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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All Together Better People - Jamie Coskry

In the first of our All Together Better People series for 2022, we speak with Jamie Coskry of T L Dallas.  

 

Jamie was the recent winner of the UNA Newcomer Award following a varied career path to get to where he is today.

As mentioned, you recently won the UNA Newcomer of the Year Award, tell us a bit about how your career to date brought you into the world of insurance…

My career to date has been rather varied. Progressing from rugby into a career in law was the first major change. Then for my next challenge I entered the world of Insurance. My teamworking skills through years of rugby and analytical skills brought from law allowed me to make a fairly smooth transgression into Insurance. I believe having different core skills has allowed me to adapt and grow within this industry within a relatively short period of time. 

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Think giving…announcing our UNA Conference charities for 2021

Selecting the charities for us all to support at the UNA Conference is no mean feat…we want our philanthropic efforts to be relevant, not only to our members but to our partners, stakeholders and our customers. It’s no secret that we are incredibly mindful of mental health and we bring this to the fore often. This year, we are taking our support of the mind to the next level, championing Insurance United Against Dementia, and Nordoff Robbins. So what are these charities all about? And why have we chosen them? 

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Thomas Carroll Completes Acquisition

Long standing UNA Member Thomas Carroll has today welcomed its acquisition of Cardigan-based Delwyn Griffiths Insurance as the next step in its continuing expansion plans.

The Thomas Carroll Group, which has been trading in Wales for nearly 50 years, has taken the reins of the business which has provided independent insurance advice to local individuals and businesses in West Wales since 1983. All services and existing policies will continue as normal for clients and its office will remain open, supported by Thomas Carroll’s office in Haverfordwest.

2021 has seen Thomas Carroll’s turnover grow to almost £12 million, with client retention at a record high of 96%. 

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