Fee and commission income (2002): £29m
Pre-tax profit (2002): £1.6m
Address: Primary Group Limited
London Office, 80 Leadenhall Street,
London EC3A 3HA
Tel: 020 7743 0200
Fax: 020 7743 0201
Year established: 1997
History: The Primary Group UK has broking operations that brought in fee and commission income of £29m in 2002. Primary Group UK has previously appeared in the Insurance Times Top 50 UK Brokers & Intermediaries as Monument Insurance Brokers. The group has since made several acquisitions and has broking operations throughout the UK.
Main lines of business: Retail broking, underwriting
Subsidiary companies: Distribution and risk management: Europea Ltd; Grupo Primary Underwriting; Primary Broker Services; Primary Direct and Primary Travel Insurance Services; Rural Insurance Group; UK Underwriting
Advisory and broking: ESR Insurance Services; Health for Industry (including Integra Healthcare, Liberty Healthcare, Working Partners, Health for Industry International and Rhys Francis & Partners); Monument; Vega Insurance Services (including Thompson Rudd and Abacans)
Chief officer: Michael King, chief executive, Primary Group
Biography: Mike King was a 1997 founder of Primary Group. Primary is essentially a distribution business, but it also has its own risk bearing capability to support its distribution and product management skills.
King is qualified as a Chartered Insurer (ACII) and Chartered Accountant (ACA). His early experience was with a professional accounting firm, in a technical insurance distribution and regulatory role at Lloyd's, and as chief financial officer of a Lloyd's underwriting group, writing non-marine and life business.
Since 1997, through Primary, King's insurance experience has included broking (at Lloyd's, internationally and in the UK provincial market), underwriting and risk management.