GWP less treaty: £743.1m


Groupama House, 24-26 Minories, London EC3N 1DE

t: 0870 850 8510

f: 020 7264 2862


Year established: 1999

Major shareholders: Wholly-owned subsidiary of Groupama SA

Number of UK offices: Six. In addition to its London HQ, the group's underwriting and customer service centre is situated in Manchester and its healthcare operations are based in Tonbridge. Groupama has three specialist claims centres in Barnet, Portsmouth and Tonbridge. The group's IT centre is in Croydon.

Number of UK employees (2003): 800

Main lines of business: Personal lines: home and motor. Commercial lines: commercial combined and packages targeting SMEs, plus motor fleet and tradesmen. Healthcare: accident, sickness, and PMI.

Company history:

Groupama Insurances was formed in 1999, following the merger of GAN Insurance and Lombard General Insurance Company.

Groupama itself can trace its origins to 1840, from where the company grew from its roots in the French agricultural commu-nity to become one of the world's leading mutual property and casualty insurers and one of Europe's largest financial services groups.

Pierre Lefevre was appointed UK chief executive in 2002 as the business began to align itself more closely with the strategy of its parent company as a professional supplier of personal insurance, smaller commercial insurance and healthcare solutions.

In April 2003, Francois-Xavier Boisseau was appointed managing director to help implement the group's strategy and following a review of business distribution, Amanda Blanc was recruited from AXA as director of distribution and customer service.

Chief officers:

Pierre Lefevre, chairman and chief executive

Francois-Xavier Boisseau, managing director.