The training for my charity half-marathon begins, while acqiusitions, results and probes mean the stories just keep on coming
Brit’s results are out but there’s no update on the up-for-sale UK business. I have coffee with InterResolve boss and Insurance Times blogger Peter Ashdown-Barr and return to the office to catch the news that Towergate has kick-started its 2012 acquisition campaign, which prompts a flurry of activity online. My fundraising for the LV= Brentwood Half Marathon on 25 March also gets off to a positive start.
JLT’s annual results boast another year of organic revenue growth, outstripping its closest rivals who have all had mixed years. (Visit insurancetimes.co.uk/results for full coverage). In the post, I receive a generous £200 donation from Legal & General, which will help support my chosen charity, Saint Francis Hospice.
A meeting involving the entire Insurance Times brand team includes presentations focusing on our readers’ needs. There’s positive news for broker Lark, as we reveal online a near-£2m rise in its profits year-on-year. The day ends with a discussion surrounding this year’s Biba conference. Keep your ears to the ground on this one.
Muscles ache from weekend training for the half marathon, but it will be worth it in the end as I break the £800 barrier in donations. Thanks to everyone who has supported. There’s still time to donate, just go to: justgiving.com/dannywalkinshaw. I hear about plans for sister title Global Reinsurance’s upcoming trip to Qatar for the annual MultaQa conference. Sounds exciting.
As press day begins the editorial team wonders if investigations surrounding Lloyd’s motor insurer Equity Red Star will ever cease, as reports emerge that the UK accountancy regulator has begun a probe into the insurer’s auditor KPMG.