At a time when many companies are being forced to tighten their belts, Aston Lark has proved that expansion is still very much in its sights with the announcement of a new office.
The company has secured a new office in Cheltenham, which will cover the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire as well as expanding further afield across the Midlands and South West. It will be headed up by the company’s new associate director, Jim Stevenson (pictured), who joins after a 19-year career at Marsh Commercial, Jelf and Clarke Roxburgh, as well as a further 12 years at Aviva, Commercial Union, CGU and Norwich Union.
“I had a great opportunity to reflect and consider my next role carefully. Aston Lark has had an exceptional trajectory since its merger, with integrity and customers at the core of its strategy,” he said. “The recent investment by Goldman Sachs continues to drive growth and I look forward to working with Peter and the Aston Lark team to introduce their insurance and employee benefits proposition into this greenfield region for the group.
“Increasingly in this current climate, businesses focused on sustainable growth must surround themselves with advisers who support all their operations, supply chain and people. Aston Lark will adapt and evolve with a ceaseless focus on good customer outcomes and agility to become the broker of choice for customers, insurers, employees, affiliates and other brokers that might consider Aston Lark as the ideal home for their business when the time is right.”
Group CEO Peter Blanc added that the move is indicative of the company thinking first and foremost about its clients.
“Jim clearly shares our passion for customer service and, with his wealth of experience and depth of relationships, I’m looking forward to seeing our new Cheltenham office go from strength to strength,” he said. “We plan to carry on recruiting and growing organically across the country and welcome discussions with like-minded individuals. I wish Jim all the very best as he builds a new office from scratch as part of the Aston Lark family.”