Post - 2010-04-22

Aviva pensions proposal

Aviva has entered a consultation with its UK employees, including RAC staff, regarding proposals to end its final salary pension scheme.

White Oak planted

White Oak Underwriting Agency has commenced underwriting, initially targeting the automobile and mobile equipment industries.

Mutuals welcome Lib Dems manifesto nod

The Association of Financial Mutuals has welcomed the Liberal Democrats' vow to support the mutual sector in playing a larger role in the future of financial services, if the party forms part of a new government.

Angel purchase to give Catlin SME boost

Catlin has signalled its intent to increase its regional small to medium-sized enterprise footprint following the acquisition of Colchester-based managing general agent Angel Underwriting.

Mixed response to volcano

Travel insurers, including Mondial Assistance and Virgin Money are refusing to pay out after the Icelandic ash cloud, classing it as an "act of God" or "natural disaster".

Dawson Whyte pub gig

Belfast-based broker Dawson Whyte has been appointed to provide support to members of Northern Irish pub body, The Federation of the Retail Licensed Trade.

Insurers urged to keep up pressure

Lloyd's has warned there is still "more to do" to drive down the Solvency II capital requirements despite the European Commission's move to ease the burden under the latest quantitative impact study.

View from the top: Exceeding expectations

The debate over short-termism and shareholder value that has been echoing around the nation's boardrooms of late, could and should have a profound impact on the way we promote customer service.

Little loyalty in online motor

More than 80% of online motor insurance customers plan to shop around at renewal according to research by Accenture that shows these insurance buyers are becoming less loyal and more price-sensitive.

Fusion gears up for launch

Towergate-owned underwriter Fusion is to launch a continuity offering as part of its wider business interruption risk management service.

Credit hire bodies to merge

Members of the Accident Management Association and National Association of Credit Hire Operators have agreed to a planned merger after they were consulted on proposals.

Broker gets Brain in gear

Former Bluefin director Gordon Brain has joined Henderson Insurance Brokers as group broking director, based at the company's Leeds head office.

Rainbow to pass BDMA

Rainbow International has launched an initiative guaranteeing that all its insurance restoration work will be carried out to exceed British Damage Management Association standards.

SLS appoints Shaw

Crawford company SLS has appointed Phil Shaw as a technical manager at its Droitwich office.

Sunderland tops ID fraud

Sunderland has topped a list of 121 areas in the UK most affected by ID fraud, according to research published by Callcredit Information Group.

Council admits Corby clean-up mistakes

Corby Borough Council has reached an out of court settlement with 19 young people who accused the authority of causing bodily injury by a negligent clean-up of a former steel plant.

ABI backs PI lawyer involvement in ELTO

The Association of British Insurers has welcomed the idea of involving personal injury lawyers' data in the Employers' Liability Tracing Office, despite reservations from the legal profession.

QBE to trial psych testing

QBE is to trial behavioural assessment firm Thomas International in a bid to improve the risk management of its fleet driver clients.

It pays to be socially aware

Pancentric head of digital strategy James Prebble talks to Post about how social media is changing the world.

Regional Review - Glasgow: Local strength

With significant activity already in 2010 and the emergence of a new financial district, the Glasgow insurance market looks set for further growth. Mairi MacDonald assesses the financial landscape in Scotland's largest city.

Rehabilitation: Back on track

Early intervention with rehabilitation can cut the cost of sickness absence as well as insurance claims. Leigh Jackson asks whether new developments will kick start renewed interest and take up of services in the UK.

Claims - apps: Appy days

With one million Iphones in existence, apps are all the rage. Amy Ellis investigates the insurance market's attempts to utilise this channel and asks if a more considered approach is needed to really meet customers' needs.

SME Affinity: Learning to fly

The SME sector may well be worth £9bn, but for non-insurance brands it is proving a tough affinity market to crack. Alistair Hardie explains how micro-commercial can be made profitable for all.

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Defaqto

Defaqto has appointed Zahid Bilgrami as chief operating officer, with a view to driving performance improvements, inorganic growth and operational excellence.

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RFIB

RFIB Group has appointed Karl Haynes as director of international claims.

Postscript 30 years ago: Mancunian speaks out over fraud

The Manchester Marine Insurance Association had its 76th annual general meeting last month. Its outgoing chairman, Mr H E Wright of Eagle Star made some pungent comments that are worthy of record in this day and age of supertanker scuttlings and the rest.

Penny Black's insurance week

Penny was intrigued to discover the re-emergence of an age-old rumour this week, Morrisons is, apparently, back on the radar of insurers.