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Willis Towers Watson Appoints New Senior Leadership Team for Great Britain

Willis Towers Watson, the global advisory, broking and solutions company, announced a group of senior leadership appointments within its Great Britain business. Ailsa King will lead the Client Organisation in Great Britain, which will embrace sales, account management, regional development, industry focus and …

Storm Frank Batters North Britain; Total Storm Losses Could Top $4.5 Billion

Torrential rain and gale force winds battered northern Britain on Wednesday, cutting power to thousands of homes and forcing some to evacuate flooded streets in the third major storm in a month. The Environment Agency said Britain had faced an …

Update: U.K. Insurers Face Flood Claims up to $2.2B – with More Storms Ahead

Insurers are facing some of the costliest British floods on record as large parts of northern England, already inundated, brace for more heavy rain. Accountants estimate that insurers are currently facing a bill of up to 1.5 billion pounds ($2.22 …

UK’s Chancellor of Exchequer to Double Budget to Fight Cyber Terrorism

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced he’ll double funding to strengthen the U.K.’s cyber defenses, while refusing to confirm that budget cuts to be announced next week would spare Britain’s police forces, as Europe braces for further attacks from Islamist extremists. The …

HSB Engineering Insurance Launches Cyber Insurance Cover for UK SMEs

HSB Engineering Insurance has launched a new cyber insurance product aimed directly at small to medium-sized businesses in the U.K. In response to the growing demand for insurance solutions to cover cyber risks, HSB’s Cyber Insurance product provides computer, data …

JLT Employee Benefits to Buy Corporate Unit of Close Brothers Asset Mgmt

JLT Employee Benefits has agreed to acquire the corporate business of Close Brothers Asset Management Limited for an undisclosed value. JLT EB said the deal will boost its client portfolio and strengthen its market share in pension administration, investment consulting …

UK Chancellor of Exchequer Angers Insurers by Raising Premium Tax

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne angered Britain’s insurance industry by unexpectedly increasing a tax on policy holders that is expected to raise an extra 1.8 billion pounds ($2.8 billion). The insurance premium tax will be increased to 9.5 percent …

Hiscox Strengthens UK Motor Offering with Purchase of RH Specialist Insurance

Bermuda-based specialist insurer Hiscox announced it has reached an agreement with Willis to acquire its specialist UK classic car business, RH Specialist Insurance. This acquisition complements Hiscox’s existing expertise in the motor market, having offered specialist and classic car insurance …

UK SMEs Fail to Outsource Non-Core Business Activities: Broker Survey

A significant number of leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the United Kingdom perform a lot of tasks outside their job descriptions, instead of outsourcing these to insurance brokers, recruiters or IT specialists, according to research carried out …

Many UK Businesses Do Not Take Risk Culture Seriously: QBE Europe Survey

The vast majority of UK businesses (70 percent) are failing to address the importance of embedding a positive risk culture*, according to survey conducted by UK business insurance specialist QBE European Operations, which is part of Australia’s QBE Insurance Group. QBE …