The latest news and insight from ERS


Introducing Ian Smedley, our Regional Development Manager for the South East

At ERS we’re proudly broker-focused, and that means serving the needs of brokers wherever they’re based in the UK. To that end, we have a team of regional motor insurance experts throughout the country, making sure we give our brokers the face-to-face support they need. We recently caught up with one of the team, Ian Smedley, to hear about the latest from the Kent, Sussex, London and Essex market.

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ERS Opinion - Motor Premiums in 2020

In November 2019, Ernst & Young analysed the performance of the UK motor market and summarised that, whilst 2017 and 2018 were the first two consecutive years of profit for the motor insurance market in the last 40 years, their view was that in 2019, many insurers hadn’t increased their rates enough to cover claims inflation.

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Keeping agri vehicles out of harm’s way this winter

Malcolm Cawsey, Product Manager for Agriculture talks us through how organisations are gearing up for the cold weather, and provides his check-list on things to look out for to make sure their Agri motors are protected for the winter weather ahead

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Sporting winners still struggle to compete in the insurance game

In just a few days’ time, one of an elite group of six athletes will walk away with one of the most coveted prizes in British sport: the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award.

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Preparing for winter – 5 top tips for classic car owners

The temperature will soon be plummeting…which means it’s the time of year when many classic car owners decide to retreat from the road and shut up their classics & collections for the winter. However, like the art of driving itself, there’s a special knack to preparing your car for the season ahead, so we sat down with our senior underwriter Steve Simpson to ask for his tips on how owners can keep their vehicle safe and sound this winter.

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Amanda Blanc to become Chair of ERS

Specialist motor insurer ERS today announced the proposed appointment of Amanda Blanc as non-executive director and Chair-designate of ERSSML, the managing agent of Syndicate 218 at Lloyd’s, and as a non-executive director of its holding company, ERS DGB Ltd. Amanda’s proposed appointment as Chair of ERSSML means she would follow Patrick O’Sullivan as Chairman of ERSSML next year. Amanda’s appointments would take effect on 2nd January 2020 and are subject to regulatory approval.

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Still raising the bar at 110: the Bugatti legend goes on

Our Prestige team is comprised of true supercar fanatics, and it’s fair to say that few topics light up their eyes like the mention of ‘Bugatti’, which is this year celebrating its 110 year anniversary.

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​Introducing Pauline Palmer, Regional Business Development Manager for Midlands

Building stronger broker relationships doesn’t just happen online or over the phone. It requires us to get out there and meet our brokers, wherever they’re based in the UK. We’re continuing to expand our presence by recruiting regional development managers who can bring many years’ region-specific expertise to the table, and we recently sat down with our new recruit, Pauline Palmer, to learn more about her Midlands remit and her priorities for the year ahead…

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British entertainment is booming – but entertainers need our support more than ever

Huge congratulations to all of the winners at yesterday’s’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards. It’s been another amazing year for UK stage productions and it was fantastic to see luminaries and legends such as Dame Maggie Smith, Andrew Scott and Sir Ian McKellen awarded for their performances during the 2019 awards ceremony.

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​Classic car considerations for 2020 by Steve Simpson

The classic car market is fabled for its stability and consistency, but it’s still vitally important for us to keep up with emerging industry trends, changing customer preferences, and of course, evolving broker needs.

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