Towergate Underwriting

Towergate Opens North East Underwriting Office

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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