I’ll explain how personal guarantee insurance works and why I feel it’s a good idea for any director considering putting a personal asset up as collateral.

What is Personal Guarantee Insurance?

Personal guarantee insurance (PGI) offers protection against the risks of a personal guarantee default.

In the event of default, the insurance policy covers a large percentage of the outstanding amount owed, including interest, legal fees, and any other costs associated with the debt.

This allows you to keep whatever asset the financial provider has the charge on, and dramatically lessen the personal impacts of a loan default.

To our knowledge, there’s only one PGI provider in the UK currently, Purbecks.

What are the Key Features of Personal Guarantee Insurance?

Here are the key features of this type of personal guarantee insurance to help you decide if it’s right for you:

  • PGI is an annual Insurance Policy
  • It’s safe and FCA-regulated
  • PGI is available to the directors of limited companies, or partners of an LLP
  • Can be offered for personal guarantees taken against both secured and unsecured loans
  • PGI cover is based on a fixed percentage of the guaranteed amount
  • You can insure multiple guarantors on a single PGI policy

Benefits of Personal Guarantee Insurance

PGI provides you with reassurance that personal assets are safeguarded to a degree in case the business becomes insolvent. This can give you more confidence to take the finance you need to grow your business.

PGI policies can cover multiple directors providing personal guarantees for the same loan.

Premiums paid for PGI are a legitimate business expense.

PGI can be obtained for both new and existing loans, offering flexibility for businesses to manage risk at different stages.

How to Apply for Personal Guarantee Insurance?

Applying for personal guarantee insurance with Purbecks is a simple and straightforward process. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Apply online: To begin the process, visit Purbecks’ website and complete the online application form. The form will require some basic information about you and your business, including the amount of the personal guarantee you wish to insure.
  2. Get a quote: Once you’ve submitted your application, Purbecks will calculate your annual insurance premium based on your individual circumstances and requirements.
  3. Annual coverage: Purbecks provides personal guarantee insurance on an annual basis, meaning you’ll need to renew each year.
  4. A fixed percentage of coverage: Purbecks’s level of coverage is based on a fixed percentage of the personal guarantee and is determined based on your individual circumstances.
  5. Protection in case of insolvency: If your business becomes insolvent and your personal guarantee is called in, Purbecks will be there to support you.

How Much is Covered by PGI?

Usually, the insurance covers a lower percentage of the overall guarantee, e.g. 60%, during the first year. This rises to up to 80% after several years, though never to cover the full amount.

How Much Does Personal Guarantee Insurance Cost?

The cost of personal guarantee insurance varies depending on the size of the guarantee, the assets being used as security, the timeframes involved, and the insurer’s overall risk level.

Prices vary from around £750 p.a. to £12,000 for the largest guarantees.

Can My Company Pay as an Expense?

Yes. Since the finance for which the personal guarantee is needed is for the limited company, the insurance costs can be listed as a company expense.

This makes personal guarantee insurance even more of a good idea for directors as there is no impact on personal finances.

What are the Insurance Criteria?

The insurance is available to limited company directors or members of partnerships within the UK.


These are covered in detail in the policy summary you will receive. Some of the key exclusions to your insurance include:

  • If you were aware of a potential insolvency event either before or at the time of taking out the insurance cover
  • Where a personal guarantee is called in for dishonest or fraudulent behaviour
  • If the personal guarantee is covered by any other insurance
  • Where the advice of the insurance support is not acted upon following a Notification

Should I take out Personal Guarantee Insurance?

As an insolvency practitioner, I encounter directors dealing with financial crises on a daily basis. The limited company structure usually limits the personal implications of such situations. However, when a personal guarantee is signed, it breaches the corporate veil and can matters much more stressful.  

For many directors, this leads to increased stress and even potential personal bankruptcy alongside the liquidation of the company. 

Personal Guarantee Insurance can prevent these issues, and I strongly recommend considering it before signing a personal guarantee.