Insurance Age - 2010-10-05

Power Hour: Driving forward

This month's roundtable grapples with the factors holding the motor market back and asks what measures need to be taken for it to return to profitability.Liz McMahon reports.

Commercial property: Staying in the picture

Ask any broker how they can add value for their commercial property clients and the chances are their first answer will be: provide a great claims service. However, while there is no denying that a prompt claims service matters to the client, the value…

Your letters

From the Broker Forum, September http://forum.broking.co.uk

Broker Expo 2010: The Expo experience

It's that time of year again - the Insurance Age Broker Expo is fast approaching - so here's a rundown of what to expect. As usual we have the excellent, interactive workshops and nearly 100 exhibitors but this year we have introduced one-to-one broker…

Barbon set to expand as comeback proves a success

Managing director of Barbon Insurance Group, Martin Oliver, has said the business was fighting back and had reclaimed a majority of the business it lost in its lettings and commercial property business as Erinaceous Insurance Services.

Reportage - start-ups: Branching out

Starting your own business is exciting but deciding between autonomy and a helping hand can be tough. Edward Murray looks at what to consider to get what you want and make sure your venture flourishes.

Reportage - state of the market: Caring for the community

There was a time when networks were touted as the best alternative to brokers that did not want to sell out to a consolidator. Louise Meeson assesses the current state of the market and asks if the same arguments in support of network membership still…

News review: September

John Lewis unveiled plans to rebrand its insurance offering as it targeted "rapid growth" in the insurance market.

Broker claims debate: Giving credit where it's due

Credit-hire organisations step in to provide replacement vehicles to not at fault drivers when insurers fail to serve their needs. Unsurprisingly, the relationship between the two industries has always been tense. Edward Murray asks where brokers fit in…

Opinion: Editor's comment

We're all fully aware the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is getting tough. Both the trade press and the business pages of the national press are full of stories about the regulator fining and banning financial services practitioners. And this is very…

Bluefin selected as SPL broker

Bluefin is to target further sporting business north of the border after being appointed by the Scottish Premier League (SPL) as its nominated insurance broker.

Interview: A stern lesson

Liz McMahon meets Australia's latest export, Keith Stern, as he explains how his experiences on the other side of the world have equipped him to lead the Lloyd's regional broker pursuit

Reportage - insurer service: Less is more

Insurers have shunned small partnerships in favour of big business, but this may have been an error of judgement. Jonathan Davey uncovers why smaller brokers may have more to offer.

Reward for efficiency required

There is no incentive for accident management companies to perform efficiently and the market requires legislation or a new product in order for it to perform acceptably.

Westfield absorbs tax increase and holds rates firm

Westfield Health has announced it will not immediately pass on the 1% rise in insurance premium tax (IPT) to policyholders - a decision set to cost the not-for-profit health insurance provider an estimated £530,000 per year.

Polly C

Polly loves a little bit of controversy, especially when it comes from an unexpected source, so she was 'all ears' when Phil Bunker, MD of LV Broker, let rip on rival Aviva.