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Aston Lark announces acquisition of DNA Insurance

Continuing its rapid pace of expansion, Aston Lark has announced the acquisition of DNA Insurance Services Ltd to further strengthen its already significant motor trade expertise.

Established in 2003, with offices in Romford and Southampton, DNA Insurance is a motor trade specialist with over 10,000 customers.

PIB Group broker acquisition marks start of retail expansion in Ireland

Creane & Creane Ltd, a family-run insurance broker, represents another acquisition milestone for PIB Group Ltd (‘PIB’) who are set to accelerate their retail footprint in Ireland.

PIB has set sail again into Europe. This time through the acquisition of Creane & Creane, which is the first retail business on Irish soil that the Group has acquired. 

Ethos Broking buys London based insurance broker Chambers and Newman

Ethos Broking has brought its number of Regional Hubs up to 13 with the acquisition of leading London-based brokerage, Chambers and Newman.

The purchase of the brokerage, which is approaching its 75-year diamond jubilee in business, will create a foothold in London for Ethos Broking as the investor rapidly continues to expand across the length and breadth of the UK.

 

Are small insurance brokers the rocket fuel of the industry?

You survived when Direct Line (in the 1980’s) started selling cheap insurance to consumers. Then there was the growth of the internet and price comparison sites, where we saw more people buying their personal and small business insurance based on headline information, checklists, and cost. 

RSA publishes Confident Futures Corporate Responsibility Report 2020

As the insurance industry and beyond reflects on the events 2020, there’s a growing realisation that the industry and wider economy cannot be resilient without responsible business practices.

Future-proofing the economic recovery requires the responsible use of energy and natural resources; consideration of human rights; employee and community wellbeing; and ensuring customers are at the forefront of decision making.

 

Towergate strengthens footprint in Wales with insurance broker acquisition

Towergate has announced the acquisition of assets from Murton Alexander Insurance Services Ltd.

Founded in 1972 by Robin Pountney and now run by his son, Managing Director Rob Pountney, Murton Alexander is one of the longest serving independent insurance brokers in Swansea, Wales.

GRP acquires Leeds insurance broker Lawrence Fraser

Broker to join Yorkshire hub Marshall Wooldridge

GRP has acquired 100% of the share capital of Lawrence Fraser Brokers (Lawrence Fraser).

The Leeds-based broker will join GRP’s Yorkshire hub Marshall Wooldridge and is the fourth brokerage to become part of Marshall Wooldridge since GRP invested in the business in 2016.

Wife sentenced after faking husband’s death for £400,000 insurance claim

A woman from London has been sentenced after attempting to defraud her insurer through a fraudulent life insurance claim worth £397,153.

Thuile Bhebhe, 51, reported that her husband had died in Zimbabwe in August 2016, submitting false documents to her insurer, Aviva, in order to substantiate her claim.

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Aston Lark acquires North County Brokers

Aston Lark has announced the acquisition of North County Brokers Ltd.

Established in 1999 and based in Balbriggan in County Dublin, North County Brokers offers independent advice to businesses across a broad range of insurance and risk management services. The company has specialist expertise in a number of sectors including technology and communications, manufacturing, import and distribution, and motor trade.

PIB Group makes second acquisition of 2021

Element Hinton (Insurance Brokers) Ltd, a family business based in Staffordshire, is entering an exciting new chapter following its acquisition by PIB Group Ltd (‘PIB’). The injection of investment, combined with the leverage and strength of PIB, will enable the business to build on a 33-year successful trading history and benefit all of its client base.

GRP’s Chesterfield based DCJ acquires J E Sills & Sons Limited

Global Risk Partners’ (GRP) Chesterfield brokerage, DCJ Group Insurance & Risk Management Limited (DCJ), has acquired Lincoln based commercial insurance broker J E Sills & Sons Limited (Sills).

Markerstudy Group acquires Brightside

Markerstudy Group has acquired Brightside Group, subject to regulatory approval, from private equity investor AnaCap Financial Partners in its first strike of 2021.  This follows the Group’s completion of the purchase of the Co-op Insurance underwriting business in December 2020 and investment by Pollen Street Capital and Qatar Insurance Company in January this year.

Impact of Covid-19 for the Insurance Sector

​COVID-19 is impacting the insurance industry in multiple ways—from employee and business continuity issues to client service considerations to the financial outlook. Here are some key issues insurers face and potential action steps they could take. 

Aston Lark buys 2 insurance brokers and 1 MGA in a week

Established almost 40 years ago, Bruce Stevenson is the largest independent insurance broker in Scotland, providing specialist products and services to both commercial and private clients across the UK, with specialisms including renewable energy, social housing, and property insurance. 

BI Test Case: FCA issues guidance on proving the presence of Covid-19

This final guidance sets out the types of evidence and methodologies which policyholders may wish to use when proving the presence of coronavirus (Covid-19) in a particular area around their premises.

Chartered Insurance Institute reflects on International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2021), the Chartered Insurance Institute asked Dr Adrian B Leonard, Curator of the Insurance Museum, to reflect on the history of the insurance profession.

Are insurance brokers losing up to 60% new business?

In a guest blog for youTalk-insurance, Ben Moore, General Manager at QuoteSearcher analysed vital data which highlighted that valuable new business opportunities could be being missed by UK based insurance brokers.

How the Pandemic has changed the insurance industry forever

Darren Wray, CEO of Fifth Step a firm that has over a ten years experience of helping to improve insurance businesses in London and international markets examines some of the process and technology implications of the pandemic.

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Business Development Manager, David Roberts & Partners (Insurance Brokers) Ltd

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Account Executive, David Roberts & Partners (Insurance Brokers) Ltd

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Agricultural Account Executive, David Roberts & Partners (Insurance Brokers) Ltd

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Account Executive, Paterson Insurance Brokers Ltd

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