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

Email: enquiries@primarygroup.bm

Website: www.primarygroup.bm
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.