GWP less treaty: £1.9bn

Allianz Cornhill Insurance


57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1DB

t: 01483 568161

f: 01483 300952

Year established: 1905

Major shareholders: Allianz AG

Number of UK offices: 25

Number of UK employees (2002): 4,500

Main lines of business: Commercial, personal and speciality

Subsidiaries: British Reserve Ins Co Ltd; DBI Ins Co Ltd; Domestic Ins Services Ltd; Pet Plan Ltd; Trafalgar Insurance plc


1905: Cornhill Insurance is founded by directors of Willis Faber as a fire insurance company.

1912: Cornhill Insurance enters the marine insurance market.

1919: Cornhill offers a personal accident product for the first time,

a workman's compensation policy.

1924: Cornhill issues its first motor policy.

1943: Thomas Tilling acquires a majority interest in Cornhill Insurance.

1953: Cornhill's country head office opens in Guildford.

1957: Cornhill pioneers the free 50% no claims discount (NCD) for motor policyholders.

1967: Cornhill's life division opens for business.

1973: Thomas Tilling acquires the remaining shares in Cornhill Insurance.

1974: Cornhill acquires Trafalgar Insurance.

1978: Cornhill sponsors its first Test cricket match in England.

1983: BTR buys Cornhill from Thomas Tilling.

1986: BTR sells Cornhill to Allianz AG.

1987: Cornhill Insurance buys British Reserve.

1995: Cornhill Insurance launches Cornhill Direct.

1996: Cornhill Insurance buys Petplan and acquires engineering insurer Ajax from Norwich Union.

1997: Allianz Cornhill Engineering formed following the merger of Cornhill's Engineering operations and Ajax.

Broker Direct launched.

Twenty years of Cornhill Test matches.

1998: Cornhill acquires AGF Insurance business in Britain following Allianz's acquisition of majority shareholding in the French insurer AGF.

1999: Cornhill acquires DBI.

2000: Cornhill withdraws from the sponsorship of English Test cricket after 23 years.

2003: Cornhill Insurance changes its name to Allianz Cornhill Insurance plc

Chief officer: Andrew Torrance