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Protecting independent businesses
on and off the high street

No admin fees, cancellation fees or broker fees

Our dedicated UK-based call centre is on hand to deal with any quotes, questions or claims

Owned by our Members, not by shareholders

Interest-free instalments on any payment option; what we quote is what you pay

Join over 5,000 Members who are independent business owners on and off the high street

What type of cover are you looking for?

At The Retail Mutual we have used our years of expertise and knowledge to provide a range of adaptable cover solutions. These covers protect thousands of Members representing over 100 different trade types providing them with support, security and peace of mind in times of crisis.


As a proud retailer or shop owner it is essential to have the right type of cover in place for all eventualities. Our retail business cover is perfectly crafted for any demanding independent business on or off the high street. Whether you own a convenience store, a stylish hair salon or a fabulous florist, The Retail Mutual provides cover for independent businesses.

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It doesn’t matter if you own a high-end restaurant or a little greasy spoon café, we have a catering business cover solution for the majority types of food and drink business es. Our cover will put your mind at ease, giving you the right protection against the types of risk that could occur when you run a catering business. Regardless of if you are a cosy coffee shop or a busy takeaway, our catering business cover will give you less time to worry and more time to cook.

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Our home cover offers you protection for your house, flat or dwelling, it also covers your personal possessions such as furniture, valuables or entertainment equipment. Our home cover fits with your needs and can protect your home from a wide range of incidents, including accidental damage, provide alternative accommodation, replace locks or cover the cost for repairs.

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As a landlord you may have a string of residential properties in your portfolio or perhaps you rent out a cosy 1-bed flat, either way our landlord cover can help protect and safeguard your investment. The Retail Mutual can offer cover for and not limited to a host of events that could occur, such as buildings and contents cover against accidental damage for fire, lightning, flood and storm damage.

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As a business owner you never know what lies ahead the same could be said about your health too. The Retail Mutual have teamed up with Westfield Health to provide you with access to affordable health cash plans for a small monthly cost.

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The Retail Mutual has team up with Westfield Health to give you access to prompt private treatment near you and covers most surgical procedures at an affordable price.

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Protecting Independent Retailers Since 1999

We are The Retail Mutual

As a Mutual you won’t find us on comparison sites.

The Retail Mutual was created over 20 years ago when a group of news and convenience store owners joined forces to create their very own mutual as an alternative to insurance companies, to provide them with the specific type of cover they needed as busy high-street retailers.

Since then, The Retail Mutual has used its years of extensive experience and knowledge to perfect a range of business cover solutions for over 100 different trade types. We offer all the benefits of being part of a self-sufficient discretionary mutual, while reflecting the fundamentals of insurance, such as offering support, security, peace of mind and financial protection for you, your employees and your business.

About Us

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Being part of Discretionary Mutual

When you take our cover, you become a Member and pay a contribution to the Mutual fund.

If you or another Member have to make a claim, the contributions in the Mutual’s funds are used to cover the cost of the claim.

Sometimes a claim falls outside the agreed cover limits or agreed terms. Usually this  means the claim will be rejected but in the case of a discretionary mutual, this decision can be appealed to the Claims Committee.

The Claims Committee acts on behalf of all the Mutual Members. The Committee considers everything when making their decision. They can decide to pay the claim or uphold the original claim decision.

Discretionary Mutual Model

To us, you’re not just another customer; when you take out cover with us you become a Member of The Retail Mutual and join our supportive independent business community. Your financial contribution supports other businesses needing to claim for accidents or unforeseen events, and in the same way their contribution helps you in your time of need. Unlike insurance providers, at The Retail Mutual we offer discretionary cover, which means we can take a slightly different approach when it comes to claims handling.

We can provide a range of different cover options

The Retail Mutual can offer a variety of cover options with the right cover limits to suit your individual and business needs. These include:

  • Public Liability Cover
  • Employers’ Liability Cover
  • Stock Cover
  • Contents Cover
  • Buildings Cover
  • Business Interruption Cover

What we cover

Many unforeseen incidents can happen when you are running a business, even with all the right preventative measures in place. Being prepared for the worst will keep you one step ahead and help you get back on track after an incident has occurred.
These are just some of the incidents that we could potentially cover you for at The Retail Mutual:

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The Retail Mutual has created an in-depth Risk Assessment guide to help you be more aware of the everyday risks that can impact you, your customers, your staff and your business.

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What our Members have to say

Make a claim

We know how important it is to get your business back up and running after an unexpected event. This is why our dedicated UK-based claims team is on hand to help you through your claim process. Our experienced team will do whatever they can to resolve your claim as quickly and efficiently as possible, freeing you up to focus on getting your business back on its feet.

If you wish to make a claim, please visit our page here

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Get a quote and become a Member today

If you are tired of your existing provider or are interested in an alternative to insurance companies, then why not become a Member of The Retail Mutual? Get covered today for your business, home or rental property by calling 0333 2121 280.

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Maintaining your business premises as a property owner or landlord

As a local shop, newsagent or convenience store owner, it is important to make sure your building is regularly maintained. Cutting back on maintenance costs may seem like a way…