Post - 2010-06-10

Penny Black's insurance week

Penny was interested to read about the fiery Prudential shareholder meeting on Monday this week, following its failed bid for Asia's AIA.

Direct Group expands

Direct Group has expanded its travel claims operation with a new partnership with First Assist Insurance Services.

Charity trustee warning

While it may appear that working for a charitable cause poses no threat to an individual or their personal wealth, charity trustees do in fact put their own financial security on the line when taking on such positions, RSA has warned.

Macquarie appointment

The appointment of advisory firm Macquarie for the sale of Quinn Insurance was set to be finalised as Post went to press on Tuesday.

MMA opens in Newcastle

Broker insurer MMA has opened the doors to a regional office in Newcastle, and announced the local team for the North-east region.

Cooper Gay closer to IPO after US deal

A successful merger of Cooper Gay and Swett & Crawford to create a $3.5bn (£2.4bn) independent broking giant would give the combined entity the critical mass to become a decent sized public company it has been claimed.

IAG UK to lose 5% of broker partners in recovery plan

IAG UK's largest business Equity Red Star is set to shed around 175 of its broker partners and withdraw from the majority of its aggregated business, as it plans its recovery from a "significant deterioration" in its claims experience.

Stevens joins Irwin in 'meeting of minds'

Rehabilitation champion and claimant lawyer Amanda Stevens has left law firm Charles Russell after 13 years to join Irwin Mitchell, in a move that could be viewed as a meeting of minds.

Website Review: Direct Line

In the first of a new series for Post, web performance monitoring specialist Gomez runs the gauntlet over Direct Line's website to see how it performed in a number of key areas and stands up against some of its rivals.

Heppel appointment

RFIB has appointed Toby Heppel to the role of divisional director in the political, credit and financial risks team.

NIG unveils product

Insurer NIG has unveiled a new professionals product as part of a revamp of its network broker package products.

Plum relocates

Plum Underwriting has announced a raft of changes to the business as part of its aggressive growth plans, first announced in March.

Assurex adds three firms

Assurex Global, the international network of independent insurance brokers, has added three new brokers to its international partnership ranks: Griffiths & Armour and Miller Insurance Services, both of the UK, and Associated Insurance Consultants of the…

Junction vows to buck motor growth trend

BGL subsidiary Junction has predicted a 25% growth in the sale of new motor policies in the next year, despite what analysts describe as a "static market".

Zoom 360 photo service

Zoom 360 has launched a nationwide service to insurers, offering elevated mast photography utilising vehicle-mounted masts.

LV signs ISO contract

Insurance Services Office, the provider of personal injury claims evaluation solutions and services, has confirmed LV has signed a contract to use its claims outcome advisor.

Argo appoints Roberts

Argo International, the specialist Lloyd's insurer and subsidiary of Argo Group International Holdings, has appointed Ruth Roberts as head of claims.

View from the top: Training is the key

The last couple of years have been tough, and although some industries are now picking up, the insurance industry is having to fight hard to take advantage of the upturn, as businesses are still reluctant to invest as much as they should do in…

Spotlight on talent: The youth of today

A recent Chartered Insurance Institute report was deeply critical of the insurance industry's efforts at recruiting the next generation. Rachel Gordon examines whether effective engagement is really that bad.

Spotlight on talent: Get up and go

The percentage of students choosing insurance as a contender profession has recently risen but insurance companies must capitalise on the opportunities this presents, argues Caspar Bartington.

Spotlight on talent: The price of professionalism

Is the insurance industry talking the talk but not walking the walk when it comes to training staff? Veronica Cowan asks why investment in professionalism is still frequently questioned on cost.

Brit sponsorship hits a six

Brit Insurance has signed a four-year partnership with Chance to Shine, the grassroots sports development programme run by The Cricket Foundation.

CCV acquires again

Cullum Capital Ventures has acquired Hertfordshire-based brokers Humbergrove and Humbergrove UK.

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