UNA Shortlisted for Prestigious Award


UNA is delighted to report that it has once again been shortlisted for the prestigious Broker Innovation Awards.

The awards will be presented in September, when we will be seeking a hat-trick of wins in the Broker Network of the Year category.

Fingers crossed and congratulations to all involved!

Russell Scanlan Acquired by Acrisure


Acrisure, a fast-growing fintech leader that operates a top-10 global insurance broker, has announced its acquisition of UNA Member Russell Scanlan, the distinguished bespoke insurance brokerage and risk manager. The deal is expected to close in the near term, pending FCA regulatory approvals.

To date in 2022, Acrisure has completed or has under letter of intent 100 acquisitions, continuing its industry-leading M&A pace. Established in Nottingham in 1881, Russell Scanlan prides itself on a strong professional pedigree built through advising on all forms of commercial insurance, from large corporates through to SMEs, across multiple and specialist sectors and also for private clients. As part of Acrisure, the Russell Scanlan team will now benefit from Acrisure’s global network of insurance peers as well as access to the Company’s world-class AI systems and technology. 

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UNA Member Spotlight: Berns Brett

In the second of our Member Spotlight articles, this month it's the time of Berns Brett and more specifically, their Irish office.

Since Brexit, some UNA members have had issues dealing with Irish clients or Irish subsidiaries. By introducing BBi Ireland to UNA members, they can help with all your Irish risks. BBi Ireland provides quality independent advice on all aspects of corporate and personal insurance, risk management and business continuity.

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UNA Member Spotlight: SSR

In the first of our new series, each month we will be shining the spotlight on a UNA Member.

This month, it is the turn of Sutton Specialist Risks (SSR).     

As a UNA Member, they are one of our newest, joining formally in July 2018.  As a business however, they are over 30 years old based out of central Bristol. 

Their aim is to provide niche expertise and wholesale insurance products to meet the needs of clients operating predominantly in the security and fire protection industries.  They understand the importance of meeting the high expectations of brokers who are supporting their clients.

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All Together Better People - Warren Baldwin

In the second of this year's series, we meet Warren Baldwin, the new Chairman of the UNA Placement Group.

Warren, tell us a bit about your career to date and how the world of insurance has altered since you started out?

Like everyone I fell into the insurance industry. I had been on a few lads holidays and came home to find out I had an interview at Royal Insurance. I was a bit confused as I had not applied for any jobs, but found out my mum had sent my cv out to various companies to get me out of the house!

Anyway, I went to the interview and was offered the job as a underwriter. That was it, I was pulled into the wonderful world of insurance.

I worked as an underwriter on the Berns Brett account and after 3 years Berns Brett offered me a job as an account hander and 24 years later I am still here.

I think that the basics of the industry are still the same, with it being a people business. However, I do think that the technical side of the industry has suffered over the last 15 years with a lot of knowledge being allowed to leave the sector.

Obviously, regulation has changed a lot in the last 20 years and working practices are far more rigid compared to when I first entered the broking industry. 

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