Insurance Age - 2010-04-08

SME plans fail to impress

The 2010 Budget proposals to ease the burden for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have received a lukewarm reception from the business community.

Doodson plans global growth

Entertainment insurance broker Doodson Broking Group has revealed its global expansion plans after joining forces with US-based Crossfields Insurance Brokerage.

Agenda: Selling up and cashing in

Something is happening in the UK private insurance market. Of the top 20 insurers in 2008, more than a third - seven - have been sold or are up for sale. This could either be good or bad news.

Interview: Addicted to broking

Retired and living abroad, Kedric Rhodes just can't stay away from the UK broking scene. Liz McMahon finds out what keeps the former managing director of TEn Insurance Services coming back for more

Power Hour: Socially acceptable?

This month's power hour discusses the potential business opportunities of rapidly growing social media and asks how brokers of all shapes and sizes can get involved. Martin Friel reports.

Viewpoint: A buyer's market

Howard Lickens contemplates what impact a predicted rush of purchaser-driven activity may have on the consolidation market and compares the sustainability of past and present models.

Reportage: The legal expenses landscape

Louise Meeson asks what is on the horizon for the legal expenses sector following the implementation of the Ministry of Justice reforms and explores the implications of the Jackson proposals.

The Ministry of Justice reforms

The Ministry of Justice reforms for low value road traffic accident personal injury claims, valued between £1,000 and £10,000, are due to be implemented on 30 April. The live date was deferred from 6 April.

Reportage: Decisions,decisions

Giving policyholders freedom of choice to select which lawyer handles their BTE claim sounds positive, however Paul Jacobs argues that it could do more harm than good for the legal expenses market

High-net-worth - A broker bypass?

Traditionally, HNW individuals have sought advice from brokers to insure their most valued assets. Louise Meeson asks where the increasingly popular method of buying online leaves the intermediary.

Regional Review: The Scottish scene

Like its people, the Scottish insurance market is proud to have its own identity - self-sufficient but forming part of the UK. Martin Friel reports from north of the border.

News review: March

MMA outlined 'phase two' of its commercial roll out with the establishment of three new regional trading centres.

Polly C

Self-expression is a beautiful thing. Or so it should be.

UK Broker Awards: Get noticed

The UK Broker Awards are open to intermediaries of all sizes. Martin Friel highlights the benefits of being shortlisted and offers tips on crafting that winning submission.