Insurance Covid-Cast episode 12: Newsmaker special with Partners& CEO Phil Barton and chair Stuart Reid
In the latest Insurance Post and Insurance Age video cast brought to you while our journalists are working from home, we present the latest in a series of newsmaker specials focusing on the people behind the lockdown headlines.
The former Jelf boss had been chairman of both Broker Network and Compass since April 2018.
Blog: When is a consolidator, not a consolidator? The question Barton, Jelf and Reid’s Partners& hopes to answer
This week saw the launch of new broking business Partners&, bringing together a quintet of players to form a business which is positioning itself as distinctly anti-consolidator. Insurance Age content director Jonathan Swift looks at what this means; and…
Phil Barton, alongside Stuart Reid and Chris Jelf, has formed the broker from MRIB and Independents, La Playa, CGI and Versatile, with initial £25m investment from Capital Z.
The venture, which is a combination of five existing brokers - MRIB and Independents, La Playa, CGI and Versatile - is led by former Jelf boss Barton, with Chris Jelf as commercial director.
Court documents reveal Jelf believes its losses total over £1.2m.
David Hopwood promises the business "won't ignore" members' reasons for joining a particular network.
Ida Axling predicts further changes on the networks scene after Marsh Commercial combines its three propositions.
Marsh ProBroker, Bluefin Network and Purple Partnership to become single networks proposition led by David Hopwood as Marsh Commercial seeks to align more closely with Marsh.
Broker’s trade and assets will be integrated as part of Marsh in April or May 2020.
As Brewin is set to retire no replacement has been announced for the network which became part of Marsh following its 2015 Jelf acquisition.
The former Axa and Bluefin director remains in his role at broker Hamilton Fraser.
Seven members of staff have joined the Laceby branch from the recently closed Grimsby office.
James Packer will look after Scottish business that Brunel had placed with its southern offices.
Anthony Gruppo, CEO at Marsh Commercial, discusses the changes that brokers can make to their businesses in 2020.
This year's top stories featured MS Amlin, Tokio Marine Kiln, Marsh Commercial, Ardonagh, Gallagher and Amanda Blanc.
This month brought about the return of Amanda Blanc to insurance as she accepted roles at Aviva, ERS, and Trov.
The closure of 14 branches by Marsh Commercial caught the attention of readers in November, as Insurance Age announced the Top 100 independent brokers for 2019.
The arrival of Autumn brought a turbulent month for the industry, with several big name departures and arrivals.
As Spring continued, communications by CEOs to the market drew the most interest from readers, including those from Axa and RSA.
Siân Barton and Laurence Eastham discuss the week's most popular news stories, including the return of Amanda Blanc and the launch of Cuvva's new motor product.
What were the most read articles in the first month of 2019?
Marsh Commercial’s plan to close branches and open centralised ‘Centres of Excellence’ could create opportunities for brokers.
Siân Barton and Ida Axling discuss this week's most popular news stories, including a restructure at MS Amlin and redundancies at RSA.