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Press Play: Live – what our Members said about the virtual conference

It has been a month since our first virtual conference and the positive feedback from Members who attended, as well as our 2020 Broker Network Awards winners, has been coming in thick and fast.

Press Play: Live was a hit with brokers and insurers alike, with the deals struck as a direct result of the event exceeding £4m. The success of the event has even made the headlines with the Insurance Times.

However, don’t just take our word for it, here is what our Members said about Press Play: Live and their award wins…

Karen Weir, Director at Weir Insurance Brokers Ltd, who won Compliance Broker of the Year 2020, said: “We are totally thrilled to get this award. Steve White, Chief Executive of BIBA, recently quoted that 26% of insurance brokers ‘costs’ are taken up with regulatory issues, and this is staggering!

“It is great to be recognised for our efforts of putting our customers and our regulatory obligations at the heart of everything we do. Sometimes it can feel like overkill, but we do it because it is the right thing to do, especially in an industry which needs to work really hard to regain public confidence. It makes everything worthwhile, thank you Broker Network, the conference was great.”

By the same token, Damian Collett, Managing Director at Grove & Dean Ltd, expressed his gratitude for their accolade in the Broker Network Awards: “Grove & Dean is delighted to have been named Personal Lines Broker of the Year by Broker Network. It’s always great to receive recognition for our work, especially in these challenging times, and it’s fantastic to have an award to show for all the hard work our team have put in over the past year.”

In addition, Laurence O’Connor, Managing Director of Financial Affairs Limited, was delighted at the brokerage being named Personal Lines Broker of the Year 2020. He said: “Winning this award was a fantastic surprise for the Financial Affairs team. It is great to be recognised by our industry and is a testament to the high levels of quality and service we deliver each and every day.”

Award winners Daulby Read also echoed their thanks. Peter Goddard, Managing Director, added: “We feel privileged to win the Network Broker of the Year, especially as there are so many great brokerages involved within the Network. Over the last couple of years, with Broker Network’s support, we’ve raised our standards within the brokerage, and this award is a testament to the whole team’s hard work.

“I never thought I’d get much out of a virtual conference, but after seven meetings, we came out with two new partners and a delegated authority.”

Many Members have iterated how they were able to take advantage of the event by booking several meetings with insurers. As Amit Patel, Managing Director of Anami Agencies, explains: “I really enjoyed the event. The 20-minute speed dating style meetings were ideal, as it cut out all the unnecessary chat and went straight into business.”

Similarly, Mike Jeffery, Managing Director at Jeffery Associates, found the one-to-one sessions beneficial. He told us: “I had a Press Play one-to-one with CFC Underwriting, which was a very useful and informative session. As always, Broker Network have done an excellent job setting up the event.”

Press Play: Live was just the start; if you’re a Member and you want to discuss your clients’ risks with a particular Insurer Partner, please speak to your BDM.

Not a Member? To discover more about becoming part of Broker Network, please speak to Alexa Owen, Network Sales Executive, by calling 07483 929046 or emailing  

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