Cyber Liability Claims

Cyber Attack

When you think about cyber attacks, you probably think about the big data breaches. Snapchat. Equifax. The NHS. They might make the headlines, but in reality cyber criminals are targeting small and medium-sized businesses at a rapid clip.

Why? Smaller businesses are seen as easier targets, but they’re also often used as stepping stones to the larger organisations they invariably work with.

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Increase in Cyber Attacks Continues

Cyber Attacks

We’ve spoken about the prevalence of cyber attacks on these pages before. As we become ever more reliant on digital platforms, we leave ourselves more and more susceptible to the possibility of having our data breached.

Whether it’s a hallowed institution like the NHS or a corporate monolith like Snapchat seems to make little difference. The only prerequisite for becoming a target is inadequate protection and preparation.

We build our houses on firm foundations and plan our skyscrapers down to the final millimetre, but there are always flaws. The digital world, a superstructure of infinite proportions, is no different. As hard as we try there will always be a backdoor or an exploit somewhere waiting to be found.

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Bring your Dog to Work Day

Kingsbridge Puppy

The cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said that “happiness is a warm puppy.” He wasn’t wrong. Multiple studies have proven that bringing a dog to work helps to significantly reduce stress. It can also increase employee satisfaction, improve morale, and promote an atmosphere of teamwork and communication. Most importantly, however, dogs are just really cute.

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Kingsbridge announces the appointment of James Twining as Group Chief Executive

Kingsbridge James Twining

Kingsbridge Group, the UK’s leading provider of specialist insurance services to contractors, freelancers and the recruitment and utilities industries, has appointed James Twining as its Group Chief Executive with immediate effect.

Most recently, James was Group Commercial Director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc (JLT), a role encompassing group strategy, M&A and marketing.  During his time there, James also acted as Chairman and Chief Executive of its former Thistle subsidiary.  James joined JLT in 2011 from McKinsey & Co. and was appointed to its main Board in 2012.

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Awards Season

Award Nominations

Although it might feel like it’s here already, it doesn’t officially become autumn until 22nd September. For us, it’s a time of year full of competition, ceremony and celebration. The vast majority of our industry awards take place between September and December, and we’ll be attending a few this time around.

Customers have always been the cornerstone of Kingsbridge, the strong foundation on which our business is built. Although we’re always delighted to pick up nominations for our business and the products we offer, it’s the nominations we receive for customer service that mean the most to us.

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4 must-know tips from seasoned freelancers

Freelancer Advice

If you’re new to freelancing or contracting and you’re after some advice from seasoned professionals then today’s your lucky day!

We recently took some time to gather a few of the best tips a new freelancer or contractor could possibly wish for.

We spoke to a number of contractors and freelancers who have all been there and done it. Read on for their advice.

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4 things no one tells you about becoming a freelancer

Freelancing Tips

Thinking of taking your career into your own hands? If you’re toying with the idea of becoming a contractor or freelancer, there are a few things that are useful to know before you start. Read on below and see if it’s still the career for you!

You actually don’t need much money to start

To start freelancing you don’t need a whole load of money, but you do need bags of passion and enough time to invest in your new business. Time has to be spent on building yourself a presence and being driven enough to submit proposal after proposal, even when you get knocked back time and time again. Passion certainly conquers all in this game and if you’re doing what you love, it’ll keep you interested and motivated to always do better.

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The Whole Shebang

The Whole Shebang

Let’s face it – this isn’t the best time of the year. We’ve just had our last bank holiday for quite a while and it seems summer is well and truly over.

But all is not lost. Have you been thinking about purchasing insurance with Kingsbridge recently? If so we’ve got something that might help you make that decision.

For two days only, on Wednesday 30 August and Thursday 31 August, we’re offering one last post-bank holiday blowout.

Buy our standard cover we’ll still give you a £25 Amazon voucher. If you buy our standard policy, plus our legal expenses and cyber liability products, it gets even better. We’ll give you a £50 Amazon voucher as a thank you.

Qualifying for this promotion is easy. All you need to do is complete your purchase before 11.59pm on 31 August 2017.

To purchase your cover with Kingsbridge, just call us on 01242 808740. It’s easy to buy online too – simply click right here.

Terms & Conditions

1. The rewarding of voucher codes is subject to a 14 day cooling off period.

2. This offer is available in conjunction with any other discount or promotional offer.

3. Offer runs from 6pm 29 August 2017 to 11.59pm 31 August 2017.

4. Purchases made online and over the phone are both included.

The Future of Contracting

iContract Kingsbridge

We asked our good friends at iContract to put together a blog post for us on their platform and how it fits in with the future of contracting. Read on below for more!

It was recently reported that by 2020 50% of the UK working population will be self-employed. A quite staggering prediction, but also inspiring knowing that many people in today’s workforce want to enjoy the many benefits that come with working for yourself.

Giving evidence to this statistical claim is the rise of contracting. Contracting is proving to be a popular career choice for many, particularly in the financial and tech sectors. Despite being an industry that has experienced its fair share of headlines this year with changes to IR35, the Government u-turn over National Insurance contributions, and the ongoing Brexit debate, contracting still shows no signs of slowing down. It has been reported that the traditionally slower months of summer are still showing a healthy demand when it comes to hiring contractors this year.

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