by checking online forums that are dedicated to this sector.

Compare the Cost of Salon Insurance with MultiQuoteTime

Finding the best salon insurance cover can be difficult. One step is to get as many quotes as possible from providers of insurance to this sector. With a good selection of quotes, you can then start comparing the terms and conditions. Working in partnership with QuoteZone a panel of brokers will provide you with insurance quotes, based on your requirements. Click or tap on the Start Quote button, enter some initial details and start receiving multiple quotes today.

Useful links - Insurance Associations

ABI – Association of British Insurers –  The ABI represents over 200 member companies, including most household names and specialist providers, giving peace of mind to customers across the UK

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