Lower business insurance for operators using new food-safety tech

Checkit systems at Compass

Foodservice businesses that implement the latest food safety management technology will be able to secure a reduction in their business insurance premiums.

The cost cuts come after a “ground-breaking” partnership announced by Towergate Insurance and food safety technology provider Checkit.

Towergate Insurance is offering the saving to all customers in the foodservice and food manufacturing sectors who implement the Checkit system.

The discount is offered as recognition that businesses using Checkit technology are substantially reducing their risk of liability for safety and hygiene incidents that have financial and legal implications.

“This partnership represents a significant step forward in formally recognising the power of Checkit technology in reducing risks associated with food safety and compliance,” said David Davies, managing director of Cambridge-based Checkit Ltd.

“Our customers across the UK, from small food outlets to national restaurant chains, caterers and food manufacturers, are already experiencing the benefits of replacing manual paper records with a digital system. Our agreement with Towergate Insurance adds an excellent cost-saving to that list of benefits.

“Just as car insurance premiums are reduced for those drivers who accept the installation of a ‘black box’, restaurants can claim similar savings for demonstrating their own commitment to food safety through the implementation of technology.”

Businesses with Checkit’s entry level food system, Checkit Solo, receive a reduction of £60 on their annual business insurance premium, which in effect equates to 25% of the annual cost of Checkit, while businesses using Checkit Professional can save £100 on their annual business premium for each location.

Checkit provides a cloud-based platform for compliance by automating the scheduling, monitoring and recording of daily checks that are required by the Food Standards Agency and enforced by Environmental Health Officers.

Completed tasks are automatically time-stamped and recorded to a secure Cloud account, from which managers have complete visibility of compliance from a user-friendly dashboard and drill down reports.

Additionally, automated temperature monitoring can be incorporated into the same Checkit system, whereby wireless temperature sensors provide continuous readings from fridges and freezers, even during power cuts.

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