As featured in Insurance Times’s December issue, Chris Andrews, head of risk management solutions at insurer Aviva, flags the key concerns brokers will need to consider at year end and what facets should be a central focus

The end of 2020 will see the culmination of events that have the very real potential of hitting businesses very hard.

As we move into new phases of lockdown and head towards Brexit, we need to ensure the industry’s focus remains on protecting key assets: our people, our property and our business resilience.

Coupled with the move into the festive period and battling the weather, currently being forecast as the coldest for many years, we all need to be cognisant of the impacts this can and will have; we must ensure we work to prevent incidents from occurring in the first place and mitigate and respond effectively if they do.

Chris Andrews - Aviva Expert View Dec 2020

Chris Andrews, Aviva 

The pandemic has seen many changes in the way businesses operate, driven by the need to protect their future.

These changes bring in new risks that need to be understood and managed, which is increasingly difficult when these changes are introduced at pace – a pace driven by the constantly changing world around us.

At the same time, understanding how your business will operate safely in the run up to Brexit, post-Brexit and Christmas, as well as the demands that this time of year brings, has never been more important.

To help brokers in navigating that path, we want to ensure you have the right information to hand. All our prevention advice, including the latest standards on supply chain management, Brexit and our latest winter risk management guide can be found on our new risk solutions website.

This current situation and culmination of events presents us with the most serious of challenges, the likes of such that many, if not all of us, will have never experienced before nor wish to experience again.

If it has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected, learn from what has been endured, hope for the best but at the least be prepared for the worst. With the latest news on vaccines, there is light and we hope for a much brighter 2021. But, we all need to be prepared for whatever comes next.