Insurance broker welcomes former Chamber president on board

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 29 Nov 2017

IMMEDIATE past president of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, Steve Eastwood, has joined Alan Boswell Group as an account executive.

The company expanded into Lincolnshire with the acquisition of Sutcliffe Solloway & Company insurance brokers in April, with Mr Eastwood arriving in the Laceby office to boost the team.

He is described as bringing a high level of local knowledge to the group, having been active within the community in his role, and worked in insurance on the North Bank for several years. 

Mr Eastwood said: “As immediate past president of Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, I know the area well and the benefits of being part of the local business community.  We’re looking forward to helping other organisations in the area with their insurance requirements and ensuring they are fully compliant.”

Of the business, renamed Alan Boswell Insurance Advisers following the buy-out, Mr Eastwood said: “It is a strong local broker that has been around for 40 years, and now in this day and age, in insurance broking, you need some real buying power. It is best to be part of a bigger group. 

“It has been bought by a company that has similar aspirations and similar ethics. It makes it a significant player in the market. It is quite a big group with more scope.” 

The 30-strong team across the Laceby and Boston offices have swelled the ranks in the Norfolk business to more than 300, having been launched in 1982. It is seen as one of few staying local to its core areas, as others are bought up and then sucked into cities such as Leeds and Manchester.

It places £90 million of premiums annually, and rather than centralising from what is a pushing of the geographical boundaries, the accounts team in North East Lincolnshire have seen more work come in, with extra responsibilities from other branches.

“I am convinced Grimsby is being looked at as a step outside the normal boundaries,” Mr Eastwood said. “We are at the outer limits, and it is quite clear the objective is for us to grow.”

Welcoming him to Laceby was fellow account executive John Ramsden.

“It is nice to have Steve on board, as we can now push on,” he said. “It is an investment by Alan Boswell Group to support him, and bringing in business helps us to grow the branch.” 

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