Zurich UK has opened a new office in the UK to serve the East Anglia area.
According to the insurer, the Chelmsford office offers a specialist broker service across 10 regions. It added that this key “growth area” for Zurich has created up to 11 jobs for specialist underwriters.
To allow the new office to be flexible enough to scale, Zurich said that its Chelmsford office is based out of a WeWork space. It has also started growing out the East Anglia team with the recruitment of Nick Barratt as broker relationship manager. Barratt has extensive experience serving the local area, and has spent more than a decade working for companies such as AXA and Aviva.
Zurich also revealed in a release that it is hiring an additional four underwriters for the East Anglia team, who will join in the coming weeks.
“Regional brokers are an essential part of our growth strategy in the Zurich Retail business, and we recognise the value and importance of local trading and relationships,” said Zurich UK head of mid-market Sam Thomas (pictured). “To support our regional brokers and their clients, we want to give them access to local, empowered decision makers with a desire to trade, a broad appetite, and a strong customer centric proposition with fast responses. These are all key pillars of the Zurich regional mid-market proposition.”
Zurich UK currently has regional broker offices in Croydon, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast – they represent more than 500 employees across 10 regions.