Franklands Commercial Insurance Brokers Blog

Innovation is alive and well in the East Midlands

Posted by Andrew Lowe on 21-Jun-2016 14:43:47

Life Science Innovation is recognised as key to the UK’s economic growth.  As a traditional service lead industry Franklands always look forward to the Medilink East Midlands annual Innovation Day to celebrate Life Science development in the East Midlands.  This year the day didn’t disappoint.

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Topics: Lifescience

The Insurance Act 2015 - beware the trip wires

Posted by Paul Brown FCII on 20-Jun-2016 14:29:42

The Glorious Twelfth this year will see the introduction of the greatest change to insurance contract law in this country in over 100 years.  12th August 2016 is the date when the Insurance Act 2015 amends the Marine Insurance Act 1906 and imposes significant new obligations on buyers of business insurance.

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Topics: Insurance Act 2015

George Hardy celebrates graduating at the CII’s Great Hall

Posted by Jade Dimmock on 06-Jun-2016 16:26:12

We are delighted to announce that Franklands’ first young apprentice has graduated from the Brokerbility Academy.  George Hardy has just celebrated passing the Chartered Insurance Institute Accredited Brokerbility Academy Apprenticeship in a graduation ceremony held at the Great Hall of the CII in London, on 27 May 2016.  George was one of 17 young apprentices to receive their qualification as part of the first Brokerbility Academy Programme.

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Topics: Staff

Franklands opens new Burton office

Posted by Paul Brown FCII on 17-May-2016 14:02:58

After spotting a gap in  Burton for the availability of business insurance advice provided by a Chartered Insurance Broker and being community-minded we wanted to announce our arrival on Centrum 100 by showing our support for Burton.

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Topics: Burton

Cracking the Cancer Code

Posted by Kate Slater on 21-Mar-2016 11:29:41

Can you imagine a time when cancer treatments could be personalised to speed up recovery and improve survival rates? This was the scenario described at a recent MediCity www.medicityuk.com fund-raising event for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre based in Nottingham. It would seem that the time is nearer than we might dare to believe. A team of 35 international scientists under the direction of Professor Bob Rees at Nottingham Trent University is pushing the boundaries of cancer research even further http://www.ntu.ac.uk/van_geest/. The Centre’s research programmes in personalised medical treatment, diagnosis and immunotherapy aim to change the lives of cancer patients for ever.

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Topics: Lifescience

Take < ctrl > over cyber attacks

Posted by Paul Brown FCII on 14-Mar-2016 16:33:08

The risk of cyber threats is greater than ever before and barely a day goes by without the media reporting another attack on a major company.  What gets less media attention are similar attacks on SME businesses and yet a recent survey reported that 74% of SME's had experienced an IT security breach

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Topics: cyber liability

Dr Ruth McKearnan on plans to spot the gazelles on the business horizon

Posted by Andrew Lowe on 07-Mar-2016 12:03:15

Where do we find more entrepreneurs with ambition, who are not scared of taking risks and have a long view of business growth? It’s a regular question asked by Dr Ruth McKearnan, chief executive of the government body Innovate UK, and a woman on a mission. If this award-winning bio scientist is allowed the freedom to apply innovation to scale up small to medium enterprises, then it will be a refreshing alternative to the stop-start of previous government business support interventions.

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Topics: Lifescience

Antimicrobial resistance – does the Davos Declaration impact me?

Posted by Andrew Lowe on 23-Feb-2016 16:10:39

If you were coughing your way through early January in the vain hope that a short course of antibiotics will do the trick, think again. It’s now widely recognised that we have over-indulged on the quick-fix antibiotic, and inadvertently contributed to the alarming rise in antimicrobial resistance. Lemon and honey with a few days in bed might be the better prescription, unless of course things take a definitive turn for the worst.

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Topics: Lifescience

How safe is your innovation?

Posted by Andrew Lowe on 08-Feb-2016 14:27:51

It has to be the stuff of nightmares. Years of laborious lab work, scientific papers and funding rounds to get your innovation into the marketplace, when the phone rings. A lawyer representing another company wishes to discuss a possible infringement of patent. Can you make yourself available for a meeting next week? You replace the receiver. Your heart starts to thump and your mind races.

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Topics: Lifescience

Gone Phishing?

Posted by Paul Brown FCII on 20-Jan-2016 15:26:29

With the advent of the internet, e-commerce and increased reliance on technology most businesses, including our own, are now targeted on a seemingly daily basis by external fraudsters.

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Topics: Crime