Bring on 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, KPSol are reflecting on a busy year and looking to the future.

We’ve launched a new website, making it simpler than ever for freelancers and contractors to obtain quotes, access their insurance documents and find helpful information about what cover they need to insure them against risk.

Our team is growing and we’ve made some exciting new appointments in order to better meet the needs of our customers.  We’ve invested heavily in system development to make sure our customers can access their information 24/7 and 2013 will see these investments continuing.

As a result of feedback from our customers, from 2nd January 2013 we’ll be extending our office opening times.  The KPSol Customer Service team will be available from 8.30 – 17.30, Monday to Friday and we’ll continue to talk to our customers to ensure we’re always providing the best service possible.

This will be the last blog post of 2012 but look out for posts about new products, industry awards, prize giveaways, events and more in 2013.

I’d like to take the opportunity of wishing you an enjoyable festive season and a very happy and prosperous New Year.

How Do Freelancers And Contractors Keep In Touch?

Kingsbridge MD, Steve Wynne, tests his reactions at Gastech

It’s been a busy few weeks for KPSol, both in and out of the office.

We’ve been raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness, attending exhibitions and strategy planning for fast approaching 2013.

All of this activity means we’ve been connecting with colleagues, partners and clients more than ever and I’ve been thinking about our Freelancer and Contractor clients who don’t always have the luxury of someone sitting across a desk from them.

So how do Freelancers and Contractors connect with one another?

One sector that appears to be actively encouraging networking amongst its peers is that of the Oil and Gas sector.  What would outwardly appear to be an insular career path is just not so when it comes to Oil and Gas Freelancers and Contractors.  KPSol are regularly invited to attend conferences, events and trade shows within this industry and we were delighted when, on the 8th October, Gastech returned to London after 40 years.

Our stand proved to be a popular installation with the inclusion of a reaction testing machine, used by Formula One teams for driver training.  It wasn’t easy to resist the challenge, as you’ll see from the image of our very own Managing Director, Steve Wynne.

Professor Brian Cox OBE, Research Fellow, Author, Broadcaster, CERN Project & BBC Television had this to say about the conference and exhibition;

“To be able to talk to the people at the cutting edge, you know, you’ve got your people here who are important, influential and employers of people that I and my colleagues in the university sector educate, so for me, that’s a real value.”

However, not all industries hold regular events and what of Freelancers and Contractors working offshore, overseas or those who simply can’t afford to take the time away from their businesses.

Social media is one option but it’s also a hotly debated communication method amongst the business community and this includes Freelancers and Contractors.  One school of thought and the generic advice has been to only connect with those companies that could offer you a contract immediately.  The thinking is that if you are using social media as a marketing tool, then you should only target potential clients and that other connections won’t lead to paid work.

But who knows where your Freelance and Contractor connections could lead?  Today’s entrepreneur may well be the next Steve Jobs or your Freelancer contacts may make the move back into a traditional environment and a position that could provide you with future contracts.

Freelancers have many and varied skills which often complement each other.  Knowing someone you can team up with could make the difference between you winning a contract or not.  Knowing your industry and your peers and keeping a regular dialogue with them also means that you’re first in line when it comes to work referrals.

Of course, like any networking method, relationships take time to develop and if you view social media purely as a method of generating new business you’re likely to become disillusioned fairly rapidly.  But if you’re looking for a way to stay connected to your peers, industry news and for a method of getting a quick and candid opinion, it could well a medium worth exploring.

New Website for Freelancer and Contractor Insurance

We’re always looking for ways to simplify the process of obtaining freelancer and contractor insurance and we think our relaunched website does just that.

With all of the functionality our clients have come to rely on and some exciting new features, we believe you won’t find a simpler way to get cover for your business.  Live chat allows you to connect instantly with a member of our team and our Insurance Guides and FAQs make it easier than ever to get access to the information you need as a Freelancer or Contractor.

Combine this with Instant Quotes and Policy Documents within 10 minutes and you’ll find kpsol.co.uk an invaluable resource.

You can also take advantage of our Price Promise Guarantee and Refer a Friend incentive, making KPSol’s Contractor and Freelancer Insurance Package the best possible cover at the lowest possible price.

We hope you enjoy navigating the new site.  We’re always looking for ways we can improve and we’d love to hear from you if you have any comments.

 

Contractor Insurer attends Ignite! – 9-10 October 2012

Having travelled the world for the last 40 years, this year Gastech is back on home turf at London’s ExCeL.  In 2014 the event moves to Korea so if you haven’t already, book your place now as who knows when it will be back!

Visit KPSol at ignite!
9-10 October 2012

2012 sees an exciting change to the world’s premier gas conference and exhibition with the inclusion of ignite!, the new Energy Recruitment Event taking place alongside Gastech and KPSol will be there.

In partnership with OilCareers.com ignite! is one of the leading Recruitment Shows for the Energy world, supported by influential companies and significant industry bodies. Co-located at Gastech, ignite! will give the foremost oil & gas companies and qualified job seekers the opportunity to meet one another face to face.

That’s where we come in; visit Zubair and Lauren at stand i80 to find out how KPSol can take the pain and confusion out of insurance for freelancers and contractors.  Whether you’re a recruiter or an industry professional who’s looking for contracts we can simply and affordably address what cover a freelancer or contractor should hold and with our price guarantee, we’ll make sure it’s available at the best possible value.

Meet the experts face to face and be ready for a few surprises as we dispel the myth that insurance is dull!

Ignite! Runs alongside Gastech on the 9th and 10th of October and both exhibitions are free to industry professionals.

Kingsbridge Risk Solutions Ltd – Proud to be Chartered Insurance Brokers

Kingsbridge Risk Solutions Ltd have recently been awarded the prestigious Chartered Insurance Brokers designation by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
This is the industry’s gold standard for firms of insurance brokers. It confirms that we have satisfied rigorous qualification criteria by retaining highly-qualified staff who subscribe to the membership conditions of the CII.
It also involves a commitment to continuing professional development and adherence to an industry standard Code of Ethics. You can view the Code at www.cii.co.uk/code.
There are less than 100 Chartered Insurance Brokers in the UK. When you use a Chartered firm you are dealing with proven professionals. The CII is empowered by the Privy Council to award Chartered status, and the award is only made in deserving cases. And while Chartered titles are steeped in history, they remain the benchmark of professional excellence and integrity.
Only the UK’s premier insurance broking firms qualify for Chartered status. If you wish to know more about how using a Chartered firm can ensure you get the best possible advice, service and support, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Note: With over 93,000 members, the CII is the world’s largest professional body dedicated to the insurance, savings and financial services sector.