Post - 2010-12-02

Ex-Irish PM slams tax rise demands

A former Irish Prime Minister has said that forcing Ireland to raise corporation tax from 12.5% would have been "counter-intuitive" of countries involved in bailing out the troubled economy.

Editor's comment: A country divided?

Who knows whether it is because the Conservatives are back in power — albeit in a coalition government — but it appears that individuals in the general insurance sector are suddenly talking up a North-South divide again.

Career path & CSR: The value of mentoring

With the economy still teetering on the edge between recession and recovery, the advice and support that mentors can give to aspiring business leaders and managers can help shape immediate business prospects and future growth. Business leaders have a…

Interview - Bart de Smet: Return to fitness

Despite being one of the most high-profile casualties of the financial crisis, Ageas is now focusing on the future rather than the past. Jonathan Swift meets group CEO Bart De Smet to discuss its UK plans, acquisitions and why big is not necessarily…

Postbox: H&S performance index useful for all

I was interested to read the article on a "sense of anticipation" from Zurich's David Smith where he commented on the lack of engagement with the Health & Safety Executive's H&S performance index

Foreign interest in UK firms rose over 2010

Interest from overseas in UK financial services and insurance companies has improved this year after the credit crunch caused investment and merger and acquisition activities to slow in 2009.

Transactional risks - Solutions: Coming of age

Companies with reinvigorated balance sheets are displaying renewed appetite for mergers and acquisitions. John McNally and Tim Allen detail how evolving transactional risk insurance solutions mean the market can meet their needs.

View from the top: Staying ahead of the game

So, business plans have been approved and/or amended and 2011 looms ever closer. In today's market there is at least one certainty: it will be just as challenging to produce an underwriting profit next year as it has been in 2010.

RFIB sees 13% growth

Lloyd's broker RFIB has credited its 13% growth in turnover for the year ended 30 June 2010 to the performance of its marine and reinsurance divisions.

Career path & CSR: Oval awarded two-star rating

Oval has received an outstanding two-star classification from Investor in Customers, an independent award body that judges companies on their ability to place the customer at the heart of their business.

Brokers face North-South divide over M&A activity

Brokers in the 'resilient South' are standing their ground when it comes to getting the price they want for a sale, creating a divide between themselves and their northern counterparts in terms of acquisition availability, it has been claimed.

Penny Black's insurance week

Penny and her colleagues were out and about on the town last week with the NIG executive, apart from poor managing director Jon Greenwood who has been struck down with glandular fever.