Intermediary Alfred Blackmore Group has posted a 17.5% rise in pre-tax profits to £3,275,620.

Brokerage is up 11% to £14,157,769 and capital and reserves have risen to almost £6.5m.

Group chairman and chief executive John Northridge said the growth reflects its concentration in specialist areas.

He added: “With ideas, and proactive help from the thoughtful intermediary, the intermediary's role will become more important, provided real value can be added. Clients need an intermediary that is financially sound, that they trust and that has the people to deliver the right solutions.”