Howden, the retail broking arm of employee-owned insurance group, Hyperion, announced today its plans to increase its regional presence in the UK with the launch of a new operation in Bristol.
The Bristol office is expected to become one of the largest of Howden’s regional operations. It will further expand Howden’s UK footprint, which has grown considerably in recent years to 500 employees across 13 offices, making it one of the biggest independent players in the UK insurance market.
Howden has appointed Mark Westgarth to launch and develop the Bristol business, which will initially target Professions, SME and Corporate clients. Westgarth has 30 years of experience in the local insurance market, most recently as Managing Director of Specialty at Bluefin.
Chris Evans, CEO of Howden UK explained: “The quality and maturity of Bristol’s local insurance market, its vibrant business community, and the strength of the local economy make it the obvious location for Howden’s expansion in the South-West. We already have a strong presence in London and the South-East, the North, and the Midlands; establishing an operation to reach clients in the South-West is the next logical step.”
He continued: “Central to our success has always been attracting the right people and empowering them to deliver the best possible solutions to clients. In Mark we have identified an exceptional local leader who I am confident will be able to attract a strong team from the impressive pool of local talent that I know to exist in Bristol, and lead them to build what will become one of our largest regional operations in the UK.”
Mark will join Howden once he has fulfilled his commitments to his current employer.