Now known as Norwich Union

Country: UK
Net premiums written 1999: $4,264m (£3,000m)

Head office:
PO Box 6
Surrey Street
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1603 622 200
Fax: +44 1603 683 659

Year established: 2000
Main classes of business: Household, motor, liability, small and medium-sized commercial, travel and creditor.

CGU and Norwich Union merged on 30 May 2000 to create CGNU - the world's sixth largest insurer, the UK's largest insurance group and one of the top five life insurers in Europe, with substantial positions in other markets around the world.

CGNU's principal business activities are long-term savings, general insurance and asset management with world-wide premium income and retail investment sales of £26bn and assets under management of more than £200bn. The combined life and pensions, general insurance and retail fund businesses in the UK operate under the Norwich Union brand, while the institutional business operates under the Morley Fund Management brand.

Chief officer: Patrick Snowball