The PB interview - Bill Cooper: Bright light in the gloom

Andrew Tjaardstra meets Bill Cooper, managing director for insurance in the financial institutions division at Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets. Despite being cautious about prospects for brokers as the UK's economic malaise continues, the firm is very much…

Interview: Going the distance

After officially retiring from the industry more than 10 years ago, Miles Emblin returned to insurance as an expert witness. The broking legend tells Louise Meeson why his career has still got a few miles in it yet

The PB Interview: New model broker

Andrew Tjaardstra meets Stuart Williams, a director at Nottinghamshire-based broker Cowens Survival Capability, who is passionate about brokers promoting their professionalism to clients and wants to charge his clients fees for his services.

Broking Success: In the face of adversity

Emmanuel Kenning meets the founders of Baker Jayne, who set up their brokerage in the teeth of the worst recession since World War II and managed to make a profit in its inaugural year.

Insurance Age interview: An even keel

For Phil Scarrett, managing the network operation at Willis is all about striking a balance between the need for growth and maintaining the community spirit. He tells Martin Friel how he keeps everyone happy.

Client's Q&A: Hot on property

Property owner Marlene Ellicombe had to make a claim on the first day of taking cover, though Wells-based broker Higos took helping her out in its stride. PB asks her about the experience.

The PB Interview: Riding out the storm

Andy Homer, chief executive of Towergate, tells Andrew Tjaardstra how the company adapted to the tough economic climate by learning more about corporate finance and taking some hard decisions.

Directors' Q&A: Team effort

Cumbrian clothing retailer Lakeland tells the story of how it survived last year's floods with the help of Bluefin and Fusion Underwriting.

Broking Success: Niche is the word

Emmanuel Kenning meets a Blackburn Rovers fan who started his career on La Réunion, 200 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and is eager for broking to improve its image.

The Interview: Let the games begin

Peter Cullum has promised to take Matthew Reed's team to the Olympics if they hit their target of £1bn GWP by 2012. Louise Meeson hears why the CEO has every confidence in leading PowerPlace to success.

Focus: Promoting brokers online

Many brokers are still reluctant to dip their toes in the digital waters to market themselves, yet it can be more cost-effective than traditional methods writes Darren Davidson

Interview: Addicted to broking

Retired and living abroad, Kedric Rhodes just can't stay away from the UK broking scene. Liz McMahon finds out what keeps the former managing director of TEn Insurance Services coming back for more

The PB Interview: View from the rock

Markerstudy was the first insurer to underwrite in the UK from Gibraltar, courting inevitable controversy. Andrew Tjaardstra meets group underwriting director Gary Humphreys to discover its success in becoming a major player in the broking and…

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