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Welcome to our July newsletter!

We hope our latest newsletter finds you all safe and well. We can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! July has been yet another busy month for Vasek.

As usual, we are grateful for the support you provide us in continuing to grow as a specialist property insurance provider. We’ve put together the following highlights and updates to keep you informed of current events:
Business Update
Nothing has changed since our June newsletter, so we wanted to provide you with the following reminder:
  • Our residential property insurance unoccupancy period has been extended until lockdown restrictions are lifted. 
  • The standard commercial and residential unoccupied property inspection requirements are also extended until lockdown restrictions are lifted.
  • We still do not need to be notified of the change in circumstances if a commercial property has become unoccupied due to COVID-19 restrictions but will re-open once these restrictions are lifted. However, if the property is unoccupied due to a change in use, this would be classed as business as usual and so we would expect to be notified of this change.
Updated Product Guide
Our Product Guide has been edited and the new version is now available to view and download from our website.

Thanks to all who visited our booth at Broker Extra, it was great to finally catch up with everyone again and also make some new connections.
We found time to sit in on a few of the panel sessions. It was interesting to hear the discussion about how COVID-19 has affected other companies, with many stating how working from home will likely become a popular choice for many employees from now on.
In the talk ‘A Digital Divide?’, the idea of remote working was also present, as it was discussed that more business has unsurprisingly been driven through websites in recent months. This has highlighted the need to have up-to-date and efficient web systems in place.
The session on ‘Where Did the Industry Get to with Diversity and Inclusion Prior to Lockdown?’ served as a great reminder for us all to keep working to make improvements. Gareth Mutema, Senior Account Handler at Churchill Insurance Consultants Ltd, summarised it well by saying that changes are taking place but at a slow pace. Diversity and inclusion are important to all of us at Vasek, and so we will continue to encourage improvements in the industry wherever possible.
Johnny Timpson, Group Chair at DWP Disability Champion for Insurance and Access to Insurance Working, went on to say that we should “embrace flexible working” to improve diversity and inclusion in all workplaces.
New Postcode Feature
Our quote form now has the option to search for an address by postcode to provide a more efficient way to obtain a quote for your clients.
LiveChat Update
We have seen an increase in people using this feature to contact us, so we appreciate you bearing with us whilst we work through everyone who is in need of assistance.

We have reviewed the traffic statistics again for LiveChat on our website over the last month and now have an updated indication of when the best times can be to get in touch*. 
    *Information correct as at 13/07/2020
Feedback Prize Draw
Thanks to everyone who took the time to provide us with feedback. We assigned each entry a number and used Google’s random number generator to pick a winner of our £30 Amazon voucher…
Congratulations, Leon McClelland of Chambers Insurance, we hope you enjoy your prize!
As usual, thanks for your time and support.

All the best,

Vasek Insurance
This note is not intended to give legal or financial advice, and, accordingly, it should not be relied upon for such. It reflects underwriter’s position as at 20/07/2020 but you will recognise that matters concerning COVID-19 are fast changing across the world and we may issue further guidance in time. This note has been prepared for Vasek Insurance’s broker clients and should not be distributed to any third party. Should you require advice about specific insurance arrangements or specific claim circumstances, please get in touch with your representative at Vasek Insurance.
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Vasek Insurance is the trading name of Vasek Insurance Services Limited. Vasek Insurance Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number: 309354. Registered Office: The Walbrook Building, 25 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AW. Registered in England & Wales. Company Number: 3620776. Vasek Insurance Services Limited is part of the Gallagher group of companies.

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