What are the big stories hitting the headlines this week?

Split

Broking group Cobra has separated its retail and wholesale operations following the sale of its Caterham and Alton units. The broker has hired John Lincoln to head up its wholesale division.

Backer

Ex-England football star Gary Lineker is backing new insurer ingenie, which will use telematics technology and target 17- to 25-year-old drivers.

Database

London market players have created a global insurance compliance database. Administered by Airmic, it will provide details of insurance regulations on a territory-by-territory basis.

Launch

Markerstudy has launched two motor insurance direct brands, Zenith Insurance and Zenith Insurance Plus, developed with iGO4 to be rolled out
on aggregators.