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BRIGANTIA  OPINION


Mind the gap


This month, Iain Shaw talks about the availability of state funding for getting care homes connected and the importance of insurance coverage...


“At Brigantia we have been making sure all our English members know about the £12 million worth of ‘Get Connected’ funding currently being offered to neighbourhood care homes through the state quango SCIE”


I HAVE HAD another interesting month of feedback after my article about leasing and insurance last month. At Brigantia we have been making sure all our English members know about the £12 million worth of 'Get Connected' Government grant funding currently being offered to neighbourhood care homes through the state quango SCIE. Well it would appear that now nearly £2 million has been awarded from the available funds, but that not all the care home applicants have received offers of full funding due to tight restrictions. The good news though is that many Brigantia members are the preferred suppliers to the care homes in their areas which have been awarded some grant funding, and more are also being accepted onto the Suppliers Directory each month.


What Brigantia members have been asking me this month is if they can use leasing to fund the gap between what the care homes asked for and what they have been awarded. Well the good news is yes and that care homes are generally regarded as good leasing risks as they usually have strong property backed balance sheets. So the advice we have been giving Brigantia


members is to talk to our associate leasing provider Johnson Reed and to ask them to help clear the care homes concerned for the necessary funding. Johnson Reed have also made available a simple to use Brigantia lease funding calculator that members can access easily from within the Brigantia portal. All a Brigantia member needs to do


is to put in the amount of funding required to fill the gap and the calculator works out the monthly leasing payments ready to quote to the care home. A proposal form can also be downloaded. We are also advising Brigantia members to revisit their original quotes and to make sure that the care homes have covered their entire ICT refresh and upgrade requirements.


TOTAL COVERAGE Insurance has also thrown up some interesting feedback during the month, but unfortunately mainly disaster stories along the lines of 'it could only happen to an indie computer solution provider’. I can only underline what I said last month – that it is vital to look closely at your insurance policy documents to make sure that you have the coverage you need. It is often not a case of the person who sold you the policy deliberately misleading you, but more a case of them not understanding why your business is different from a standard shop policy. Insurance is something you turn to a time of disaster and you need to be certain you are covered. At Brigantia


we are recommending that all our members have an audit undertaken of their


existing policies by our associate


insurance providers Allied Westminster Insurance Services.


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CONTACT IAIN SHAW  pcr@brigantia.com  0871 703 4280  www.brigantia.com


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