As a business in Scotland, under UK law you must have:
- Employer liability insurance to cover compensation and legal costs if an employee suffers work-related injury or illness
- Third-party motor insurance if you use vehicles in the UK
Although not required, most businesses have other insurance cover in place for protection. This may include:
- Business insurance for your premises, including regular inspection and safety certifications of plant, machinery and electrical installations
- The right type of liability insurance to cover legal costs for areas like intellectual property infringement, service failure and unfair dismissal
Getting the required insurance is important. Businesses and individuals face harsh penalties and can be fined thousands of pounds every day they are not properly insured.
Other insurance to consider
There are other types of insurance that are not legally required for your business but you may wish to consider for your business. These include things like product liability, personal indemnity, group travel and personal accident insurance.
You can find out more about types of insurance for your business on mygov.scot.