Unfortunately, football never did make it home. With the World Cup now safely in the rear-view mirror and the agony of a semi-final defeat beginning to subside just a little, we can reflect on a job well done. As many an armchair pundit has noted, had we been offered a semi-final berth before the tournament started most of us would have accepted it gladly. That being said, the nagging feeling that we won’t get as good a chance again still persists. But it’s not all ‘nearly’ this and ‘what if’ that.
It’s new additions time again. It only seems like last month that we welcomed Shaun Poole to the Kingsbridge partnership team (probably because it was). Today we’re introducing you to the newest member to join those esteemed ranks – Stuart Hayne.
In his first role in the insurance industry, Stuart joins Kingsbridge as a Relationship Manager. Along with his colleagues in our partnership team Stuart is responsible for establishing and building relationships with the companies we work alongside.
Tewkesbury-based specialist insurance broker Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance, part of the Kingsbridge Group, is pleased to announce a number of promotions within the organisation. In another success story for the fast-growing company, long-serving employees Thomas Wynne, Liam Green, and James Ledingham have been elevated into Directorial positions. All three have been involved in the business since its infancy, and have fulfilled a number of roles throughout their tenures.
Thomas moves from Business Development Director to Managing Director of KCI, taking over responsibility for all sales activities of the division. James becomes Operating Director of KCI, moving on from Head of Implementation. James will lead a number of key projects Kingsbridge has coming up in the future. Liam moves from Head of Underwriting to Underwriting Director, further expanding his responsibilities in the area of insurer relations and operations.
Our current top 3 Love Island facts:
- Significantly more young people applied to appear on the latest season of Love Island than applied to either Oxford or Cambridge (104,000 vs. 23,500 in case you were wondering)
- Since series 1 the kitchen, smoking area, and outdoor table in the villa have been made much bigger. Why? For “added DRAMZ”, to quote our reliable sources at Heat
- Although lunch and dinner are made for them, the contestants have to make their own breakfast. Tough!
There are lots of great things about Barcelona. There’s the football, obviously – Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and all the rest. The architecture of Gaudí and Montaner. The beaches. Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. Even that Freddie Mercury song. In short, it’s one of Europe’s finest cities. So what better place for the Kingsbridge Partnership team to spend a long weekend in?
Aside from its prominence in the news whenever there is national flooding, the Medieval town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire is famous as the site of the 1471 Battle of the Roses, and for its mustard (which even warranted a mention in some of Shakespeare’s works). Of greater note though is that since 2010 Tewkesbury is the home of Kingsbridge’s HQ and the lion’s share of its 80+ employees.
It was fitting therefore that Tewkesbury town was the first beneficiary of Kingsbridge’s new volunteering programme which saw a team of workers spend the day supporting ‘Tewkesbury in Bloom’. A charity charged with preparing and maintaining the town for the annual RHS Britain in Bloom competition their work and that of previous volunteers has resulted in Tewkesbury winning eight gold medals in as many years – no pressure!
Regular readers of this blog might remember our first Bring Your Dog To Work Day last year. If you don’t, you can refresh your memory (and take in some excellent pictures of puppies) here. Last week, we had round 2. This time we joined up with the good people at Hownd to support a very worthwhile cause. It goes without saying that much fun was had by all.
Although the jury remains firmly on whether having pets in the office increases productivity, we can say for sure that morale (both human and animal) was boosted. A big thank you to Bowie, Sadie, Lottie, Sammie, Eddie, Pepper, Draco, Peggy, Clay, Teddy, Connie and Harley and their humans for coming in. Enjoy a selection of our favourite pictures from the day below (and check back in next June for round 3.)
Keen cynophilist’s among you may know that today is officially Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Some of you might even be lucky enough to have a furry friend or two in the office as you’re reading this.
We’re big fans of the initiative here at Kingsbridge HQ. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that we tried our own unofficial version. Besides the obvious benefits – dogs are just so cute – it’s been proven that having a pet at work boosts morale, heightens productivity, and just generally makes the working environment a better and more engaging place to be.
One of the questions we get asked most often at Kingsbridge is ‘Do you ever actually pay out on claims?’ The answer is a simple one: ‘We do, regularly’. The follow up question is almost as common: ‘Can you prove it?’
As it happens, we can. We understand why the majority of customers are unsure as to whether their insurance will pay out in the event of a claim. After all, you’ll only really know if the cover is good if you have to use it and we’re sure you’d rather that didn’t happen.
Our main insurance product is underwritten by Zurich. In 2017, as they recently announced, Zurich paid out 99% of all claims made by their policyholders in the UK.
In fact, they paid a total of over £1.7bn in claims in 2017 (almost 195,000 of which were from general insurance products), with 120 of those claims being worth £1m or more.
Many a day at Kingsbridge HQ is spent either behind a desk on a computer or (quite literally) out on the road, travelling to and from meetings. It’s all for the greater good of course, but sometimes we do like to step out and experience some of the outside world. Often, as a sign of our gratitude towards them, we like to do this with the partners we work with. The last month was no exception.
In May some of the Kingsbridge team, along with guests, hit the races in Chester and paid a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show. Both events provided an excellent opportunity for us to get to know our partner companies even better, giving both us and them a chance to get out of the office and relax. It also gives us a moment to thank those key decision makers in person.