Sunny smiles all round at January conference

There was a record turn-out for our annual conference when #teamcounty gathered to celebrate a milestone year in style.

More than 200 team members from branches across the country gave up their Saturday and braved a bleak January day to attend at Carden Park country hotel near Chester.

There, we met and mingled with 17 of the country’s top insurers, including household names such as Allianz, Axa and Ageas.

We all enjoyed meeting these underwriters and putting a ‘face to the name’ of people we deal with on a daily basis.

The conference, now in its fourth year, was a chance to hear about company growth, up a fantastic 30% in 2017, and learn more about 2017’s acquisitions – Thompson Brothers, Arthur Marsh, NMJ Insurance and Inspire Risk Management – all now under the County umbrella.

Other highlights included a new branch at Workington, a centre of excellence in Southport and another 128 people becoming part of the County family. Not to mention the little matter of winning Insurance Broker of the Year – what a triumph for #teamcounty.

The big ‘news story’ of the day was of course County’s sale to Global Risk Partners, making head office at Crewe its North West regional hub.

Great to hear its business as usual throughout our branches, and the management team, led by CEO Dave Clapp will stay in place. On top of that we expect to double in size over the next five years!

A new mission statement will support our journey. Commitment, respect, excellence, ambition, teamwork – all key elements on the path to success. Let’s build a future based on motivation and genuine support for colleagues. Help them be the best they can be.

The conference gave a chance to underpin these aims and pay tribute to those special people who make our business what it is. Stepping into the spotlight were 12 County Stars – all shining examples of going the extra mile to ensure top notch customer service.

All were rewarded with £500, champagne and a well-earned pat on the back.

A big thank you to all who attended and continue to make County a great company to do business with and be part of. Here’s to a great 2018.