Willis Networks Attract Six New Members
Additions Bring Membership in Two Networks to 106 Independent Brokers
London, UK, April 1, 2010 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the
global insurance broker, today announced that six new members have joined Willis
Networks, its partnerships with local, independent insurance brokers in the UK, bringing
the networks’ combined membership to 106 firms.
Willis Networks is made up of the Willis Commercial Network (WCN), which represents brokers
placing annual premiums of between £3 million and £40 million, and Willis N2,
representing smaller community brokers with up to £3 million in annual premium placements.
Each of these networks has seen the addition of three new broker members
in the past few months.
The newest members of the WCN are Willis & Company (Insurance Brokers) Ltd.,
Waterfront Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Mitchell Charlesworth Insurance Solutions Limited.
Willis Commercial Network now has 85 members. Details of the new members are
- Willis & Company (no direct connection to Willis Group Holdings) is an independent brokerage
and financial services consultancy established in Belfast over 30 years ago and
the first in Northern Ireland to achieve gold accreditation from the Chartered Insurance
Institute (CII). Managing Director, Billy Bennington, comments, “Membership of WCN underpins our strategy
of continued independence and we look forward to the benefits of this key
development over the coming months”.
- Waterfront Insurance Brokers, based in Huddersfield, West
Yorkshire, was established in December 2009 and serves commercial manufacturing and
property owners. The new venture’s Principle, Steve Manning, has returned to the
Network after buying back his business, previously known as Wilkinson Rogers, from Oval.
- Mitchell Charlesworth Insurance Solutions Limited is a leading North West firm of
chartered accountants and business advisors with offices in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington
and Widnes. They have established a new general insurance brokerage.
Willis N2 announced that Absolute Insurance Brokers Ltd., Executive Benefit Consultancy Limited and
Wilsons Insurance Group will join the now 21-strong network:
- Absolute Insurance Brokers is a privately-owned and independent company, based in Croydon, Surrey.
Established in July 2009, Absolute aims to provide an exceptional personal service to
- Executive Benefit Consultancy Ltd, a financial services broker based in
Glasgow, was established more than 10 years ago. It plans to build on its
excellent client relationships to expand its new commercial insurance broking arm.
- Manchester-based Wilsons Insurance Group, established in 1969, has ambitious plans to develop its
commercial account with the support of the Network. The six new members
are in addition to the two new Northern Ireland-based Network Members, McCausland
Light & Rankin and Dickson & Co, that were announced in January.
Phil Scarrett, Managing Director, Willis Networks UK, said, "We are thrilled to have added
these six fine firms to our network – a great start to our year. We
hope this will set the pace for the rest of the year, as
we move closer to our goal of attracting more than 100 members to
each of these networks, respectively. Our network members enjoy the benefit of having
access to Willis’ global resources and expertise, allowing them to meet any client
need. We welcome our newest members and look forward to working with them
as part of our network community.”
Members of the Willis Networks receive technical and sales training from Willis, as well
as strategic marketing, compliance, business development and sales support. They also enjoy access
to Willis’ global resources and facilities, including its specialist divisions and training
programmes. By partnering with Willis but still maintaining their independence, Network members gain
increased leverage with insurers for better products, client servicing and policy terms.
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional
insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services
to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than
400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 17,000
Associates serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on
Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
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