December 12, 2011 19:00 ET

Swinton Commercial Advises Businesses to Make Sure They Are Covered for Rowdy Office Parties

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2011) - With most employers getting ready to treat their staff to some well deserved Christmas cheer at a local bar or restaurant - tis the season to be merry, but what happens when too much Christmas cheer sees the party take a turn for the worst? And what happens if it's on your premises?

As the party season gets underway, Swinton Commercial is warning businesses owners to make sure they are covered for any damages that may result from too much alcohol-laden cheer as December 25 fast approaches.

Smashed glasses, damaged furniture and broken windows might be the least of your problems this winter, if customers get out of control during the annual staff social. Personal injury caused by out of control employees could also mean a serious dint in your pocket if you don't have the correct cover, says Swinton Commercial. Business owners are advised to check their public liability and contents insurance to make sure they are covered for any problems that may occur.

Swinton Commercial recommends:

  • Make sure you have enough staff on hand to deal with larger numbers of customers, including increased security staff, in case things get out of control
  • Serve drinks in plastic cups where possible
  • Make sure that the smoking area is a nice place to be, so people aren't tempted to light up inside
  • Set a maximum bar tab limit to discourage excessive drinking
  • Don't be afraid to deny someone another drink

Jolene Shaw, Technical Referral Advisor at Swinton Commercial, said: "It's important to be aware of the potential risks that too much Christmas merriment could bring to your business. Checking your public liability insurance and business contents insurance is essential before opening your doors to a staff shindig."

For more information, contact Mairead Rodden, Geraldine Vesey or Anna Goulding at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunicatons.co.uk

About Swinton Commercial:

As the UK's fastest-growing commercial insurance broker, Swinton Commercial has the expertise and industry knowledge to provide you with highly competitive business insurance that's tailored to your needs.

With 33 branches across the UK, including 19 regional centres, Swinton Commercial has quickly established itself as the UK's local broker, offering a dedicated team of advisors with specialist industry knowledge in all sectors.

Your local Commercial Account Executive has an in-depth understanding of the insurance market in your area and will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you, taking the time to thoroughly understand your business and its specific requirements.

We cater for most types of business - from small start-ups to well-established organisations, comparing quotes from leading UK insurers to find you the right level of insurance, at the right price.

What's more, our award-winning offering has over 75,000 business customers - and we're growing fast.

Visit www.swintoncommercial.co.uk for more information or call 0800 995 1800.

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