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8. Direct Line Direct Line House 3 Edridge Road Croydon CR9 1AG Tel: 020 8686 3313 www.directli...

8. Direct Line

Direct Line House

3 Edridge Road

Croydon CR9 1AG

Tel: 020 8686 3313

www.directline.com

A YEAR IN THE NEWS

OCTOBER 2004

- Confirms that the deputy chairman of its insurance group and founder of Churchill Insurance, Martin Long, is officially leaving the company. A Royal Bank of Scotland spokeswoman commends Mr Long for his role in bringing Direct Line and Churchill together.

APRIL 2005

- Marks its 20th birthday by holding a regional office party for its employees, and delivers '1980s themed' gifts to staff on each morning during the course of Direct Line's birthday week. Also holds a champagne and cake reception for all staff on Direct Line's official birthday.

MAY 2005

- Faces potential legal battle after concerns are raised following the launch of Esure's computer mouse advertising icon. Comparisons are raised between Esure's computer mouse and Direct Line's mouse on wheels in its recent advertisement. The creators of Esure's new icon, Mister Mouse, also worked with Direct Line founder Peter Wood to create the Direct Line red phone in the 1980s.

JULY 2005

- Direct Line managing director Graham Ross quits to be replaced by Chris Moat, previously managing director of Royal-Bank-of-Scotland-owned UK Insurance Partnerships.

SEPTEMBER 2005

- Appoints More Than's marketing director, Mike Tildesley, to same role at Direct Line.

DIRECT LINE: FACTS AND FIGURES 2004

UK gross written premium, excluding treaty (revenue): £1.7bn

UK pre-tax profit: n/a

Number of regional offices (UK): six

Worldwide offices: three

Key personnel: Chris Moat, managing director, Direct Line; Andy Cornish, managing director International

Main business lines: personal lines

Total number of employees: n/a

Recent sales/acquisitions: n/a

Major shareholder: Royal Bank of Scotland Group

UK reserves: £621m

Agency base: n/a

Direct arm: Direct Line

Year established: 1985

Information: Direct Line.

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