It has only been five months since Broker Network Partners came to be known as Ethos Broking but already the rebranded entity is making quite an impact. The latest to come into its fold is regional broking powerhouse Bennett Christmas Group.
The latter – which includes Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers, BC Underwriting, and BC Health & Safety – controls in excess of £17 million in gross written premium from its Burgess Hill premises, which will be retained. Its current workforce of more than 50 people will also become part of Ethos Broking as part of the swoop, financial details of which were not disclosed.
“Ethos Broking was the obvious new home for the Bennett Christmas team,” noted Bennett Christmas chief executive Mark Bennett. “We know Des O’Connor and the team well and have benefitted from a strong relationship as a member of Broker Network for a number of years. They understand what it’s like to be an independent broker.
“Bennett Christmas is and always has been about our people and customers, and the partnership with Ethos Broking is a perfect fit and will boost our offering. In an industry dominated by online insurance providers, we deliver a vital service to our customers – demystifying the market, doing the legwork and having their back in a claim.”
Also led by Roger Christmas, Tom Stripp, Anna Prestwich, and Viv Cooper, the business came to life in West Sussex in 1967. It recently acquired the likes of Cardale Assurance Facilities as part of its ambitious expansion strategy.
“It’s fantastic to add another strong independent broker to our family,” commented Ethos Broking managing director Richard Tuplin. “The Bennett Christmas team has a compelling culture which centres on caring and delivering for their customers; an ethos which aligns solidly with ours.
“We’re looking forward to working together to broaden the offering for customers in the South East, while also supporting Bennett Christmas’s growth plans.”