Broking Success: Celebrating 50 years of independence

Having celebrated its 50th anniversary as an independent broker, R A Cowen & Partners, which is part of Cowens Group, has no plans to sell up any time soon. CEO Paul Chaplin sets out the philosophy behind the business and shares his route into broking.

R A Cowen & Partners GWP: £25m Staff: 54 Specialisms: Complex manufacturing with construction, manufacturing, engineering, volume SME Locations: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and Stamford, Lincolnshire When was the business set up?

In 1973. Slav Kuchta and Bob Cowen worked for The Burley Group and had restrictive covenants that they couldn’t start within 14 miles of an existing Burley’s office. 

At that time, Burley’s had Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield. They looked

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