In undoubtedly the least scientific survey undertaken by Insurance Age this year, I’ve been asking punters at the Nags Head who should be the next CEO at RSA.
This is my sign-off blog for 2013. It’s also the morning after the Insurance Age Christmas party, so I am going to take the easy route and cast my eye back over the past year.
For the lovers of list making Christmas is an annual highlight.
In the grand scheme of results, a company's Q3 figures rarely compete with the detail and interest thrown up by its full or half-year numbers.
And so it begins again ...
So when is business as usual not business as usual? The answer was clear at the Broker Expo in Coventry yesterday.
Reading the Chartered Insurance Institute's (CII) latest skills survey was like perusing the morning paper's following an England football match.
Towergate just can’t stay out of the spotlight.
The rumours that pretty much everyone is looking to buy RSA made for an exciting day on the Insurance Age editorial desks this week.
This week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) confirmed it now has the power to publically name firms under investigation.
In terms of the most commented on stories on Insurance Age, never before has there been such a clear frontrunner.
It is really irritating when a couple of days before you get around to it, someone else writes the blog you were planning on writing.
Strolling across the floors of yesterday's Broker Expo South a clear sense of optimism and vigour among brokers and insurers was in the air.
Arthur J Gallagher has kicked off its long-awaited spending spree it would seem.
Not quite the rumble in the jungle or the thriller in Manila. But wow what a punch up this week.
You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.
The UK is widely accused of thinking big and then dragging its heels in terms of delivering landmark projects and proposals.
Insurance workers are proudest of their industry, according to research which shows that 90% of insurance professionals surveyed feel proud to work in the market.
August is normally the silly season. The obsession with Jeremy Paxman’s beard in the national media shows the tradition is thankfully alive and well.
It has long been argued by the insurance industry that the public's perception of the sector has been damaged by the actions of bankers, that insurers have been unfairly tarnished by the same financial services brush.
August is usually when we reach the peak of the silly season (if you take a positive view of it – many would term it the trough).
In the last few months I have enjoyed four television shows in particular.
Hot on the wheels of another great day of sport for Britain (Lee Westwood's final day Open slide excluded) the FCA's chief executive Martin Wheatley seized the opportunity to compare the regulation of financial services to the Tour de France.
It’s been a long week in insurance land.