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  1. Win a Pinarello bike worth £1,399

    We’re excited to announce the launch of an amazing competition to win a Pinarello Neor 2015 Tiagra 105 bike in black and red, just like the one you see in our TV advert – it’s worth £1,399!

    All you have to do is buy a new bicycle insurance policy, or renew or add another bike to an existing policy, in the three months between February 12th and May 12th 2015 and you’ll be automatically entered into the draw – simple!

    The Pinarello Neor 2015 Tiagra 105 boasts a sleek style and a unique asymmetric frame in hydroformed aluminium, but what really sets this bike apart from the rest of the pack is the carbon rear triangle and front fork. The Neor is the first entry-level bike of its kind to depart from a complete aluminium frame, and comes with the highest performance standards to match.

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    Pinarello is a world-leading manufacturer of handmade bicycles for road, track and cyclo-cross, formed in 1952 by cyclist Giovanni Pinarello. Its longstanding expertise has seen Pinarello bikes carrying professional riders to victory time and time again – Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Óscar Pereiro, among countless others.

    It couldn’t be simpler – buy or update your policy between February 12th and May 12th to be in with a chance of winning a world-beating bike!

    Good luck!

    Full competition T&Cs:

    Protect Your Bubble’s Pinarello Bike Giveaway

    1. The draw is open to residents of the U.K excluding employees of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group), their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group) and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. Entrants must be 18 years old or over.

    3. The promotion begins at 00.00 on 12th Feb 2015 and closes at 23:59 on 12th May 2015 British Summer Time (BST).

    4. You will be entered if you renew, purchase a new bicycle insurance policy or if you add one or more bikes to an existing personal bicycle insurance policy during the promotional period.

    5. You can also enter without renewing, adjusting or purchasing a policy by sending your full name, address, email address (where applicable) and contact telephone number to: Pinarello Bike Giveaway Prize Draw 2015, Protect Your Bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN provided such entry is received by Promoter on or before the closing date of 12th May 2015. By submitting such an entry, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accept these terms and conditions.

    6. Only one entry per person is allowed.

    7. Any policy renewed, adjusted or purchased for entry to this draw must be in force for a minimum of 60 days after the promotional period end date.

    8. Prize is 1x Pinarello Neor 2015 Tiagra/105 Black/Red choice of size 50cm or 54cm and 1 x pair of pedals up to the value of £50 as chosen by the winner. [The Promoter will pay for delivery to the winner but all other costs associated with the prize are payable by the winner.]

    9. The winner will be randomly selected on or around the 13th July 2015 by the Promoter from all the valid entries submitted during the promotional period.

    10. The Promoter will contact the winner by 20th July 2015 using the contact details provided as part of the entry and will provide details to the winner on how to claim the prize. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    11. The winner is required to respond to the notification of winning within 30 days of receipt in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected. The prize will not be released until 60 days after the expiry of the renewal, adjustment or purchase as detailed in paragraph 8 above.

    12. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize.

    13. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    14. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    15. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

    16. By entering this competition, you understand and agree that the name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Pinarello Bike Giveaway Prize Draw 2015, Protect your bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 7th November 2015

    17. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    18.By entering this competition, you understand and agree that the winner may be requested to participate in promotional activity and that the Promoter reserves the right to make reference to the name and county of residence of the winner, in any publicity. No compensation shall be awarded for such participation.

    19. By entering into this draw, the entrant consents to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of the draw.

    20. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    21. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    22. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  2. Protect Your Bubble at the London Bike Show 2015

    Are you a cycling sensation? A fan of all things two-wheeled? A mountain-biking mastermind? Then do we have an event for you – come and see us at the London Bike Show next month! The event runs from February 12th to 15th, and we’ll be at stand LB1230, so make sure you stop by!

    We’ll be bringing our pop-up bicycle café along, meaning that anyone who comes to our stand for a bicycle insurance quote can get themselves a free cookie. Our lovely visitors will also have the chance to win bicycle prizes and goodies, but we’re keeping the details a secret for now – you’ll have to pop over to find out. What’s more, we’ll be offering visitors to our stand an exclusive show discount of 10% off our bike insurance – great!

    You can also chat to our brand ambassador and amateur cyclist Dexter Hurlock at the event. He’ll be joining us to talk about his one of a kind downhill mountain bike and you’ll be able to quiz him on anything to do with bikes – from how to get into cycling to training programs, or even just his favourite type of tyre!

    And if all those weren’t reason enough to stop by, we’ll also be launching our competition to win the Pinarello bike worth £1,399 that features in our TV advert. Anyone that purchases a policy with us between February 12th and May 12th 2015 will be automatically entered. You can find out more about the competition here or stop by our stand to take a look at the prize itself!

    If all this sounds just too good to miss, then why not enter our competition to win free tickets to the show? All you have to do to be entered is head on over to our Twitter page and follow us, @protectyrbubble and retweet one of our competition tweets containing the hashtag #PYBLBS15, for example:

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    Good luck, and we hope to see you there!

    FULL T&C’s:

    Win tickets to the London Bike Show 2015

    Terms and Conditions

    1. The draw is open to residents of the U.K excluding employees of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group), their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter (or of the Promoter group) and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. Entrants must be 13 years old or over.

    3. The promotion begins at 00.00 on 28th Jan 2015 and closes at 16:30 on 6th Feb 2015 British Summer Time (BST).

    4. To enter the promotion, entrants must follow @protectyrbubble and RT one of the competition tweets containing the hashtag #PYBLBS15

    5. Entry is free. Only one entry per person is allowed.

    6. There will be 2 winners. The prize for each winner is two tickets to The London Bike Show 2015 at The Excel London. Ticket can be use on one day 12th, 13th, 14th or 15th of February 2015. All other costs associated with the prize are payable by the winner. At least one attendee per prize must be 18 years or older.

    7. The winner will be randomly selected after 16.30 on 6th Feb 2015 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period.

    8. The Promoter will contact the winner on 6th Feb via private message on Twitter. Prize tickets will be emailed to the address provided by the winner within 24 working hours of the winner claiming. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    9. The winner is required to respond to the notification by 17.00 on 9th Feb 2015 in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    10. The prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged and has no cash value. It cannot be redeemed by the winner for cash or any other prize.

    11. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    12. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    13. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

    14. By entering this competition, you understand and agree that the, twitter handle, name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; The London Bike Show 2015 Ticket Giveaway, Protect your bubble, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 7th November 2015

    15. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    16.By entering this competition, you understand and agree that the winner may be requested to participate in promotional activity and that the Promoter reserves the right to make reference to the twitter handle, name and county of residence of the winner, in any publicity. No compensation shall be awarded for such participation.

    17. By entering into this draw, the entrant consents to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of the draw.

    18. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    19. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this draw with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    20. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect your bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683.

  3. Protect Your Bubble – We’re Award-Winning!

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    Here at Protect Your Bubble, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve won two big awards! This year’s Money Awards deemed us as the Best Insurance Brand, as well as giving us the accolade of the Customer Service Excellence Award – and we couldn’t be more delighted with the news!

    The Money Awards are organised to identify British companies that deal with money, and to recognise their efforts and hard work, regardless of their industry. Under the Best Insurance Brand category, the judges chose us due to our excellent services in this highly-competitive marketplace, as well as our ability to deliver real value to customers in our industry.

    For our Customer Excellence Award, the judges decided that although the competition was tense this year, it was our transparent customer experience process that gave us the edge. Our proactive approach also caught their attention, as our committee meets to solve issues regularly.

    Our head of UK operations, Rob Basinger, added: “We’re simply delighted to have won these two fantastic awards this year. We’re hoping to continue and expand on this success over the next year, and I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and outstanding dedication.”

    On behalf of everyone here at Protect Your Bubble, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all those that have supported us. You can have a read of the judges’ comments here, and more about The Money Awards here
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  4. Introducing our New TV Ads for Xmas 2015

    Get ready for Protect Your Bubble, hitting your screens this Christmas!

    We’re back on the small screen this month with three brand new TV ads as none other than comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan himself steps up to be the voice of Protect Your Bubble!

    Not only will our new set of ads see The Big Impression star join the ranks of The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury and tennis legend John McEnroe – who have both featured in  our ads in the past – but they’ll also benefit from top-quality animation. Alvise Avati, who has worked on Avatar, King Kong and Transformers, has now worked his magic to bring our vision to life – and we think it looks great.

    As you can probably tell, we are very proud of the adverts, which were made for us by creative agency Bige Eyes , and we can’t wait for you to see them on the box – something you’ll be able to do from this Christmas Eve.

    Since Christmas is not just an occasion for mince pies and merriment but also the perfect time to give and receive tech, gadgets and shiny new bikes, our exciting new ads focus on Protect Your Bubble’s great value gadget and bicycle insurance policies. In fact, when they air it’ll be the first time our bike insurance has been on TV!

    We can’t wait to hear what you think of our new-look campaigns and – as you’ll see on Christmas Eve – we’ve included the hashtag #BubbleIt in each of the three ads for you to use to get in touch. Of course, if you want to say hi in the meantime we’d love to hear from you over on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

    Have a fantastic Christmas, and remember to insure those gifts!

  5. Spooky Apps

    Halloween Pumpkins

    Halloween is upon us, and if you’re a fan of the scary, gory or downright terrifying, then you’ll more than likely enjoy the range of spooky apps out there at the minute. If you’re not sure of where to start with the multitude of chilling options available, we’ve collected a variety of them for a truly haunting Halloween.

    Zombies

    With TV shows such as The Walking Dead being as popular as they are, zombie-themed apps are all the rage at the minute. For a more suspense-filled type of experience, Zombies, Run! is great for getting the adrenaline pumping, all the while improving your fitness. The exercise app allows you to immerse yourself in a zombie invasion story, while running at your own comfortable pace. The story unfolds including your own music, with the option to include fast-paced chases for a more intense workout. You can use it outdoors or in – there’s nothing like the threat of impending zombies to get you motivated for a run!

    If you’re just looking to get into the spirit of Halloween without the rigorous exercise, with The Walking Dead Dead Yourself app, you can upload an image of yourself and watch as you transform from living, breathing human, to dead, festering zombie in a matter of seconds. You can even add props to the image for a more (un)life-like result.

    Vampires

    For those that are fans of classic horror, iDrakula is sure to be a hit. Cleverly created, this app is a modern version of Bram Stoker’s original novel. Retold mostly through email, voicemail and text, the story is given an eerily familiar platform on which to tell the story of the mysterious Count. Although the app appears to only be available in the US at the minute, it’s certainly one to be aware of. It is available to buy as a book here in the UK though, for those who can’t wait to get stuck in.

    Pumpkins

    For a more traditional Halloween-themed app, or for those who’d simply rather steer clear of the frightening festivities, try out Pumpkin Carver Plus. With the app, you can still get creative with lots of different pumpkin designs and ideas, without having to worry about cleaning up any remaining orange innards afterwards. The app is also handy if you have young children who’d like to have a go at it too.

    Ghosts

    Now, this app certainly is not one for the faint-hearted. True Ghost Stories From Around The World provides a collection of haunting tales from all over the globe. You can submit your own chilling anecdotes, as well as get well and truly freaked-out by the photos, videos and whole library of ghoulish goings-on. Ideal for grown-up Halloween parties, you’re sure to be gripped with fear after hearing these turbulent tales!

Protect your bubble is a trading name of Assurant Direct Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 5399683). Assurant Direct Limited is an Appointed Representative of Assurant Intermediary Limited, a company registered in England and Wales (registration company number 4019801). Assurant Intermediary Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (registered number 311243). You can check this on the FSA's register by visiting the FSA's website www.fsa.gov.uk/Pages/register or by contacting the FSA on 0845 606 1234.

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