The County Group moves to Preston
One of the largest insurance brokers in the North West has moved into Winckley Square - the financial district of Preston.
The County Group currently has 22 branches in the North West and Wales and employs 250 people, securing over £60m worth of personal and business insurance premiums for their clients in 2016.
The deputy CEO of the group, Alastair Christopherson, is a lifelong Preston resident and the company already has strong local links with Preston Grasshoppers, being one of the principal sponsors and also insuring the whole club.
Other major clients of The County Group in the Preston area are fruit and vegetable specialists Ribble Farm Fare, located in Longridge, and Harrison Drury who are solicitors based in Winckley.
Retail Branch Director, Andy Roden, explains the rationale for the new branch in Preston:
“We have long earmarked Preston as the ideal location for our expanding branch network. Preston is a thriving city, with a growing metropolitan area and excellent communication links.
"Businesses are generally thriving in the area and we see business growth and economic expansion in the region. The County Group would like to be part of this.
“We are already well connected with Preston Grasshoppers, not only on the sporting side but the business network that the general manager is cultivating there.
“The County Group are a growing insurance broker with our heartland in the North West, so Preston seemed the natural location for our new branch. Winckley Square is the perfect location with it being so central and close to estate agents, accountants, banks and other financial services.
“We have other branches in Liverpool and Southport, as well as in West Yorkshire and further south down in Cheshire, North Wales and Staffordshire so with our knowledge of Preston it seemed the logical next step.
“We would like to support businesses large and small in the Preston region, advising on their ever changing insurance requirements as they hopefully expand their products and services, employees, vehicles and premises.
“With our preferential and exclusive insurance schemes as a UK Top 25 Broker, I’m confident we will provide competitive rates both for individual policies such as home and car insurance, through to commercial insurance for sole traders through to large organisations.
“I’m really excited to be opening a branch in Preston and our team here are ready for business.”
Under the umbrella name of “The County Group”, this incorporates County Insurance, JSW Insurance , Whitchurch Insurance, Chester Insurance Services, Heath Insurance, Brady & Jones, George Williams Insurance Services, Safe and Sound Insurance, and GR Plimbley Insurance