One of the biggest challenges I had trying to rebuild my life after my release from custody was shedding the perceptions that other people had of me. I wish it was as simple as you do your time and once you are released you are able to move on but the reality is anything but.
Believe me nothing feels worse than having to disclose your convictions only for the person on the end of the line or across the table to ultimately judge you or more times than not say "no". Even now with everything positive I have done I still get doors shut in my face. Getting car insurance was almost next to impossible until I told them to have a google of me and that I had an OBE. But how many people getting released don't have that?
I know lots of people reading this will be probrably thinking "If you can't do the time don't do the crime" or some other dated statement like that, but the truth is once you have made your mistake and paid for it you have to be able to move on. Fair enough that may mean depending on the seriousness of your offence you have to be monitored but you have to be able to be given a chance or else how can you ever move on? I have found even if people say it is a confidential non-judgemental chat you still feel the change in atmosphere, that change in their attitude or how they look or sound towards you. That's why for many when they they decide to go legit and they knock on doors only to get it closed in their face they give up or try and cut corners.
When I set up my company it was a no brainer, even with a conviction that would never be spent (It was 12 years reduced to 10) I wanted everything present and correct from top to bottom. No excuses mentality, it had to be done and that is when I came across this AMAZING company and just as importantly my broker Mark. I consider him one of the best things to happen to me. He has never failed me in terms of finding insurance over the years and he is the one contact in this field I would recommend without hesistation. If you are looking for business insurance then please, check this company (and Mark) out first.