Post - 2010-05-20

Amlin GWP rise

Amlin has reported gross written premium (before deduction of brokerage) rose 32.1% for the four months ended 30 April 2010 to £964.0m (30 April 2009: £729.7m).

Court leaves Zurich

Zurich's European general insurance chief executive officer and former Royal Bank of Scotland Insurance CEO Annette Court, pictured, is to leave the business "by mutual agreement to pursue other opportunities".

FSA corruption warning

The Financial Services Authority has warned of brokers exposure to corruption in its review of anti-bribery and corruption systems and controls.

US investors ready to back second bond push

Towergate believes that there is a healthy appetite among US investors if it goes ahead with a bond issue in the near future. The consolidator postponed its original £665m placing last week, and will bide its time until the beginning of July to see if…

New data hub promises level playing field for insurers

Non-direct motor insurers and brokers will soon be able to compete head on with their direct counterparts, following the launch of a new data bureau that will validate claims, credit and vehicle data at the point of sale, according to its founding…

Assurex to appoint Miller

Assurex Global is poised to appoint Miller as one of two new UK partners, after a long search to replace HSBC Insurance Brokers as its main UK representative.

POS PPI ban confirmed

The Competition Commission has reaffirmed its decision to provisionally introduce a point-of-sale prohibition on payment protection insurance.

Allianz CEO lowers 2010 expectations

Allianz chief executive Andrew Torrance has conceded the insurer has lower expectations for 2010, after its operating profit fell 10.7% in the first quarter of the year.

Groupama launches online PI offering

Groupama will target business from the major professional indemnity insurers after launching its first standalone PI product aimed at small to medium-sized enterprise businesses.

Uncharted waters lie ahead in a sea of change

As we enter the uncharted political waters of a coalition government, it is perhaps worth noting that the current uncertainty is really nothing more than the continuance of a process of change that has been going on for well over two years, to which some…

UK Broker Awards opens call for entries

The 2010 UK Broker Awards are open for entries. Now in their 17th successful year, the awards are the UK's only broker-focused industry ceremony, recognising excellence and innovation in the sector, from small local brokers to strong regional and…

Oxygen opens Bristol office

Oxygen has opened an office in Bristol and appointed two new employees. The corporate risks office is headed up by former Marsh employee Vikki Wiltshire, who is joined by Julie Donkin (pictured), recruited from Heath Lambert in February as a new business…

Brown leaves CCV

CCV operations director Roger Brown has left the consolidator Post has learnt.

Giles appoints seven

Giles Insurance Brokers has appointed seven new members of staff at its Llantrisant-based head office.

Bluefin buys GM book

Bluefin has acquired the general insurance business of Peterborough-based GM Towns & Partners for an undisclosed sum.

CL surveyor training

Cunningham Lindsey is offering its surveyors an improved training programme, as part of a plan to diversify and grow its surveying services division.

Questgates completion

Questgates has completed the final stage of its acquisitions from Teceris, announced on 11 February this year.

Insolvencies fall

The latest insolvency index from Experian has revealed a year-on-year fall in business insolvencies during April in the UK.

The claimant's view: A fairer, better Britain

We welcome the new government's commitment to a compassionate society, one that values fairness and responsibility and the pledge by David Cameron to look after the frail, the elderly and the poorest in society.

Garwyn to become "more relevant" under McCulloch

Garwyn claims the appointment of Xchanging's former chairman of global sales Stewart McCulloch as its new chief executive signifies the loss adjuster's desire to become more relevant to its customers across a wider range of risks.

New IFB member

Markerstudy has become the latest company to join the Insurance Fraud Bureau.

BDMA chairman rebuffs founder claims

It is interesting that Mr Charlton is so keen to pass judgement on the British Damage Management Association, with which he has had no involvement for a number of years (www.postonline.co.uk/1636110).

Career development & CSR news: Ask the expert

I feel I have gained a great deal of experience during the recession with my current employer, but that this is not being recognised internally in terms of the promotion I deserve. How easy is it to move up the career ladder externally at the moment?

Quinn plan handed in

A new business plan for Quinn Insurance to re-open its commercial insurance lines in the UK was handed to the Financial Regulator last week.