Fitch upgrades NU

Fitch has upgraded Aviva International Insurance, Aviva Insurance and Norwich Union Insurances’ Insurer Financial Strength ratings from 'AA-' to 'AA', despite the £235m hit from the UK floods. The outlook for the group is stable.

Ntegrity poaches two

Start-up PI broker Ntegrity has poached Lockton employee David Gleeson and Alison Duffield of Marsh. They will become director of PI and account executive respectively. The broker also plans to launch two new products during the first quarter of 2008 and a further seven in the near future.

PWS hires SBJ director

PWS Holdings has appointed Richard Cirsch as managing director of its Marine Division. He joins PWS from the board of Lloyd’s broker, SBJ.

Fortis joins Uinsure panel

Fortis has become the fourth member of the Uinsure’s home insurance panel, signing a five-year deal. Intermediary Uinsure provides household insurance propositions for brokers and IFAs for their clients.

MMA signs with Kewill

MMA has announced a contract with connectivity provider Kewill to streamline its electronic communication platform. The facility is designed to improve service and deliver efficient and fast data transfer to the insurers broker network.

VFM appointment

VFM Services has appointed Jim Pittman as managing director. Pittman will be responsible for building on the success of VFM’s claims management and risk consultancy business. He will join from HBOS General Insurance in the new year..