I want to ride my bicycle… | Wilson Organisation


November 10, 2020

I want to ride my bicycle…

I want to ride my bicycle…

One of the big changes seen since the start of the pandemic has been the number of people getting on their bike – whether that’s to enjoy a safe commute, keep fit and healthy or to enjoy leisurely rides with the family. During the second lockdown, even the weather doesn’t seem to have dampened the spirit of cyclists.

But how many of us have checked our bike is detailed on our home insurance policy, or registered our new bike?

Bicycle shops were some of the busiest in the country during lockdown, between April and June alone bicycle sales increased by 63% year-on-year and at the end of July, the Government launched the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme too.

With the Government actively encouraging everyone to get on their bike, keeping them safe and secure is an ongoing challenge. BikeRegister has seen a ‘significant spike’ in bike thefts – up by over 50% in July compared to last year.

Thieves are now targeting the thousands of new bikes bought during the last few months, alongside those expensive bikes that aren’t usually used for commuting or a trip to the shops. The need for quality locks and security marking your bike is greater now than it has ever been. These two simple steps will help deter thieves from targeting your bike if it is left unattended.

So what can you do to make sure your bike stays safe and you find it where you left it?

  • Insure your bike, or check it’s detailed on your home insurance policy
  • Buy a safe and reliable lock
  • Register your bike at The Bike Register – www.bikeregister.com
  • Take photos of your bike
  • Lock your bike where it’s visible on CCTV
  • ALWAYS lock your bike – even if it’s in a garage or on your car/van

Bicycles are automatically covered under many High Net Worth and Executive Home policies, as long as they are secured when left unattended, but it’s always advisable to check your policy and the cover limits.

To notify us of a claim if your bike is stolen, call your usual contact in our Private Client Team. BikeRegister also gives advice on what you should do if you unfortunately become a victim of bike theft.

Over 100 years of innovation

  • 1914

    A successful launch! The Wilson Organisation was founded in Nottingham by Harold Wilson and became the first company in the East Midlands to offer a comprehensive insurance policy to the region’s fast-growing band of automobile drivers. Innovation from day one.

  • 1920s

    During the 1920’s, Wilsons developed its commercial insurance offering under the stewardship of Harold Wilson. Hopping forwards 80 years, Wilsons has developed a number of industry specialisms including a particular expertise in the food and drink sector. We created a unique insurance offering called “FoodProtect” and, through this service, have been able to deliver intelligence and cost-effective insurance programmes to a broad spread of leading food producers. The best thing since sliced bread? Maybe not, but we’re working on it.

  • 1949

    John Prow joined Harold Wilson in the business, marking the first generation of the Prow family’s involvement in The Wilson Organisation. Wilsons’ clients included leading Nottingham firm Boots The Chemist plus a number of operators in the burgeoning railway sector. With post-war regeneration beginning apace, the firm’s fledgling construction expertise quickly developed into one of our leading offerings and this continues through to the present day, with clients including national and regional builders, developers, contractors, sub-contractors and architects.

  • 1960s

    The 1960s were the start of a new era for The Wilson Organisation. Harold Wilson and John Prow died on the same day in 1963, Harold of illness and John in a car crash. This left John’s son, John J Prow, to run the growing business at the age of 27. Under his youthful direction, Wilsons benefited from a new energy and direction. John J Prow, who had joined in 1960 in a new business role, led the move into our current premises at Wilson House in 1964 and then launched the financial services division in the following year.

  • 1990s

    The late 1990s heralded the start of the third generation of the Prow family’s involvement in the business. Managing Director Charlotte Prow joined in 1998, to be followed by the firm’s Chief Executive, Annabel Prow, in 2002. Product and service innovation continued apace with the launch of a corporate finance specialism in 1997, which continues to deliver valuable cost-savings and insights to the region’s dealmakers.

  • 2000s

    Now century on from the launch of The Wilson Organisation in 1914, the company continues to encourage innovation and reward good ideas. Within the financial services team, 2008 marked the launch of “Flex”, a powerful employee benefit programme and the development of “WRAP”, an investment tool with a unique level of investor control and transparency. Meanwhile, our insurance advisers worked quickly to bring to market a specialist insurance policy for insolvency practitioners.

  • 2010s

    2010 saw the launch of the Midlands Family Business Awards by Wilsons, the UK’s only independent not-for-profit Awards for family businesses. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have raised almost £20,000 for charities supporting families and young people. In 2014 we are celebrating Wilsons’ centenary, a significant milestone in Wilsons’ history.

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