Matthew Ashton

Written by

Matthew Ashton

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Updated 10th April 2024

Data breach

Cyber-attacks are an increasing worry for all businesses. A quality cyber insurance policy will cover hacker damage, business interruption, reputational mitigation expenses should a data breach occur, and more.  

Equipment breakdown

What if the chocolate-making machines fail? These machines are valuable, and there are deadlines that can’t be missed! Equipment breakdown insurance will cover the cost of equipment repair or replacement, as well as any downtime you’ve incurred as a result.


Paying a visit to millions of homes across the globe all in one night could easily result in an injury. Liability insurance provides cover in the event of accidental property damage, or unintentional injury or illness to others.

Travel and private medical

If you’re making a big trip aboard, particularly across many countries in one go, then you’ll definitely want to be covered by an international travel insurance and private medical policy. It’s better to have a safety net there for you if you need it than to have nothing at all should something go wrong.

Happy, healthy workers

An operation of this scale will have a team behind it, and where there’s a team there should be the appropriate employee liability cover in place. Consider adding a group health or wellness programme too, so your employees are encouraged to stay healthy and happy the whole year-round.

Home, sweet home

A burrow certainly isn’t a common choice of dwelling, but all homes – no matter how unusual – deserve to be properly protected. That’s what our specialist house insurance is all about: it’s for the homes that are a little different.

The importance of insurance

Jokes and puns aside, running a business can be a risky h-operation. We can’t eliminate that risk, but we can help minimise it, and, more importantly, we can be there for you if something was to go wrong.

That’s why having the right insurance in place is so important. Not just because it’s there for you when you need it, but because of the peace of mind that comes from knowing that even when things are running smoothly, your protection is there in the background – just in case.

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Written by Matthew Ashton

I started working in the insurance industry in 2004. Four years later, I left to focus on theological studies, working as a youth worker and then as a ministry director in Seattle, USA. When returning to the UK, I had an opportunity to work for the late Andrew Marchington. I joined his firm as a sales advisor when it had around ten staff members. Within three years, I was Head of Ops with a staff team of over 30 people. After a chance encounter in 2019 with Rachel Living and Will Cooper, I co-started Stanhope to build a high-value home, luxury watch, and jewellery broker synonymous with trust. I love being with Donna, my wife, and four kids when not working, cramming in the odd row, or running when I can. I am fortunate to love what I do and consider it a blessing to grow the Stanhope brand.

Matthew Ashton

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