Willis Networks, a partnership between Willis Group Holdings and local, independent brokers in the UK, is this week celebrating its 10th anniversary and 100th member at its annual forum which starts tomorrow.
Willis Networks was established in 1999 and is comprised of the “Willis Commercial Network, representing brokers placing annual premiums of between £3 million [$4.97 million] to £25 million [$41.4 million], and Willis N², which represents community brokers with up to £3 million in annual premium,” said the bulletin. “Willis Network members now place over £300 million [$497 million] of premiums via network agencies.
“New additions to Willis N² include Alfreton Insurance Services Limited, New Start Insurance Brokers Limited and Donald Insurance, taking the total number of N² members up to 20. The Willis Commercial Network welcomed Insureness Limited, Ainley’s Insurance Brokers Limited and Hamilton Leigh Limited increasing its membership to 80, and taking the total number of Willis Networks members to 100.
“To celebrate 10 years of success, more than 100 delegates, including network members and senior insurance representatives, will congregate tomorrow for the annual Willis Commercial Network Forum. Themed ‘How to Survive Thrive in a Recession,’ the conference will feature two days of strategic networking, presentations and workshops. This year’s speakers include Stuart Chambers from the Warwick Business School; Jim Lawless, CEO of change and communication company Optimize; and motivational speaker Dr. Frank Dick, OBE.”
Willis also announced that in connection with the anniversary it will also unveil a new-look website – www.willisnetworks.co.uk – tomorrow , “which features enhanced functionality, the latest news and exclusive online zones for members.”
Mark Radburn, Managing Director of Willis Networks, commented: “Ten years ago we promised our founding members that they would remain independent and that by partnering with Willis, they would have access to our global resources and facilities and would gain increased leverage with insurers for better products, client servicing and policy terms. We are proud to say that we’ve kept our promise and that we are well on our way to becoming the leading partnership of our kind in the UK. I would like to thank all our members and our insurer partners for their support.”
Source: Willis Group Holdings – www.willis.com