Unicom Insurance Services is a trading style of One Sure Insurance Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Our FCA register number is 447730. Our permitted business is advising, arranging, dealing as agent and assisting in the administration, performance of general insurance contracts and credit broking. You can check on the FCA’s register by visiting the FCA’s website www.fca.gov.uk/register.
The capacity in which we act for you
We act as an insurance intermediary, not an insurer. We will usually act on your behalf when arranging your insurances, when helping you make any changes to your policy, when you renew your insurance and in the event of a claim.
If there are any circumstances where we act as an agent of the insurer, we will let you know the capacity in which we act before we finalise your insurance arrangements.
Our role is to advise you and, after we have assessed your needs, to provide you with a personal recommendation explaining why the product recommended best meets your requirements. Where we can offer the availability of an instalment facility in order to pay the insurance premium by regular payments, we do not offer advice or make personal recommendations in relation to this, but we may ask some questions to narrow down the selection of options available, you will then need to make your own choice about how to proceed.
In situations where we are able to arrange insurance for you but do not offer advice, we will confirm the position in writing, this is usually where you have purchased a policy from us online.
Scope of service including our product range and the range of insurers used
We will not in any circumstances act as an insurer nor guarantee or warrant the solvency of any insurer. Our duty of care is solely to our customers, who are the only persons able to rely upon, or may be affected by, any advice provided by us. We will not take responsibility for anyone else acting upon advice that has not been provided to them directly from us.
We select your insurance from the following panel:
Complaints and compensation
It is our intention to provide you with the highest level of customer service at all times, however, if you are not satisfied, please contact our Complaints Officer via one of the following options:
When dealing with your complaint, we will follow our complaint handling procedures; a summary of which is available on request. If you still remain not satisfied, you may refer the matter to the Financial Ombudsman Service who can be contacted on 0800 023 4567 or via their website which is www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk and will take on cases from anyone considered to be an ‘eligible complainant.’
An ‘eligible complainant*’ is:
*The definition of an eligible complainant is set by the Financial Conduct Authority
We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim. If you are eligible to claim from the FSCS, compensation is available in relation to insurance advising and arranging as follows:
Further information about the compensation scheme arrangements is available from the FSCS online at www.fscs.org.uk.
We normally receive commission from insurers or product providers, typically this is from 5%-20%. If you wish to know, you may ask us to confirm the exact amount applicable to your policy. We act as a credit broker and offer introductions to Close Brothers Premium Finance to facilitate the payment of your premiums. We may receive commission for this which is typically 15.45%. Any commission we receive will be paid by the insurer or product provider from the insurance premium and Any commission we receive from the premium finance provider will be paid from the finance repayment.
We do not charge any additional fees (payable by you) for handling your insurance or arranging premium finance unless we have agreed these with you in advance. Any fees we do charge are set out below:
We collect and hold money as agent of the insurance undertaking (Risk Transfer). All monies collected are deemed to be held by the insurer with whom we have placed you with.
If you find a cheaper quotation within 48 hours, subject to written proof being sent to us; to show the quotation is on a like for like basis, you can cancel the policy with a full refund.
You should make any request for the cancellation of a policy to the contact details included within this terms of business either by letter, email or phone. If your insurance policy is cancelled, either by us or if requested by yourself a cancellation fee of £85.00 will be levied against all policies unless you are replacing your policy through our agency. No fees previously charged by us will be refundable. In addition to the charges levied by us, the terms of your policy may allow insurers to retain the premium in full or to charge short-period premiums in the event of cancellation. Please refer to your insurance policy wording for the terms for your particular policy. Please note that we do not provide any refund for any legal assistance packages sold, unless this is within the 14-day cooling off period. You will be required to pay any debit balance. If you fail to settle a debit balance promptly, we will use any credit/debit card details that you have previously authorised us to use, in order to settle the balance.
If you arrange insurance with us and pay by monthly direct debit, credit or debit card then for your convenience and protection, where possible we will automatically renew your insurance policies (unless you inform us otherwise). We will write to you before your policy renewal date to remind you of this and to let you know what the revised payments will be. If you are paying instalments via direct debit your first payment will be taken within 14 days of your renewal date. If you previously paid in full by debit or credit card, then your payment will be taken in full by any debit or credit card that you previously authorised us to use up to 14 days prior to your renewal date. We will write to you to confirm if we are unable to take the payment. If we have been unable to take the payment once you reach your renewal date, your policy will not be renewed, and your insurance cover will cease. If we are unable to offer you this service, then we will write to you to confirm alternative payment methods. For the avoidance of doubt, acceptance of these terms of business constitutes contractual acceptance of this auto renewal process and any consequential renewed policies.
Subject to your immediate settlement of any outstanding premiums and fees, you may instruct us to stop acting for you and we will not impose a penalty. Your instructions must be given in writing and will take effect from the date of receipt. In circumstances where we feel we cannot continue providing services to you, we will give you a minimum of 7 days’ notice. Valid reasons may include, but are not limited to, non-payment of premium or fees, failure to provide requested documentation or information, deliberate failure to comply with terms set out within the terms of business or insurer documentation, deliberate misrepresentation or non-disclosure or attempted fraud, use of threatening or abusive behaviour or language, or intimidation or bullying of our staff or suppliers.
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, if our relationship ends, any transactions previously initiated will be completed according to these terms of business. You will be liable to pay for any transaction concluded prior to the end of our relationship and we will be entitled to retain commission received for conducting these transactions, together with all fees charged by us for services provided.
It is your responsibility to provide complete and accurate information, which insurers require in connection with any proposal for insurance cover. This is particularly important before taking out a policy, making a mid-term alteration and at renewal, but also applies throughout the life of the policy. You need to ensure that you answer any questions we may ask of you accurately and to the best of your knowledge, failure to do so could result in any potential claims not being paid out by the insurer.
If you are a commercial customer, you have a duty to give a fair presentation of the risk to the insurer. This means you should disclose every material circumstance relevant to the risk being insured following a reasonable search within your business to identify and verify such information. This should include information which you and where applicable your senior management, persons responsible for arranging your insurance or other relevant third parties know or ought to know and should include all information that would influence the judgment of the insurer or that would out the insurer on notice that it needs to make further enquiries.
Examples of material circumstances are:
Failure to provide a “fair representation” may result in a number of remedies by the insurer. If the breach was deliberate or reckless the insurer can void the contract and keep the premium. If the breach was not deliberate or reckless the insurer can void the contract, proportionately reduce a claim settlement or amend the insurance policy terms and review the merits of a claim on this basis.
You should therefore check all the details on any proposal form or statement of fact and pay particular attention to any declaration that you may be asked to sign. You should read all insurance documents issued to you and ensure that you are aware of the cover, limits and other terms that apply. Particular attention should be paid to any warranties and conditions as failure to comply with them could invalidate your policy. You should take a note of the required procedures in the event of a claim, which will be stated in the policy documentation. Generally, insurers require immediate notification of a claim or circumstances that might lead to a claim. You should inform us immediately of any circumstances that may affect the services provided by us or the cover provided by your policy.
If you are unsure about any matter, please contact us for guidance.
In your dealings with us you may provide us with information that may include data that is known as personal data. Where we process personal data, we comply with statutory data processing requirements as set out by the Data Protection Act 2018. The personal data we will collect will include information relating to your name, address, date of birth, criminal offences, your health and contact details.
We will process your personal data to allow us to provide you with our services as your insurance broker in quoting for, arranging and administering your insurances and premium finance. Your personal data will also be used to manage future communications between ourselves. Where you have agreed, or in circumstances where to do so will be in our mutual interests, your personal data will be used to provide you with further information about our wider products and services.
In processing personal data for insurance purposes about health and criminal offences, we will only do so to enable us to provide our service to you and on the basis of it being in the public interest.
The Data Protections Act 2018 provides you with Access Rights that allow you to gain an understanding on the data being processed, who we share it with, for what purposes, why we need to retain it and our retention periods, to object to the processing and to place restrictions on the processing, to request copies of your data and to request the deletion of your data.
If you require further information on how we process your data or you wish to exercise your rights, please contact our Data Privacy Representative.
How we process your personal data is detailed further within our Privacy Notice.
We and other firms involved in arranging your insurance, may use public and personal data from a variety of sources including credit reference agencies and other organisations. The information is used to help tailor a price, to ascertain the most appropriate payment options for you and to help prevent fraud. Any credit reference search may appear on your credit report whether or not your application proceeds.
Occasions can arise where one of our associated companies, clients or product providers will have a conflict of interest with business being transacted for you. If this happens and we become aware that a potential conflict exists, we will write to you and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions and detail the steps we will take to ensure fair treatment.
You should take note of the required procedures in the event of a claim, which will be explained in the policy documentation. Generally, insurers require immediate notification of a claim or circumstances which might lead to a claim. We will employ due care and skill if we act on your behalf in respect of a claim. If we act on behalf of an insurer in negotiating and settling claims, we will inform you that we will be acting on behalf of the insurer, not yourself, before your insurance arrangements are concluded and again at the point of claim.
I/We understand the contents of this application and agree that the statements in this application shall form the contract between Unicom Insurance Services and myself/ourselves.
We One Sure Insurance Ltd (also referred to as “we”, “us”, or “our”) are a registered company in England (Company no. 05649077). Our registered address is Spitfire House 142-154 Congleton Road, Talke, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST7 1LX. One Sure Insurance also trade as Compare HGV, Spitfire Insurance, Staveley Head, Unicom Insurance Services, and Insurance4Motor Trade.
This Notice is designed to help you understand what kind of information we collect in connection with our products and services and how we will process and use this information. In the course of providing you with products and services we will collect and process information that is commonly known as personal data.
This Notice describes how we collect, use, share, retain and safeguard personal data.
This Notice sets out your individual rights; we explain these later in the Notice but in summary these rights include your right to know what data is held about you, how this data is processed and how you can place restrictions on the use of your data.
We will process your personal data in line with:
Personal data is information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Examples include an individual’s name, age, address, date of birth, their gender and contact details.
Personal data may contain information which is known as special categories of personal data. This may be information relating to an individual’s health, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic and biometric data, or data relating to or sexual orientation.
Personal data may also contain data relating to criminal convictions and offences.
For the purposes of safeguarding and processing criminal conviction and offence data responsibly, this data is treated in the same manner as special categories of personal data, where we are legally required to comply with specific data processing requirements.
In order for us to arrange and administer insurance for you we will collect and process personal data about you. We will also collect your personal data where you request information about our services, customer events, promotions and campaigns.
We may also need to collect personal data relating to others in order to arrange and administer insurance. In most circumstances, you or someone you have authorised to act on your behalf (a representative) will provide us with this information. Where you disclose the personal data of others, you must ensure you are entitled to do so.
You may provide us with personal data when completing online quote or contact forms, when you contact us via the telephone, when writing to us directly or where we provide you with paper based forms for completion or we complete a form in conjunction with you.
We will share your personal data within our firm and with business partners. This is normal practice within the insurance industry where it is necessary to share information in order to place, quantify and underwrite risks, to assess overall risk exposure and to process claims. It is also necessary to determine the premium payable and to administer our business.
We also share personal data with authorised third parties; this is necessary where we are required to do so by law, where we need to administer our business, to quote for, source, place and administer your insurances (including arranging insurance premium finance), to perform underwriting activities and to process claims. Some examples are:
We will collect your personal data when you visit our website, where we will collect your unique online electronic identifier; this is commonly known as an IP address.
We will also collect electronic personal data when you first visit our website where we will place a small text file that is commonly known as a cookie on your computer. Cookies are used to identify visitors and to simplify accessibility, and to monitor visitor behaviour when viewing website content, navigating our website and when using features. Cookies make the interaction between One Sure Insurance and its users smoother, they are not programs and they cannot harm your computer. If you have any issues with using cookies you may delete these files from your internet browser, however, should you return to One Sure Insurance’s website you will be prompted to accept a new cookie.
We may record your communications with us when contacting our customer care, complaints, and other customer focused functions. We also collect personal data through the use of telematics or similar locational tracking services, where you have agreed to the use of this particular service.
Where we collect data directly from you, we are considered to be the controller of that data, i.e., we are the Data Controller. Where we use third parties to process your data, these parties are known as ‘processors’ of your personal data. Where formal arrangements exist between us and those processors for them to process data purely under our instruction and not on their own behalf, they will be Data Processors. Where there are other parties involved in underwriting or administering your insurance they may also process your data in which circumstance we will be a joint data controller of your personal data.
A data ‘controller’ means the individual or organisation which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.
A data ‘processor’ means the individual or organisation which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
As a provider of insurance services, we will process the following categories of data:
If you object to the collection, sharing and use of your personal data we may be unable to provide you with our products and services.
For the purposes of meeting the Data Protection Act 2018 territorial scope requirements, the United Kingdom is identified as the named territory where the processing of personal data takes place.
If you require more information about our insurance processes or further details on how we collect personal data and with whom we share data with, please contact our data privacy representative by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We will use your personal data for the performance of our contract with you, to quote for and provide you with insurance products and services, to process claims and renewals, to administer your policy and our business, to respond to any requests from you about services we provide and to process complaints. We will also use your personal data to manage your account, perform statistical analysis on the data we collect, for financial planning and business forecasting purposes and to develop new and market existing products and services.
We will use any special category and criminal conviction data we collect about you for the performance of our contract with you which is deemed to be necessary for reasons of substantial public interest. This allows us to quote for and provide you with insurance products and services, to process claims and renewals and to administer your policy.
In purchasing our products and services you should understand that you are forming a contract with us. If you contact us for a quote or request details on the services we provide, we consider ourselves as having a legitimate business interest to provide you with further information about our services.
In some situations, we may request your consent to market our products and services to you, to share your data or to transfer your data outside the European Economic Area. Where we require consent, your rights and what you are consenting to will be clearly communicated to you. Where you provide consent, you can withdraw this at any time by contacting our data privacy representative by e-mailing email@example.com
Any data we hold about you will remain with One Sure Insurance for a reasonable amount of time. For situations where no contract is entered in to; we will hold your data for a period of 3 years, and for any insurance contract that is entered in to; your data will be held on file for a period of 40 years. The retaining of data is necessary where required for contractual, legal or regulatory purposes or for our legitimate business interests for statistical analysis (profiling) and product development and marketing purposes. Sometimes we may need to retain your data for longer, for example if we are representing you or defending ourselves in a legal dispute or as required by law or where evidence exists that a future claim may occur.
You should be aware that we use automated decision making (services/tools and techniques) to check for customer suitability to our products, for example we might perform a credit search to check an individual’s solvency and credit rating. You have the right to object to the use of automated decision making (services/tools and techniques).
We will transfer your data to third parties based outside the European Economic Area. This is necessary for the purposes of administering our business and underwriting and claims processing purposes. Such parties are not permitted to use your personal data for any other purpose than for what has been agreed with us. These parties are also required to safeguard your personal data through the use of appropriate technical and organisational data security measures and are prohibited from disclosing or sharing your data with other third parties without our prior authorisation, or unless as required by law.
Please contact our data privacy representative for a list of countries and organisations your personal data is transferred to.
We will use your information for the following:
In the event that One Sure Insurance Ltd undergo re-organisation or One Sure Insurance is sold to a third party, any data we hold about you will be transferred to that re-organisation entity or third party.
As a provider of insurance services, we will process the following categories of data:
One Sure Insurance may also monitor and record calls, emails, text messages and any other forms of communication for the following reasons:
Your personal data and debit/credit card data will be processed for the necessary performance of the contract you will be entering into or have entered in to, and any special category data will be processed for reasons of substantive public interest. For the purpose of safeguarding and processing criminal conviction and offence data responsibly, this data is treated in the same manner as special categories of personal data where we are legally required to comply with specific data processing requirements.
One Sure Insurance is committed to high standards of information security, privacy, and transparency. We place a high priority on protecting and managing data and we have established and implemented robust frameworks to ensure security to the best of our ability. The policies and procedures we have in place range from:
Individuals are provided with legal rights governing the use of their personal data. These grant individuals the right to understand what personal data relating to them is held, for what purpose, how it is collected and used, with whom it is shared, where it is located, to object to its processing, to have the data corrected if inaccurate, to take copies of the data and to place restrictions on its processing. Individuals can also request the deletion of their personal data.
These rights are known as individual rights under the Data Protection Act 2018. The following list details these rights:
Individuals can exercise their rights at any time. As mandated by law we will not charge a fee to process these requests, however, if your request is considered to be repetitive, wholly unfounded and/or excessive, we are entitled to charge a reasonable administration fee.
A response to your request will be provided to you within 30 days of us receiving a valid request. We do have the authority to extend these requests; following ICO guidance. If we do need to do this, we will write to you to confirm this within 30 days of receiving your original request to explain our reasons why.
In exercising your Individual Rights, you should understand that in some situations we may be unable to fully meet your request, for example if you make a request for us to delete all your personal data, we may be required to retain some data for taxation, prevention of crime and for regulatory and other statutory purposes.
You should understand that when exercising your rights, a substantial public or vital interest may take precedence over any request you make. In addition, where these interests apply, we are required by law to grant access to this data for law enforcement, legal and/or health related matters.
The flow of data within the insurance sector is complex and we ask you to keep this in mind when exercising your ‘rights of access’ to your information. Where we may be reliant on other organisations to help satisfy your request this may impact on timescales.
If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the way in which we process your personal data, please contact our Data Privacy Representative on the address noted below. You also have the right to complain to the UK’s data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). One Sure Insurance’s ICO registration number is: Z9366683. The ICO may be contacted via its website which is https://ico.org.uk/concerns or by calling their helpline on 0303 123 1113.
If you have any questions regarding this notice, the use of your data or your Individual Rights please contact our Data Privacy Representative at:
Data Privacy Representative, Unicom Insurance ServicesTurnford PlaceBroxbourneHertfordshireEN10 6NH
Or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 0203 991 5400.