Allianz broker research reveals regulation poses biggest risk to UK SMEs

Posted: 5 September 2019

Independent research amongst brokers commissioned by Allianz Insurance found that regulation is the biggest risk currently facing SMEs.

Brokers were asked what their SME customers were reporting as the most worrying risks for their business and they said the top five are:

  • Regulation (59%)
  • Cyber (56%)
  • Data Loss (36%)
  • Brexit (32%)
  • Business Interruption (27%)

Allianz’s broker research found that in addition to looking for traditional insurance risk expertise from Brokers almost half (45%) have been asked by SME clients for advice on non-insurance challenges such as recruitment and training.

According to brokers, based on their discussions with clients they believe the top business challenges currently facing SMEs are cash flow (57%), competition (54%), increasing operational expenses (45%), recruitment (31%) and IT capability (27%).

Helen Bryant, director of SME markets, Allianz Insurance, said: “SMEs continue to operate in a very uncertain environment and our research emphasises the wide range of issues that they are facing.

“New regulations, such as GDPR, are clearly a top concern and the insurance industry can play a key role by sharing the huge amount of expertise we hold in this area. We are keen to work in partnership with brokers by providing technical expertise and knowledge for them to share with their customers.”

She added: “Our research clearly shows that SMEs see brokers as a source of advice and information that goes beyond traditional insurance risk management expertise. In addition to the wealth of expertise available on our new Allianz Risk Management website, we have also shared advice on general business challenges in our Supporting SMEs to Prosper report, which offers some really valuable insight for our broker partners and SME customers.”


The information contained in this press release relates to Allianz Insurance plc. Allianz Insurance plc is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz Group.

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Allianz Holdings plc is the non-regulated holding company which owns the principal insurance operations of Allianz SE in Great Britain.

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The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 100 million* private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing 790 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage 1.7 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we are amongst the leaders in the insurance industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2021, over 150,000 employees achieved total revenues of 148.5 billion euros and an operating profit of 13.4 billion euros for the group.

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