This week: Winners and lasers

Laser tag

Nothing says team building quite like stumbling around a dark maze, falling headfirst into mirrors and haphazardly shooting lasers at your colleagues. Or so the democratic vote we held a few weeks earlier decreed.

Which is why on Monday the Post team suited up in casual clothes and ‘jetted’ over to East London to play laser tag.

As with any tournament, there were winners and losers. Scoring laser tag should be black and white (or green and red, going by the team colours), but – there’s always one – not everyone was convinced by what the results suggested about their performance.        

We were, however, all glad not to be shivering away in swimwear at a water park.

Meanwhile in insurance news, Ardonagh CEO David Ross remained jubilant in the face of Ardonagh’s performance as the broker saw a £44.5m loss for H1. Ross hailed the group as “ideally placed”.

 All Swinton branches have now been closed, it was confirmed. Atlanta’s Ian Donaldson revealed the group’s plans for the digital broker.

A deal between CRL and an insurer fell through, leaving the Financial Services Compensation Scheme with 14,000 Alpha policyholders to compensate.

PIB u-turned on its pledge not to rebrand broker Albany Childcare, which will be absorbed into Morton Michel.

Total Enterprise claims were cautiously pegged at £319m by its liquidator.

In people moves, Derek Henry was revealed as Brightside’s broking managing director, while ex-JLT pair Jonathan Palmer-Brown and Hugh Crossland joined SSL Endeavour.

Our in-depth analysis this week looked at protecting businesses against political risks.

In blogs, Igo4 CEO Matt Munro talked telematics, Neos CEO Matt Poll looked at smart technology and loyalty, while Crawford’s Sarah Baker highlighted non-damage business interruption cover after the Whaley Bridge dam incident.

In our c-suite column, Zurich chief operating officer John Keppel shared his thoughts on environmental sustainability.

That’s all from us this week. Enjoy the long weekend; fingers crossed for some water park weather.

Jen Frost, senior reporter

@JenInsurance

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