Insurance Age - 2010-06-02

News: Time is ticking on UK Broker Awards deadline

The deadline is approaching to get your entries in for the 2010 UK Broker Awards, the only industry awards dedicated to the broking community. Entries have been coming in from all over the country and across the categories. Although the volume has been…

News: QBE ambitions realised

QBE looks set to double the size of its commercial property book as it closes in on a deal that could see it snatch £40m worth of business from Axa, Insurance Age has learnt.

Biba news: 'Unbelievable change' afoot

Towergate chief executive, Peter Cullum, has predicted that the UK is set for two years of "unbelievable change" under the new coalition Government with the economy and regulation set to top the agenda.

News: Regional broker growth continues across UK

Regional broker expansion has continued with Oxygen Insurance Brokers announcing the opening of an office in Bristol, Giles growing its Welsh head office and Henderson Insurance Brokers boosting its Manchester hub.

Competition: World Cup fever

As England, the only home nation to appear at the South Africa World Cup, prepares for kick-off, we are running an accumulator competition in association with Equity Red Star.

Agenda: Travelling on a dodgy passport

The Quinn saga came as no surprise to most of us in the industry. The position at the time of writing is that the UK business of Quinn is in run-off and the Irish parent company is in administration.

Your letters: A missed opportunity

Who or what is Biba? Thousands of visitors to Excel last week are none the wiser - I don't mean delegates to the Biba conference, but the huge audience of potential insurance customers who also happened to be in the vicinity. To the average passer by,…

Opinion: Editor's comment

This years' British Insurance Brokers' Conference (Biba) was all about professionalism but I have to report that there wasn't much on show as far as I could see.

Insurance Age interview: An even keel

For Phil Scarrett, managing the network operation at Willis is all about striking a balance between the need for growth and maintaining the community spirit. He tells Martin Friel how he keeps everyone happy.

Power hour: Life after Quinn

This month's power hour sees our panel of experts discuss the fallout for brokers following the problems at Quinn Insurance. Liz McMahon reports.

Viewpoint: Grasp the nettle

There are sound business reason why clients should be seeking risk management advice - so brokers should overcome their concerns and provide it for them, says Andy Hawkes.

Reportage - market share: Survival tactics

The birth of the direct line in 1985 left many predicting the death of the personal lines broker - but 25 years is a long time and, in true entrepreneurial spirit, brokers have defied the sceptics by adapting to survive. The struggle has produced many…

Reportage - specialist lines: Freedom of movement

InsureCancer's award-winning approach to providing travel insurance for cancer sufferers is changing perceptions of this sensitive market. Dr Krish Shastri tells Liz McMahon how the company manages to underwrite the majority of cases and about plans to…

News review: May

Former insurance broker turned MP, Andrew Stephenson, described being an intermediary under the labour Government as a "nightmare".

Polly C

The British Insurance Brokers Association's (Biba) annual conference always provides Polly with a plethora of titbits and this year was certainly no different. It was a gamble to hold it in London as there had been fears that the accompanying social…

Product launches: HSB equipment policy launched

HSB Engineering Insurance has launched an equipment breakdown product that aims to address the green issues faced by businesses, helping them reduce their carbon footprint and gain energy efficiency savings.