Insurance Age - 2010-07-06

Light at the end of the FSCS levy tunnel?

It remains unclear whether brokers left reeling by huge increases in the Financial Services Compensation Scheme will be able to seek a retrospective reduction from the regulator.

Brokers banned by FSA for mishandling clients' money

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has banned two broker directors - Delwyn Way of Shield Insurance Consultancy and Adrian Shillaker of Griffiths McAlister Insurance Brokers - for failing to adequately protect clients' money and assets.

Moorhouse launches first start-up

Moorhouse Group chairman, Lyndon Wood, claimed that Moorhouse Enterprise gave brokers the flexibility networks lacked as he announced the launch of its first business.

Product launches: NIG revamps packaged suite

NIG has relaunched its package products suite within its NIG Network broker system, with revamped offerings, a new professionals solution and an improved quote system that aims to generate more competitive pricing.

Competition: All is not lost

As World Cup fever cools and England mourns yet another crushing defeat, there is still a chance for you to walk away with something more than a heavy heart by taking part in the accumulator competition we are running in association with Equity Red Star

Agenda: Pricing strategies

The UK commercial insurance market is worth about £15bn and there has been little change in its overall size since 2002. In 2001-2002, the market increased by 75% reversing years of losses into a platform for a long period of profitability. In the…

Your letters: Professionalism aplenty

I was surprised and a little dismayed with your comments about this year's British Insurance Brokers' Association (Biba) conference at Excel in the June issue of Insurance Age.

Your letters: Think ahead

Without doubt, these are hard times for insurance brokers and this makes us all look for new business and revenue streams. However, what it should not lead to is the use of 'quick fix' and other such schemes that undermine the claims process and the…

Opinion: Editor's comment - July 2010

Have you received your letter, the one that informs you that your Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) bill has gone up a bit? "A bit?" I hear you cry. And cry you might for brokers are reporting increases of up to 800%.

Interview: Going the distance

After officially retiring from the industry more than 10 years ago, Miles Emblin returned to insurance as an expert witness. The broking legend tells Louise Meeson why his career has still got a few miles in it yet

Viewpoint: Principles versus PC

Tony Bridgland wrote a long-running satirical column in Insurance Age from 1992, firing barbed broadsides at insurers and regulators alike and, for seven years, was the insurance watchdog for the Sun newspaper. Now he comes out of semi-retirement to put…

Reportage: Sole searching

The recession has led to an increase in sole traders and with such an array to cater for, insurers are struggling to meet their needs. Louise Meeson explores how brokers can identify and service these micro businesses

Reportage - coalition government: A political maze

With the first coalition Government in more than 50 years in power, there is plenty of unease among businesses as to what it will mean for them. Louise Meeson explores the risks SMEs face amid a lack of clear direction

Budget marketing: Marketing on a shoestring

Raising your company profile and engaging people within the business doesn't have to cost the earth. Anne Hudson provides tips on how to get the most from your marketing without blowing the budget

News review: June 2010

Online marketplace Ebay was poised to seek a raft of insurance partners as it geared up to launch a financial services offering. Insurance Age's sister title Post learnt that Ebay agreed a partnership with Staffordshire-based intermediary Autonet to help…

Polly C

Polly loves a divisive figure and, quite frankly, the insurance industry could do with more of them. There is no denying that the now infamous Gio Compario is the aggregators' answer to Marmite and Polly was pleased to learn that the gregarious tenor had…