6 August 2010
Towergate Underwriting has opened a new office to serve brokers
based in the North East and Cumbria. The new team of locally
recruited underwriters is led by branch manager Jon Hipkin, who has
over 20 years experience supporting brokers across the region.
At an official launch event held at The Sage Conference Centre
in Gateshead. Towergate Underwriting CEO Clive Nathan explained
that this new capability had been established as part of
Towergate‘s commitment to supporting brokers locally and will
provide expert underwriting and advice across a wide range of
Towergate products. The event was attended by over 80 people,
including many local brokers. Towergate recently undertook research
among brokers which revealed that many preferred dealing with
businesses which had a local presence and could respond better to
their particular needs and requirements.
Clive Nathan explained: "This new underwriting presence
demonstrates a significant investment in supporting brokers locally
at a time when many of the larger insurers are downsizing or moving
out of the regions. We can now give our brokers in the North East
and Cumbria access to local underwriters who really understand
their business and who they can trade with face to face."
Local broker Karen Weir from Weir Insurance Brokers said: "It's
fantastic news that Towergate has opened a regional underwriting
office in Newcastle - it puts us back on the map. Currently most
training and underwriting centres are either 100 miles north in
Edinburgh or 100 miles south in Leeds."
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