AbbeyAutoline celebrates anniversary with new town-centre branch

Move is part of recent efforts to strengthen commercial lines business in the area

AbbeyAutoline celebrates anniversary with new town-centre branch

Insurance News

By Mika Pangilinan

AbbeyAutoline is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a major boost to its high street presence by relocating its Portadown branch to a new town-centre location.

The new branch is located on Market Street and is part of the Northern Ireland brokerage’s efforts to strengthen its well-established commercial lines business in Portadown following the acquisition of BMG Insurance, which had its headquarters in the same area.

As part of the move, AbbeyAutoline has invested significantly in the new premises, with plans to employ nine full-time employees and two part-time staff.

Leading the new branch is Ciaran McGurgan, who will be working with a team of commercial lines specialists focused on providing expert insurance solutions for local businesses, including sole traders, small to medium sized enterprises, farms, haulage firms, taxi drivers, and large-scale manufacturers.  

AbbeyAutoline’s commercial product portfolio encompasses professional and general liability, product and employer liability, property and machinery, vehicle, business interruption, and data breach insurance.

The new branch will also include Kathy McConaghy, who will be leading a team of personal lines experts dedicated to serving local customers across a range of personalized insurance products such as car, home, young driver, travel, and motorbike insurance.

Together, McGurgan and McConaghy have over 40 years of experience in the insurance sector. Their efforts to support the new branch will be bolstered by a team of staff members who transitioned to AbbeyAutoline as part of the BMG acquisition.

AbbeyAutoline managing director Julie Gibbons expressed her delight at the new Portadown branch, emphasising the company’s enduring commitment to serving local communities throughout Northern Ireland.

“In this new chapter for Portadown, we will build upon the excellent reputation and strong foundation established by BMG Insurance, with Ciaran McGurgan, now head of haulage for AbbeyAutoline, leading an expert commercial lines team who are equipped to help businesses respond to the specific challenges of the region,” said Gibbons.

“Guided by Kathy McConaghy’s exceptional leadership and expertise, our dedicated personal lines team are committed to delivering tailor-made solutions for our valued customers.”

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