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Wednesday November 14 2018

Merger moves insurance giant to new HQ


Newly-formed Bollington Wilson Group moves into state-of-the-art 27,000 square foot office facility and plans recruitment drive



Merger moves insurance giant to new HQ

Leading insurance broker, Bollington Wilson Group , which serves 140,000 customers nationwide from the North West, and a further 7,000 via its underwriting company, is expanding its operations with the opening of a state-of-the-art office facility in Sale, Manchester.

The move comes following a merger last year between Bollington Insurance and Wilsons Insurance which has created one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers.

The new group controls premiums in excess of £150,000,000 and is going through a period of unprecedented growth, which it will now continue from the large Clipper House development, in Sale.

The new HQ was officially opened on 7th November by former Sale Sharks, England, and British Lions rugby union star Mark Cueto MBE, who is now the commercial director at Sale Sharks.

The new office will accommodate the relocation of all staff from Bollington’s corporate insurance office in Altrincham, as well as some departments from existing offices in Macclesfield. Clipper House in Sale will be home to over 200 of its 450 employees, with plans to welcome up to 100 new staff members as the business continues to grow. The firm will also continue to operate from its Macclesfield and Liverpool locations.

Bollington Wilson Group CEO, Paul Moors, said: “Bollington has had several years of solid growth expanding on our core areas of corporate insurance, motor trade and care insurance, into a specialist niche and affinity insurance broker. Building on this we wanted to expand our offering and increase our market share, which resulted in the merged operations with Wilsons Insurance Group. We are now in an enviable position of having a diverse, successful base from where we can grow organically and through acquisition. To accommodate this, we have had to reassess our office spaces and Clipper House was an ideal new additional location for us.

“Our sales teams across all product lines can now work under one roof and we’ve been able to bring two diverse business cultures together as we all work towards our unified vision. Employee engagement and wellbeing is a big focus for us as we continue to expand, and the office move has allowed us to continue with this. We’ve had a state-of-the-art gym built into the new building and created shared office space that benefits how teams work together.”

Bollington works closely with Sale Sharks and was delighted that Mark Cueto was able to perform the opening ceremony. “We have strong links with Bollington. It actively sponsors our 100 Club initiative which supports the development of local rugby clubs in the North West. The involvement of Bollington allows clubs to provide development paths for their players and coaches, with direct support from Sale Sharks, and potentially secure additional revenues for themselves. I am delighted to open this fantastic facility for them”

As a result of its merger, the insurance group is able to offer a full range of commercial and personal lines insurance products.  It has access to a larger combined panel of insurers and instantly grew its experienced in-house underwriting, claims and risk management teams.

It maintains its existing brands, Bollington Insurance, ChoiceQuote, Quoteline Direct and Wilsons Insurance.

 Following its expansion, the Group has 16 live roles which are open for applications here with more planned across Cheshire and Greater Manchester.



"Bollington has had several years of solid growth expanding on our core areas of corporate insurance, motor trade and care insurance, into a specialist niche and affinity insurance broker"
Bollington Wilson Group CEO, Paul Moors








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