A small Sussex-based independent commercial insurance broking firm recently shared top honours at the 2011 Insurance Times Awards alongside two of the largest players in the industry.
With only 15 staff members, professional liability insurance providers Affinity Select Insurance was runner-up with Howden, the 19th largest broker in the UK, in the category of Commercial Lines broker of the Year. Ninth largest firm Gallagher Heath won the category overall, industry experts reported.
Affinity Select, a comparatively small business insurance provider based in Uckfield, received a massive boost from the recognition bestowed upon it by the award. Jenny Carter-Vaughan, the firm’s managing director, compared the difference in size to Uckfield FC in the FA cup final against Manchester United.
Even to be considered in the same league as these industry giants is a massive compliment, Ms Carter-Vaughan stated. However, to be listed alongside them in what can only be referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the industry is a fantastic achievement, and the managing director expressed her extreme pride in her team.
One of the key parts of Affinity Select’s entry was due to PI expert, a completely new brand developed for the professional indemnity insurance market. Launched in 2010, PI Expert focused upon effective communication and customer service combined with comprehensive cover and sensibly-priced premiums, and has since grown to be a leading player in the market for providing fully brokered and advised services for many times of professional indemnity insurance cover.
Building on the success of PI expert, Affinity Select has also created an additional two brands, MI Expert and HI expert, in order to focus on the medical and domestic insurance industries.