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Recognising excellence across Broker Network

We’ve been blown away by the sheer number of awards nominations and wins we’ve seen across the Network recently, with Members, Partners and our in-house teams all seeing their achievements put in the spotlight.

Insurance Times Awards

Congratulations to Broker Network Member The Risk Factor who won not only one but two awards at the Insurance Times Awards.

The team were awarded gold in both the Customer Champion of the Year and Schemes Broker of the Year categories.

Rhiannon Bates, Managing Director at The Risk Factor, has some top tips for other brokers thinking of entering awards next year. “Everyone wants to go for Independent Broker of the Year or Commercial Broker of the Year – and I say go for it. But also have a look at the rest of the list and think creatively about what else you might qualify for.

“Think about why you are entering the award, and which audience you’re trying to impress. For us, an award for diversity and inclusion, and championing customers’ needs, was most appropriate for what our clients are looking for. What fits for your clients?

“Remember that this is also a great opportunity to create a buzz with your staff; as well as the insurers and business partners you work with. And the awards providers never publish a list of people who didn’t get through to the shortlist – you’ve got nothing to lose!”

Rhiannon adds that once you’ve decided on your category, the hardest part is sticking to the tight word count. “I write as if I have no word count, then refine and refine, and focus on the strongest points. Use the judges’ criteria and look at how you can tell your story of going above and beyond the day job to make something smarter, better, or stronger.”

Insurance Post’s Digital and Insurtech Awards

We are delighted to say that our Marketing Consultancy have recently won a third prestigious industry award. The team received the Customer Experience Award – Intermediary in the Insurance Post’s Digital and Insurtech Awards 2018 for the Marketing Portal.

Ellie Dreisenstock, Head of Marketing Consultancy, says, “This project was a year in the making with everyone in the team involved in the planning, designing and development of this significant piece of work, which is now used daily as valuable marketing tool by our brokers.

“We submitted the award entry knowing that we would be up against some extremely strong digital contenders, so we were slightly shocked but very excited to have been shortlisted and even more surprised and delighted to have won.”

Rising Stars

The team at Lockyers have taken home silverware this year for Managing Director Martin Weaver. Martin was presented with the Trevor Williamson Memorial Prize for the best Diploma in Insurance completion by the CII Leeds branch, having achieved the highest mark of all those who took the test across the Leeds area.

Martin comments, “Personally, I feel honoured to receive this award and I’m thankful that the hard work has paid off. I’m already putting my knowledge to good use, working with the Lockyers team to help our clients get the right protection.”

Martin isn’t the only individual to have been recognised within the Network over the past few months. Alison Fordham, Corporate Events Manager at Broker Network, was named as one of Conference News’ 30 under Thirty for 2018. We’re sure you’ll agree that Alison did a fantastic job in organising the National Conference and it’s great to see that she is getting the recognition that she deserves.

Learning At Work Week Awards

We’re delighted to say that the Learning Network team won an award this year’s Learning at Work Week 2018 Awards, and have been Highly Commended in another category.

The team have won the ‘ Innovation in Learning and Development’ Award for 2018 in the SME category; and the judges have also awarded The Learning Network a Highly Commended for the ‘OCN London Inspiring Learning for All’ Award to recognise the high quality of their entry.

Madeline Burton-Cole, Learning & Development Executive, comments, “We’ve worked incredibly hard this year to introduce learning and development to those we work with here at Broker Network and we are pleased that this has been recognised externally. Now onto the next one.”

Broker Network Awards

We celebrated our Members success with our second Broker Network Awards at the National Conference. We were thrilled to see their delight as they won.

The winners were:

Young Broker of the Year

Ben Amos at Caleb Roberts Insurances Services and Chris Edwards at Edwards Insurance Brokers

Growth Strategy of the Year

Gravity Risk Services Ltd

Innovation of the Year

Weald Insurance Brokers Ltd

Start-up Broker of the Year

The Risk Factor

Personal Lines Broker of the Year

Norton Insurance

Commercial Lines Broker of the Year

Lockyers Insurance

Independent Broker of the Year

Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers Ltd

Broker Network Awards in the press

We’re always thrilled to see our Members in the press, so we’re doubly excited to see two of our brokers making the headlines thanks to their Broker Network Award wins. Premier Member, Bennett Christmas received local media coverage in the Brighton Argus for their Independent Insurance Broker of the Year Award win.

Meanwhile another of our Premier Members, Gravity Risk Services, had their Growth Strategy of the Year Award success picked up by regional media outlet Midlands Business News.

Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated for and won awards!

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