Life is full of milestones. First steps. First words. First day of school. All of them triumphs and successes. But what does success look like for a company? Your first customer? Your first million? A new office? Again, all significant achievements. But there’s something particularly satisfying about hitting a nice, large number. Almost 12 years ago to the day our first customer came through the proverbial Kingsbridge doors. In a slightly uncanny piece of synchronicity, a few weeks back those same doors opened for our 50,000th customer.
Annually, the good people at APSCo hold a ball in support of a chosen charity. Each year the ball has a theme. 2017, for example, had ‘Miami Beach’. 2018 was based around the idea of ‘Aloha’. This year, on Friday 14th June, they’re going for something a little different – ‘Enter the Dragon’. Think Bruce Lee. Chinese dragons. Cheongsams. With centuries worth of Chinese tradition to choose from, it should be a spectacular event for all those in attendance.
On 15th and 16th May the Kingsbridge Group will be entering a team into the 2019 BIBA Hackathon. Featuring Nathan Halsey, Stuart Bell and Simon Wilkinson from Kingsbridge Contractor Insurance, John Clarke from Kingsbridge Insurance Brokers, Ed Woodcock from Dinghy and Matt Tyler from Larsen Howie, the team will join seven other groups from a variety of insurance and tech backgrounds to tackle challenges and work collaboratively in order to come up with some ground breaking innovations.
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.
We’ve had a busy few months at Kingsbridge HQ. September to December is very much awards season in the business world. Having made it to the very final stage of both APSCo Affiliate of the Year and Business of the Year at the Gloucestershire Business Awards only to be pipped at the post on the evening, we were delighted to win Independent Broker of the Year at the Insurance Times Awards last night.
Seen as the most prestigious event in the insurance industry calendar, the ITA’s welcomed all of the industry’s biggest players to the InterContinental at the O2 in London to celebrate a year’s worth of outstanding achievement. To win such a highly-regarded award in the company of our peers (and host Jimmy Carr) was an honour and one that was well-deserved in light of the continued growth and success of the business.
The judges gave the following rationale for the victory: “To grow fast as an independent broker you need to focus your expertise. The winner has done just that, working with recruiters to identify contractors who are under-insured, building relationships with over 400 recruitment firms across the UK, and rapidly growing turnover to £12m and profit to £5m.”
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our customers, to our business partners, and to our staff for the continued hard work they put into making Kingsbridge what it is today.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to celebrate!
It’s always nice to gain recognition for the work you’ve put in. To be rewarded for your efforts. To receive a pat on the back for a job well done. At Kingsbridge, our focus is always on our customers and providing the strongest service possible. Whether that’s offering the best package of insurance on the market or taking the time to make a simple phone call after a purchase to check that everything is ok, we always strive to go the extra mile.
That’s why we’re always delighted when we hear we’ve made the final shortlist for an awards category. Over the last few weeks we’ve picked up a few nominations: Business of the Year at the Gloucestershire Business Awards, Independent Broker of the Year at the Insurance Times Awards, and Affiliate of the Year at the APSCo Awards for Excellence. We’re very proud to have made the final shortlist for all 3. Time will tell if we take home the trophies themselves, but it’s an honour to triumph over a number of other businesses and reach the home stretch.
We wish the best of luck to all of our fellow nominees, and want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in getting us to this point. The winners will be announced over the next few months, and we’ll update you right here. Make sure to check back in soon!
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.
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?