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Author Archives: Kevin Kerridge

What Your Small Business Can Learn from the Olympics

Don’t get blind-sided when it comes to protecting your business. I have to say that the Brits managed to deliver an incredible opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games – and, so far, have managed to keep this standard going. There have been those who are surprised (Mr. Romney….) but I am not. The Brit’s […]

Starting a Small Business Takes Heart, Courage and Brains

Last week my children persuaded me to take them to go and see the musical, The Wizard of Oz. With theatre ticket prices as they are, it’s always an expensive outing so I was delighted to extract some extra value from the experience from a business perspective. Those of you that are familiar with the […]

The Ultimate Professional

Everyone makes mistakes – liability insurance can help protect your business when mistakes happen. It was inappropriate. But I just couldn’t help a wry smile to myself. I was reading my weekend New York paper when I saw the story about how a master illusionist and well known magician in Great Britain had managed to […]

13 Types of Insurance Small Businesses Should Consider

In a recent article by the Small Business Authority they outlined 13 types of insurance that a small business should consider. Clearly some – like auto and workers comp – aren’t up for consideration, they’re usually required. However, general liability insurance was listed as number 1 and professional liability insurance as number 6. In my […]

Hiscox France Launches Small Business Insurance TV Campaign

As an Englishman, albeit one that’s been adopted by New York, you wouldn’t expect much praise to come from me when it comes to the French. As close neighbors in Europe we ‘have history’. Centuries ago we had frequent wars between us – but in recent times things have been much more civilized with any […]

An Englishman in New York

We’ve just released a wide-ranging report comparing and contrasting the mood and behaviors of entrepreneurs in the US and Europe. Being an Englishman myself, adopted by the US last decade and living in New York, it reminded me of that famous George Bernard Shaw quote “England & America are two countries separated by a common […]

Thanksgiving: From Tech to Turkey

A thank you to our Hiscox small business insurance customers This weekend, while flicking through 1,997 cable channels to find something half watchable, I stumbled upon a Fox News interview with Sandra (Sandy) Lerner. She was the founder of Cisco Systems, over the years moving through various entrepreneurial ventures finally ending up running her own […]

The Marshmallow Shooter

The benefit of being a unique small business Like many of you, travel in my job is a necessity. For me it’s largely short-hops between our Headquarters in New York City and our service center in Virginia Beach, VA.  I hate to spend too much time in a sterile corporate HQ, when our Virginia Beach office […]

Top mistakes for small business startups

Remember Donald Rumsfeld’s infamous comments about “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”? He left many people scratching their heads but I reckon a lot of entrepreneurs can have some sympathy with Rummy. After all, when a problem hits, which small business owner hasn’t wanted to smack their forehead with their palm because they knew “I should […]

Don’t have the ‘million dollar’ original small business idea?

Don’t worry, most start-up businesses build on an existing product or service When starting up, you don’t have to think up a killer new idea. In a recent survey we discovered that 77% of new startups we surveyed were not based on original ideas, but had simply fine-tuned an existing one. None of them, however, were […]

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