Coates & Co (Insurance Brokers), the specialist bus and coach broker, has merged with insurance broker Simon Brooke & Partners to create a group with premium income of over £10m.

Paul Coates, of Coates & Co, has been appointed a director of the enlarged Simon Brooke & Partners, based in Leeds.

Managing director Simon Brooke said: “This acquisition consolidates our position in the north as a leading transport insurance broker. We welcome Paul Coates into our management team and look forward to consolidating existing business and developing new business opportunities.”

Mr Coates said: “I'm very pleased to be joining Simon Brooke & Partners as they share my client service philosophy of traditional values, quality of service, experience and expertise in the transport sector.”