Smart & Cook makes 54th acquisition

Harrogate-based broker Smart & Cook has announced its 54th acquisition with the purchase of Willis’ Cumbrian operation.

Willis Cumbria currently employs 24 staff who will remain in place and trade from locations in Cockermouth and Carlisle.

Andrew Fennell – branch director at Cockermouth said: “We previously traded as C H Jeffries, an independent broker, prior to our acquisition by Willis in 2004; with Smart & Cook we will now be in a position to deliver the excellent service our clients have come to expect over very many years”.

The acquisition was concluded on the 1 August and further strengthens Smart & Cook’s product and service proposition.

Paul Meehan, chief executive of Smart & Cook, said: “I am very pleased that we have concluded this deal. Willis had decided that in order to ensure continued provision of a high level of service that it would be in the best interest of their clients to enter in to discussions with a national broker whose emphasis is on offering a personal and dedicated service to its clients and Smart & Cook was selected for this reason."

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