Insurance firm moves 300 staff to Bournemouth 'super centre' at old Abbey Life building

Bournemouth Echo: 100 Holdenhurst Road, which is now home to four companies from the UK arm of Arthur J Gallagher 100 Holdenhurst Road, which is now home to four companies from the UK arm of Arthur J Gallagher

AN INSURANCE broker has brought together 300 staff in a ‘super centre’ at Bournemouth’s former Abbey Life building.

The move by four companies from the UK arm of the Arthur J Gallagher group is thought to be Bournemouth’s biggest office letting since 2008.

The group has refurbished the 23,000sq ft premises at 100 Holdenhurst Road, known locally as the ‘wedding cake’ and originally built for Abbey Life.

It will be the US-based insurance broker’s biggest UK base outside London.

The move brings together staff from the group’s four locally based businesses – Deacon, Insure4Retirmeent, Charity Solutions and Deputy Bond.

The group says the premises has bespoke training facilities, state-of-the-art telephony and AV systems.

The businesses will have a centralised service team dealing with product development, pricing and IT as well as specialists in customer acquisition and retention strategy.

Andrew Wallin, managing director for the Direct business unit at Gallagher Insurance Solutions, said: “Our growth by acquisition means we now have four great specialist businesses operating in the Bournemouth area, which we knew would benefit from coming together to share expertise and best practice as they look to expand within the Gallagher family.

“Personal lines and specialist scheme insurance is a highly competitive and fast-moving business. We recognised that we needed to evolve our strategy to stay at the forefront of developments, which also demands a big investment in the latest technology and creation of a great working environment for our employees.”

Des O’Connor, MD of Gallagher Insurance Solutions, added: “Having spent the past two years building our business by selective acquisition, recruiting top talent and planning our path of expansion, 2014 is all about delivery. “Our new ‘super centre’ in Bournemouth now provides the ideal platform to execute our ambitious growth strategy.”

Arthur J Gallagher’s UK distribution arm is led by MD Des O’Connor and divided into two business units – Direct and Partnerships.

Arthur J Gallagher – the brand name for Arthur J Gallagher & Co outside the US – employs 3,500 staff across the UK, Australia, Singapore, the Caribbean, Canada, Chile and Norway.

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1:55pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ginginhio says...

Insure4retirmeent? Never heard of them
Insure4retirmeent? Never heard of them ginginhio
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4:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

Des O’Connor? never heard of him
Des O’Connor? never heard of him BoscVegas
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7:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Richard 1976 says...

Another dogs dinner of a building that looks ridiculously out of place.
Another dogs dinner of a building that looks ridiculously out of place. Richard 1976
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9:46pm Mon 24 Feb 14

GAHmusic says...

ginginhio wrote:
Insure4retirmeent? Never heard of them
I believe it belongs to David Holden the founder of RIAS
[quote][p][bold]ginginhio[/bold] wrote: Insure4retirmeent? Never heard of them[/p][/quote]I believe it belongs to David Holden the founder of RIAS GAHmusic
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11:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

BmthTom says...

The Echo needs to get their facts right. Arthur J Gallagher haven't refurbished the building, just one floor. Abbey Life are still in the building as are 2 other companies that have nothing to do with this new company.
The Echo needs to get their facts right. Arthur J Gallagher haven't refurbished the building, just one floor. Abbey Life are still in the building as are 2 other companies that have nothing to do with this new company. BmthTom
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