The County Group celebrates industry accolade and further expansion

(L-R) Compliance Manager – Linda Catterall, Head of Business Change – Mark Hallam, Branch Director – Gemma Milburn, Head of Marketing – Claire Smith, Branch Support Officer – Andrew Johnson and Branch Manager – Louise Lindenblatt

We are celebrating further expansion hot on the heels of scooping a major industry award.

We acquired NMJ Insurance Brokers Limited, a £7.5m GWP broker with sites in Glossop, Scunthorpe, Belper and Bakewell on October 2nd 2017, bringing our total number of branches to 25 across the country.

This summer we were named Insurance Broker of the Year at the British Insurance Awards after demonstrating first class customer service across our personal and business insurance product lines.

CEO Dave Clapp, his Deputy Alastair Christopherson and Chief Sales Officer Kevin Catterall accepted the award at London’s Royal Albert Hall before a crowd of more than 2,000 guests drawn from the industry.

Mr Clapp said: “Our success is largely down to our commitment to excellent service, which all members of staff contribute to, whether that’s speaking to clients directly or ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the business which impacts massively on customer experience.”

NMJ Insurance, offers personal and commercial insurance products, and adds to a rapidly expanding portfolio for The County Group which started as a small high street broker in 2003 and now handles more than £80m worth of client premiums.

Our other recent acquisitions have included Arthur Marsh, a large commercial broker based in Birmingham and Thompson Brothers located in Stockport, both offer personal and commercial insurance services.

Dave commented: “Our whole business model is built around great people delivering a great service from all of our locations throughout UK and we now have a larger footprint to deliver this from.”

The County Group has won ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on two occasions and is the current holder of the title.

A move from Fourth Avenue in Crewe to a 10,000sq ft head office on Westmere Drive last summer has seen the local workforce swell to more than 100.

Community broking and investing in local clubs and charities plays a key role in our business activities. The County Group logo is a familiar sight with football fans as sponsor of Nantwich Town FC this season.

Head of Marketing Claire Smith added: “It’s been rewarding seeing the club progress and bigger crowds. We hope this will encourage other businesses to provide much-needed funds for a non-league side such as Nantwich.”