25 Jul 2018
Let me start by saying I’m embarrassed to be writing this blog in the year 2018.
I was moved to hit the keyboard and write this blog having just read the CII’s report on the UK Insurance Gender Pay Gap that was published last week “UK Insurance Gender Pay Gap 24% - CII calls for action”
I was stunned to read recently that The World...
12 Jun 2018
Many miles of copy have been written about the disruption that is now starting to impact the insurance industry. Techy types within the sector have even given the technological changes that we are all experiencing its own name ‘INSURTECH’.
If you would have used this expression ten years ago you might have seen your colleagues speed dialling for...
6 Jun 2018
BIBA conference thrives, but social media neglected
The annual BIBA conference is behind us for another year, but I’m not ready to forget all about #BIBA18 just yet. Reason being, I work in social media. Much of my trade happens at a pace and is very immediate - digital conversations happening in ‘real time’ as they do - but when people’s...
25 May 2018
As many property owners and insurance professionals will agree, subsidence of a property is devastating news for the owner. Levelling a sloping, uneven building is traditionally an intrusive and time-consuming process that can carry a hefty price tag for both claimants and insurance companies. However, with advances in technology, traditional underpinning methods...
19 May 2018
In the news recently, we learned that national treasure and iconic Queen Vic landlady, Dame Barbara Windsor is suffering from Alzheimer’s and it’s a stark reminder that anyone can fall victim to this devastating disease.
Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate; whether you’re (relatively) young, old, rich, poor, celebrity or an average man...
14 May 2018
Change is flowing across the commercial insurance sector, as technology begins to create increased efficiency and a more intelligence-based approach to risk. Faced with customers who are more informed and understand in detail the risks that they face, insurers must utilise technology to work in partnership with customers to minimise business disruption.
11 May 2018
Despite the changes seen by our sector over the many years it has been in operation, one thing that has endured is the relationship between insurers and brokers. The partnership between the two has ebbed and flowed, with the advent of the direct-to-consumer model and the rise of aggregators fundamentally changing the nature of the partnership.
The new kid on the...
10 May 2018
International General Insurance Holdings Limited (IGI), the global specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer, will continue to build out its UK broker business in order to achieve its growth ambitions.
IGI will be exhibiting at the BIBA conference for the first time this year and will be looking to raise awareness of the company’s expertise and diverse...
10 May 2018
Executive Director, Duncan McClean, shares his views on non-damage terrorism insurance and looks forward to the annual BIBA conference and exhibition next week.
Terrorism - a horrific and common place feature of the modern-day world we inhabit.
Having been made in Northern Ireland myself, and by parents from either side of “the divide”, I’...
10 May 2018
AmTrust International will once again be at BIBA in Manchester this year.
You can find us at our stand C70, with a whole host of our talented underwriters and business development managers.
The broker market is very important to us, and we would love you to come along and see what we have to offer.
We have been striving to create new and innovative...
9 May 2018
Uncertainty is the theme of 2018, with everything from Brexit negotiations and the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation to insurance sector specifics such as the Ogden discount rate and the Insurance Distribution Directive creating potential instability.
Managing this type of risk is business as usual for insurance professionals but, with so many...
8 May 2018
After 30 years in the industry, over 20 of which have been spent making the annual pilgrimage to BIBA, I still look forward to those two days in the middle of May each year where the insurance market comes together.
It’s all about connections
Like many, it’s the key date in my diary. A chance for me to connect with business colleagues from...
3 May 2018
Blimey, what a long winter and washout of an early spring we’ve had! However, with the weather finally lifting a little a couple of weekends ago, I was able to give my postage stamp of a lawn a first mow of 2018. As the aroma of freshly cut damp grass my wafted through my nostrils and the sun warmed my back, my mind turned to BIBA. As an...
2 May 2018
BIBA may mean different things to different people, but for ARAG’s Head of Sales, Andy Talbot, the conference and exhibition is all about the conversation.
It may not be particularly fashionable outside the insurance world, but I’m a big fan of the BIBA conference - does that make me a ‘Bel-IBA’? I really look forward to this time of year...
23 Apr 2018
If you’ve spent any time on LinkedIn and other social media platforms you may have seen how job titles are evolving. In fields like marketing, management and IT we’re seeing traditional titles like ‘consultant’ and ‘adviser’ make way for a new breed of ninjas, wizards, gurus and rockstars.
Of course, the job market is changing...
Posted by Jon White
3 Apr 2018
Mental Health in the workplace is under scrutiny and rightly so - the costs to the person, companies and the economy, make for grim reading. Estimates of 12.5 million days lost to workplace stress, depression and anxiety (Health and Safety Executive. 2016), £26 billion lost to companies (Acas 2012) - I could go on but I'm sure you get the picture.
12 Mar 2018
In a guest blog for youTalk-insurance inspirational business coach Margaret Allen explores the issue of diversity within the insurance sector and shares some useful steps that firms can take to ensure the future prosperity of their businesses.
Change is upon us… In fact, the only certainty is change
By April 2018 all companies with more than 250...
5 Feb 2018
“The whole question here is: am I a monster, or a victim myself?”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime was a rallying call to treat the symptoms of criminal – often violent – activity that threatened a civil breakdown in society more than a decade ago. Recently released crime...
31 Jan 2018
NMU Executive Director, Nick Limb, talks 2017 and looks into the future at NMU
2017 was an exciting year for NMU and one full of challenges and opportunities.
We have continued to work far closer with our parent company Munich Re Syndicate as part of their wider International Distribution network, looking at ways to both improve and strengthen our business...
Posted by Nick Limb
22 Jan 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into enforcement from May 25th, 2018. The potential fines that can be levied by GDPR are large numbers. At their extreme they can be as great as €20m or (and this makes it important to companies of all sizes), 4% of global revenue, whichever is the greater.
The (re)insurance market may, however, be...