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One Broker proud to announce Blood Bikes as its Charity of the Year

Blood Bikes

Following a staff vote for a local charity, the One Broker group is supporting Blood Bikes as its Charity of the Year.

The organisation is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and specialises in transporting blood, medical equipment and donated breast milk to NHS patients, providing an essential, life-saving service. Blood Bikes serves the communities of East Anglia.

Following the news of being nominated as One Broker Charity of the Year, Cindy Dickerson, Chairman of the Cambridge area of Blood Bikes, said "The Bloodrunners are delighted to have been selected by the employees of One Broker as its chosen Charity and we are looking forward to working closely together. This year we hit our 4000th run since starting in 2010, a very important achievement for us".

Norfolk branch Treasurer, Keith Grisedale’s comments emphasised this "The need for SERV Norfolk’s services has grown from 60 runs in 2011 to over 1000 last year and I expect it to be nearly 1500 this year so support from businesses like One Broker is crucial".

Managing Director, Robin Plaster, added "It’s great to be supporting Blood Bikes, especially as they are local to our three offices. One Broker likes to be part of the community and the team is excited to really get involved".

To find out more about the Blood Bikes, visit www.bloodbikes.org.uk.

To visit the Norfolk branch, go to www.servnorfolk.org.uk and for SERV Cambridgeshire and Suffolk servsc.org.uk.

Published 7th June 2017

Cyclists from the One Broker Group complete 100 miles for Norwich Charity Bike Ride

Danny Hawkins, Hugo Plaster, Henry Plaster, Andy Wilson and Ian Limeburner

On Sunday the 4th of June, One Broker’s very own Famous 5 cycled the Norwich 50/100, raising money for the British Heart Foundation, the event organiser’s selected charity.

Setting off from The Forum, they headed off in the direction of Holkham Hall, taking in the dazzling North Norfolk coastline including Walcott, Mundesley and Sheringham before circling back through picturesque landscapes to Aylsham. Crossing the finish line in the early afternoon at Norwich’s Bishopsgate, the cyclists looked understandably weary following their 7 hour ride but appeared to have enjoyed their day.

Henry Plaster, Trainee Broking Technician who is currently working on a new scheme for the One Broker group, One Guarantee, said "At times it was tough going but we have had a brilliant day. Cycling in our One Broker jerseys while raising money for the British Heart Foundation has been really gratifying but I must say that when I go back to work tomorrow, I’ll be avoiding the stairs!".

(Pictured left to right: Danny Hawkins, Hugo Plaster, Henry Plaster, Andy Wilson and Ian Limeburner)

Published 5th June 2017

Local insurance broking group, One Broker, raise over £800 for leading disability charity, Papworth Trust

Papworth Trust cheque

One of East Anglia’s most noted insurance broking groups, One Broker, has donated £813 to the Papworth Trust, a charity that supports the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities.

The cheque was presented to the Trust by Director, Phil Thorpe, representing NWBIB Ltd in Cambridge who are part of the One Broker Group. Handing over the donation in the glorious garden in the Cambridge Centre, he said: "It is a very proud moment in our history to be supporting a charity that does such amazing work in the local area, right on the door step of our office". The funds were raised by the company’s WeLoveTenants scheme, with £1 being donated to Papworth for every new policy that was bought online.

Founded 100 years ago in Cambridge as a centre to manage tuberculosis, the Papworth Trust has worked continuously with disabled individuals, supporting thousands of people, their families, and carers over the years. Offering a range of activities, including everything from cooking and cake decorating, to film making and song writing, the Trust’s Cambridge Centre on Hawthorne Way offers a retreat of fun and entertainment to people with physical, learning or sensory disabilities.

Jo Revitt, Corporate Partnership Fundraiser at Papworth Trust, said: "We are very grateful to everyone connected with One Broker for this very kind and generous way of supporting disabled people living in their community."

Published 2nd June 2017

One Broker raises money for Comic Relief

Comic relief

One Broker would like to say a big thank you to all staff who took part in fundraising activities for Comic Relief 2017.

Staff took part in a range of activities during the week including donating food for bake sales, testing their knowledge with a general knowledge quiz and wearing red on Red Nose Day. Activities were held across it’s Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Norwich sites, with the team collectively raising £200 for the charity.

Published 27th March 2017

Ogden Discount Rate and Effect on the Insurance Market

You will now be aware that the Government has taken the decision to change the way in which the cost of serious injury claims is calculated.

On 27 February, the Lord Chancellor confirmed that the Discount Rate, a key component of this calculation concerning future costs, is to be reduced from the current level of 2.5% to -0.75%. The change takes effect from 20 March 2017 and will have a significant impact on the cost of the most serious injury claims. A leading Insurance Company has predicted the overall cost to the industry on all impacted claims outstanding at 20 March is to be £7bn, with a further additional annual cost of around £1.2bn thereafter.

What does the reform mean?

The change will impact the cost of insurance for products which cover injury claims, mainly Commercial Motor, Employers’, Public and Products Liability insurance. The precise impact will vary depending on a range of factors. But we expect most insurers and particularly those with a large motor based book to increase prices to help cover the cost of these changes. As yet we are uncertain by how much, but increases are expected.

What happens next?

Insurers are engaging with Government to make sure they understand the effect this decision will have on millions of people. Following a meeting between the Chancellor and industry leaders, we welcome their commitment to review the process.

Insurers will continue to make their voice heard to ensure that in the future, personal injury discount rates are set at a level that is fair to both the injured and businesses.

What will we be doing

Rest assured we will be ensuring any effect of this proposed change will be minimised as much as possible and we will strive to ensure that clients premiums remain competitive. We will discuss these changes when we see you next, but if you wanted to get clarification now please contact your Account Executive.

Published 17th March 2017

Another fantastic appointment to One of East Anglia’s leading Insurance Broking Groups

One Broker Ltd has welcomed Samantha Read as their Group HR Manager. Samantha boasts over a decade of HR experience a degree in HR management and is part CIPD qualified in addition to a background of HR within the insurance sector. Robin Plaster CEO said "Samantha is the latest member to be welcomed into the group, she is exactly what we need in the team to push forwards our future development plans. One Broker has seen a substantial increase in staff over the past few months going from strength to strength in the Insurance broking arena."

One Broker Ltd is made up of KTIB in Norwich, NWBIB in Cambridge and PJW in Bishops Stortford ranking in the top 50 Independent Commercial Insurance Brokers in the UK.*

(Pictured left to right: Robin Plaster and Samantha Read)

*Insurance Age Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers 2016

Published 13th January 2017

2016 in review

2016 was another super year for One Broker seeing Insurance Age ranking us in its Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers list again as well as becoming a member of the Future 50 and a finalist for Insurance Age Commercial Insurance Broker of the Year. We now have a business development team for the group to help with our long-term development and have recruited a top flight Financial Controller.

NWBIB Ltd launched WeLoveMusicians aimed at professional and non-professional musicians and the WeLoveLettings team were finalists in the Landlord and Lettings Awards. Meanwhile KTIB won the prestigious Adnams Supply Chain 'Integrity in all we do' Award and became a corporate partner for the Norwich Theatre Royal.

In addition to all our business successes we have also contributed to a number of charity events including a Children In Need Bake off across the One Broker group, donations of food and time to 3 separate food banks and Walking with the Wounded. We have also started donating £1 to the Papworth Trust for every new WeLoveTenants policy bought online as well as continuing our support of East Coast Truckers to whom we donated £2,684.00.

We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2017.

"I would like to wish all of our wonderful clients a very Happy and prosperous New Year. We feel extremely privileged to be your Insurance Broker and look forward to working with you in 2017".
Robin Plaster, Managing Director

Published 4th January 2017

Staff donate time to the Homeless

Staff across the One Broker group took part in hands on activities for the homeless, wrapping Christmas presents and making up food boxes. Charlotte Chase one of the Cambridge team said "All I want to do is make a homeless person smile at Christmas time". All offices delivered donations to their local Foodbanks in Norwich, Cambridge and Harlow. Ashley Jones Group Financial Controller said "It's great to be able to give our staff time to Charity, especially at this time of year".

(Pictured left to right: Caroline Jobson, Karen Wilson and Julie Ames)

Published 22nd December 2016

Business expands at one of East Anglia’s leading Insurance Broking Groups

One Broker Ltd has gone from strength to strength since its formation in 2010 and is now one of the largest Insurance Broking Groups in East Anglia. A Business Development team has been recruited to help take the company to the next level.

Michelle Dobson-Jones who heads up the team said "It’s great to be involved, I am confident this is only the beginning and the team can’t wait to get stuck into the role." CEO Robin Plaster continued "Business development is key to our strategy and having this resource is a real asset to the group".

The team will be working across award winning One Broker Ltd helping to promote the different businesses, KTIB in Norwich, NWBIB in Cambridge and PJW in Bishops Stortford. One Broker Ltd ranks in the top 75 Independent Commercial Insurance Brokers in the UK*.

(Pictured left to right: Linsey Watts, Robin Plaster, Michelle Dobson-Jones, Jo Masters)

*Insurance Age Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers 2015

Published 6th November 2016

One Broker finalists for the Commercial Lines broker of the year 2016

We are very excited to announce that One Broker has secured a place in the finals for the Insurance Age UK Broker Awards 2016. To be shortlisted under the Commercial lines broker of the year category we have been recognised as a broker who has excelled in the tough economic environment.

Robin Plaster CEO of One Broker said, it is a real testament to the quality of staff and the work they do across One Broker that has helped achieve this shortlisting I am really excited and can’t wait to find out the results.

The winner of the award will be announced on the 16th September at The Brewery, London.

Without further ado, here are the results: View shortlist

Published 5th August 2016

One of East Anglia’s leading Insurance Broking Groups recruit a top flight Financial Controller

One Broker Ltd has gone from strength to strength since its formation in 2010 and is now one of the largest Insurance Broking Groups in East Anglia. Ashley Jones has joined them as Group Financial Controller, having previously worked for one of London’s top law firms. Originally from Lowestoft, Ashley is based in One Brokers contemporary head office in Norwich on the Broadland Business Park. Ashley has nearly a decade of hands-on experience as a fully qualified accountant. He is very excited to be joining the business and is looking forward to the new challenge. CEO Robin Plaster said “as soon as I met Ashley I knew he was the right person to help take the business forward to the next level”.

One Broker Ltd is made up of KTIB in Norwich, NWBIB in Cambridge and PJW in Bishops Stortford and ranks in the top 75 Independent Commercial Insurance Brokers in the UK.*

(Pictured left to right: Ashley Jones and Robin Plaster)

*Insurance Age Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers 2015

Published 20th July 2016

Insurance Age ranks One Broker Group at 41 in its Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers

Insurance Age has just published the Top 100 Independent Insurance Brokers for 2015 and we are delighted to see that One Broker Ltd has moved up to number 41 in the rankings!

Our dynamic approach to doing business combined with our success in integrating acquisitions is putting us on track to achieve our aim of becoming a top 20 independent broker within the next 5 years.

Chief Executive of One Broker Robin Plaster commented "One Broker’s subsidiaries, KTIB, NWBIB and PJW, I believe are widely recognised as three of the most professional and technically competent insurance brokers in the UK, I feel that they consistently outperform other brokers. A huge well done to the staff of all three firms whose outstanding contribution has enabled us to get to this position. I can’t wait to see the results next year".

Published 18th November 2015