Fee and commission income (2003): £523m.

Pre-tax profit (2003): £8.5m

Address: Shurdington Road

Cheltenham Spa

Gloucestershire GL51 4UE

Tel: 01242 866 866

Fax: 01242 866 951

Website: www.endsleigh.co.uk

History: Endsleigh was formed by the NUS in 1965, to use the bulk purchasing power of the student movement. Endsleigh has expanded its expertise to provide for a broader market. Trading as "independent insurance for career people" the formula of offering highly-targeted niche products to the student community has been replicated with appropriate insurance professionals.

Endsleigh is an independent insurance intermediary, designing its own policies and using a range of insurers to underwrite them. The company operates through an integrated multi-channel distribution structure that includes 129 branches, call centres and a fully-functional internet site. Currently 1,100 people work for Endsleigh nationwide.

Major shareholders: Management buy-out via a long-term strategic alliance with Zurich Financial Services. The NUS has a 15% share in the company.

Main lines of business: Household, travel, motor and pet. Endsleigh Business Insurance Services - commercial business, sporting and insurance for not-for-profit organisations. Endsleigh Financial Independent Tailoring - independent financial advice service via telephone and internet.

Special schemes: Professional, semi-professional and amateur sports insurance.