Anyone hoping to get hold of motor brokers last Wednesday would have been hard-pressed.

It seems that Cox, following its troubles and subsequent rescue deal with Lloyd's, laid on a trip to the South of France for its key brokers to enjoy some real sunshine and a bit of serious wine tasting.

With a soft-market approaching fast in the motor sector, Backchat is sure the owner of Equity Red Star appreciated the chance to reassure its customers of the syndicate's long-term future.

It's not only Cox's brokers who are sporting suntans in the office this week.

Last week, Willis Broker Network treated its brokers to a spot of Mediterranean sunshine too.

In between some poolside rest and recuperation, and fine dining, Backchat hopes that Hugh Warren was able to build up loyalty in the face of forthcoming raids that are bound to come from the Folgate Partnership.