Insurance company set to record ‘one of its best years ever’

The A-One Insurance Group management team – left to right – Managing Director Ian Penfold, IT and Fleet Director Matthew Hines, Operations Director Sarah Eades and Business Development Director Ryan Jupp.

INDEPENDENT insurance group A-One says it is on track to record one of its best years following “significant” growth in all areas of the business throughout the pandemic.

The company, which operates across the UK but has most of its offices in Dorset and Hampshire and a head office in Ringwood, has added 40 people to its teams over the past two years.

Chief Operating Officer Sarah Eades said: “Life insurance and protection has seen significant growth, as you would expect in the pandemic, but it is not the only area.

“We have expanded a number of our teams across the business to handle the additional demand we have seen.”

“Our financial year ends in March but we already know it will be a very good year for the group. We exceeded our objectives in the first nine months of the year and February and March are historically our busiest periods of the year. ‘year “.

The company said it saw “steady growth” in arranged insurance policies, driven largely by client referrals in the first 10 months of the year, and is expected to exceed all targets by the end of the year. year.

A-one said recruiting has been a challenge as demand has increased, however, the hybrid working model adopted by the company last summer has proven a popular incentive for new hires.

Ms Eades added: “Our hybrid program requires just two days in the office each week in our main offices and we have introduced it after consultation with all of our staff.

“We are strengthening our office culture with an increased series of initiatives, including organized work social events for different teams and the company as a whole to continue our family approach, which would undoubtedly be reduced by hybrid working.

“Providing our customers with the highest level of service is and always will be our priority, as will the well-being of our staff. We are proud to recognize the work-life balance needs of our teams.

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