Post - 2011-07-07

Career development & CSR: Rugby player work placement

Harlequins player Will Skinner has spent a week-long work placement within QBE's marine, energy and aviation division. The placement was organised by the insurer in conjunction with the Rugby Players' Association's player development programme, which…

Referral fees a 'red herring' claims CSC

The Claims Standards Council has warned the insurance market that abolishing referral fees is a "red herring" that will only send motor insurance premiums "through the roof", due to the loss of their ancillary income stream.

Interview - Rob Brown: The best job in the market

Despite being one to shun the limelight, Rob Brown, chief executive of Aon UK, has no qualms about answering his critics over the firm's carrier charge and contingent commissions, admitting he is pleased with progress to date. Daniel Dunkley reports.

Penny Black's insurance week

Despite last week being a damp squib for British sport, with Andy Murray, the English cricket team, the England under-17s football side and then David Haye failing to deliver the goods, Penny can bring some good news.

Broker networks: Member merits

Brokers often highlight the merits of network structures but is their enthusiasm shared by insurers? Peter Knowles reveals what underwriters really think about the membership model.

Tax exemption option could lure back firms

Firms that have redomiciled for tax purposes could consider returning to the UK if a government-driven consultation on corporate tax for controlled foreign companies leads to substantial legislative changes, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Staddon to leave Biba

The British Insurance Brokers' Association's longstanding head of technical services Peter Staddon is set to depart the trade body. Mr Staddon began his insurance career in 1971 as a broker and joined Biba in 1996 to establish the technical services…

Insurance & social media: To tweet or not to tweet

The insurance industry has struggled in its early attempts to adopt social media, due to its staid reputation. Sam Barrett warns that being slow to capitalise on the benefits it can bring means the industry is missing a trick.

F&L quits ABI over Jackson support

Financial & Legal has become the latest legal expenses insurer to resign from the Association of British Insurers in protest against the trade body's support of the Jackson Review.

Igo4 opens call centre

IGO4 has opened a new contact centre in Peterborough to handle renewals business from existing home and motor insurance customers and offline completion of aggregator quotes, after transferring business from BDML.

Affinity: Travel bucks trend as affinity share falls

Finaccord managing director Alan Leach has advised insurers that the affinity market is "not just about motor, household and travel" and to look for potential partnerships in niche segments. He pointed to accident & health, which he said has seen "steady…

Postbox: Gender quotas will only backfire

Reading Heather Jackson's analysis of Vince Cable's hopes for gender equality in the insurance industry, I agree that looking at the existing talent pool, holding consultations and limiting the number of directorships one person can hold should all be…