Insurance Age - 2010-05-05

2004: Kathryn Moon

In 2004, Kathryn Moon nee Dunsmore became the second individual to accept the Young Broker accolade.

2005: Matthew Pyke

The Biba goalposts changed in 2005 when it extended its under-30 age limit, allowing 35 year old Matthew Pyke to secure the award.

Industry professionalism: Where to now?

The rapidly changing world is presenting fresh challenges for brokers. Keith Hector discusses how they must embrace developments in order to prosper and explores what insurers can do to enhance service.

Solicitors' PI: Quinn: the warning signs

Edward Murray traces Quinn Insurance's somewhat chequered history and asks why regulators allowed it to remain an approved insurer for so long before finally forcing it into administration last month.

Helping yourself

Anne Hudson outlines the benefits of commercial insurance e-trading and urges brokers to embrace web self-service or risk being left on the shelf

News review: April 2010

Capita Insurance Services set its sights on becoming the largest niche motor broker in the UK, according to the managing director of its most recent acquisition Sureterm Direct.

Polly C

It's been a while since the ghost of Michael Bright has haunted the insurance industry but he recently popped up in the most unexpected of places.

News: Quinn UK ban reversed

Quinn Insurance has been given permission to re-enter the UK market despite an earlier decision by the Irish regulator preventing it from writing new business in the country.

News: Birch appointed to Heath Lambert director role

Heath Lambert has boosted its retail division by appointing former Equity Direct managing director, David Birch, as sales director to oversee the development of personal lines affinity relationships with major global companies and high-street brands.

News: You've got to be in it to win it

The 2010 UK Broker Awards are open for entries. Now in their 17th successful year, the awards are the UK's only broker-focused industry event, recognising excellence and innovation in the sector, from small local brokers to strong regional and national…

E-commerce: Soundbytes

Christian Phillips, contingency underwriter at Beazley Group, tells us a little more about Beazley Access.

Agenda: Going for growth in a tough market

There is little doubt that brokers have got it tough. The anticipated hardening of the market is a long time coming despite bold words by insurers, the economy is only recovering hesitantly with the important construction sector still in the doldrums and…

Your letters: Taking care of the environment

Having read some recent articles about the Environmental Damage (Prevention & Remediation) Regulations, I have to comment that in view of the length of time that the Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) was anticipated, it is amazing how many…

Opinion: Editor's comment

It's all about surprises this month. There I was trapped in France mulling over how on earth a little Icelandic volcano could cause so much disruption for so many people for so long. How I was going to get back to work and how much would it cost were at…

The Interview: Let the games begin

Peter Cullum has promised to take Matthew Reed's team to the Olympics if they hit their target of £1bn GWP by 2012. Louise Meeson hears why the CEO has every confidence in leading PowerPlace to success.

Viewpoint: The iniquity of regulation

Concerned over potentially crippling regulation costs, Barbara Bradshaw suggests the FSA could look internally at its own spending before loading fees onto the insurance industry and, ultimately, the consumer.

Young Broker winners: The magnificent seven

The Biba Young Broker of the Year Award recognises the brightest young stars in the industry. Liz McMahon tracks down the last seven winners to find out how the award has impacted their careers.