Broking Success: Strength in Scotland

Tom Yorke, director, Blue Rock Insurance Brokers

Director Tom Yorke recounts his route from Giles to investing in Blue Rock Insurance Brokers, growing organically and competing on quality with the ethos of not doing speculative quotes as well as the opportunities for the Scottish broker as it targets doubling in the next five years

Blue Rock

GWP: £5m

Specialisms: Licensed trade, manufacturing and haulage

Staff: 12

Locations: Ayr, Bellshill

How did you come to invest in Blue Rock?

I had joined an existing small firm in Ayr in 2007, which was both financial services and general insurance run by Brian Murphy, with a view to buying it out. I became a partner in 2010. Prior to the buyout John McQuaid joined [in 2012] – he was the local Gallagher branch manager – and we bought Murphy Insurance in 2015. We just took the

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