Osborne’s appalling IPT blunder

July 16, 2015

That’s it, then. Game’s up. Fun while it lasted, it may have been, but with Chancellor Gigi Bl**dy Osborne whacking standard rate IPT up to a stonking 9.5%, there’s b*gger all chance of anyone buying insurance now!

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July 16, 2015

Drivers quite literally won’t know what’s hit them once new road laws come into force during 2015. That’s the shocking claim from pet foods to driving tips outfit IAMS.

They have no idea, IAMS sighs wearily. A whacking great raft of legislation is set to crack down on everything from driving licenses, to speed limits, to driving round out of your brain on drugs.

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July 16, 2015

Criminals have invented an entirely new kind of Crash for Cash (C4C) scam called Crash for Ready Cash (C4RC). That’s according to leading anti-fraud specialist Apu. C4RC is an “aggressive new strain” of C4C, warns Apu.

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July 16, 2015

In a week dominated by disturbing and unexpected developments (corruption detected at FIFA, Ukraine ceasefire violated, global warming not halted after all), perhaps the most disturbing news of all came with fresh poll findings from old-school fuddy-duddy comparison site UsWitch.com, which revealled that just 14% of Brits keep a special pair of driving shoes in their cars.

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July 16, 2015

Customer service in the world of insurance is basically a bit rubbish. That was the shock finding of a new report from customer relationship management experts My Customer!

So uniformly “bland and undistinguished” is the customer relationship performance of the UK’s insurance firms, the report concludes, that consumers are left with nothing but price on which to choose between them.

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July 16, 2015

Thinking of displaying a National Trust sticker on your car? That’s your decision, Matey. Just don’t expect your insurer to pay any claims if you haven’t told them about the modification you’ve just made.

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July 16, 2015

Ah, the BIBA Conference! That magical time of year when anyone who is anybody in the world of broker-intermediated UK general insurance gathers together in one place (Manchester) to celebrate all that is great about this fantastic industry of ours, to eat, drink, chat, enjoy a range of fascinating speeches, debates, seminars and presentations, to exchange platitudes, gossip, business cards, and freebies, and generally hang around until going-home time.

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July 15, 2015

Patrolling the stage like a caged tiger with a half-empty plastic water bottle in one paw, BIBA top dog Steve Wipe formally opened this year’s BIBA conference with a speech pitched perfectly to set insurance pulses racing with its fiery theatrical oratory and flamboyant eloquence.

White began by saying he was thrilled to have got Lord Hunt of Weevil in as the new BIBA CEO, and to have him along for the “two thousand fifteen” BIBA Conference.

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July 15, 2015

Like Custer rallying his dwindling band of blue-clad trigger happy horse soldiers as the redskins circled, scenting the blood of the palefaces, the BIBA bigwigs have once again acted decisively to heal divisions in the UK broker ranks and thus present a united front in the face of slow-motion annihilation.

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July 10, 2015

In what is already being described (here, by us) as the charity fundraising event of the century, Bankstone and friends rode 8 monkey bikes up and or down 15 of the steepest hills in Yorkshire in two days to set what will surely shortly be confirmed as a new world record for riding up and down steep Yorkshire hills on monkey bikes over a two-day period.

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