GWP less treaty: 547m

Fortis Insurance Limited

Address:
Fortis House, Tollgate
Eastleigh
Hampshire SO53 3YA

Telephone: 023 8064 4455

Fax: 023 8064 1146

E-mail: talkback@fortis.com

Website:

Year established: 1939

Number of UK offices: 2

Number of UK employees (2002): 960

GWP less treaty: 547m

Fortis Insurance Limited

Address:
Fortis House, Tollgate
Eastleigh
Hampshire SO53 3YA

Telephone: 023 8064 4455

Fax: 023 8064 1146

E-mail: talkback@fortis.com

Website:

Year established: 1939

Number of UK offices: 2

Number of UK employees (2002): 960

Number of UK general insurance agents: 5,000

Main lines of business: General lines: private motor, household - buildings and contents, travel, caravan and camping, self employed liability, commercial combined and commercial package.

Commercial lines: homeworkers, Semploy (a self-employed liability product), property owners, manufacturers, distributors, office and surgery, commercial choice and shopkeepers.

Company history: Fortis Insurance has in the region of 2.5 million personal and small commercial insurance policies placed through the intermediary channel in the UK.

Fortis Insurance remains focused on developing profitable underwriting structures, expense control and investment for consistent growth, demonstrated in the company's achievement of steady growth while maintaining key operating ratios.

With two offices, in Hampshire and Gloucestershire, Fortis Insurance operates its own in-house 24-hour Šservices: Onecall claims helpline and Assistance International, a medical emergency service for overseas travellers.

Key personnel: Barry Smith, chief executive; Shaun Astley, service director; Alan Sendall, claims director; Mike Cranston, finance director; Paul Chaplain, underwriting director; Jeff Grosvenor, IT development director; Lyn Nicholls, HR director

Chief officer: Barry D Smith

Biography: Barry Smith took on the role of chief executive for Fortis Insurance in January 2002. Barry has a BA (Hons) degree in business studies, and a post-graduate diploma in marketing.

Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (FCIB) and a member of the Institute of Marketing (MCIM).

Before joining Fortis Insurance he was director of AXA Insurance UK plc, and prior to that, executive director of AA Insurance Services.