Independent Burgess Hill-based brokers and underwriters, Bennett Christmas is merging with Horsham-based Slade Edwards Insurance Brokers as part of its on-going expansion.
The deal, which comes as Slade Edwards celebrates four decades in Horsham, will boost Bennett Christmas’s Gross Written Premium in line with their five-year business plan. Both Bennett Christmas and Slade Edwards are members of Broker Network.
The existing members of Slade Edwards’s staff will join the Bennett Christmas team from September. They include Slade Edwards’s directors, Julia Crow, who will become Operations Manager, Anthony Birch, who will oversee risk management, and Nigel Slaughter, who will become an Associate Director.
“We’re delighted to welcome Slade Edwards, a well-respected company in the Sussex community, into the Bennett Christmas family. Their team shares our commitment and passion for personalised, local and face-to-face service,” said Mark Bennett, CEO. “They are also one of the leading players in the market for ice cream and catering van insurance which brings a unique offering to our product range. Their specialist risk management division also allows us to expand our service offering. This acquisition complements Bennett Christmas’s business plan of being a provider of niche products within its underwriting arm.”
Slade Edwards’s Managing Director, Anthony Birch added: “We are pleased to place our long established business in independent, local hands. Our aligned processes and procedures will ensure that our customers continue to receive the high levels of service they’re used to and benefit from the broader service offering that our combined businesses will provide.”