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Wüstenrot & Württembergische Financial Services Group AG

Year company established:

UK head office:
Folgate House
Upton Road, Poole
BH17 7AG
tel: 01202 668066
fax: 01202 634087



Company history:
Since December 1993, Folgate has been a wholly owned subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based financial services group Württembergische AG. In July 1999, Württembergische completed a merger of equals with the Wüstenrot Financial Services Group. Together they formed Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG Financial Services Group.

The W&W Group has assets of some £32bn.

Over the past two years, Folgate has undergone radical change, both in terms of business mix and management structure. Folgate is a committed broker-only insurer supporting insurance brokers, intermediaries and independent financial advisers. With the continued support of its parent company, Folgate recently invested in a new commercial lines division that included the opening of regional offices for the first time.

Chief officer:
Chris Garland, managing director

Chris Garland joined Folgate in 1977 after a 10-year career with a top London Lloyd's insurer. His first appointment was underwriting and managing director of the city office until 1992, when he was appointed general manager at head office in Poole.

Garland has overseen the transformation of Folgate from a small provincial insurer to a bigger player in the broker and schemes market. In 1996, he was promoted to managing director

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Main classes of business:
home, motor, travel, commercial and miscellaneous

Key general insurance personnel:
Darryl Clark, corporate and personal lines director
David Drew, commercial insurance director
Mike Fenton, schemes and affinity groups manager
Ray Heap, broker business manager
Mark Fisher, marketing manager
Stephen Ormrod, personal lines underwriting manager
Mick Husband, commercial underwriting manager
Mike Bridge, commercial sales and operations manager
Ian Willet, claims manager