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Gresham goes under

Gresham Insurance Brokers Ltd has gone into liquidation, leaving £300,000 assets to be carved up between creditors. Sterling Life is owed £95,000, says data in Companies House. The London-based broker's liquidation is being handled by accountant Hacker Young.

CCV buys Humbergrove

Cullum Capital Ventures (CCV) has bought Hertfordshire broker Humbergrove and Humbergrove UK from brothers Kevin and Alan Oxley. The business will fold into CCV’s recently acquired broker, Just Insurance, in Hemel Hempstead, with all staff retained.

Moorhouse on hunt

Welsh broker Moorhouse is on the look-out to buy a broker of up to £5m gross written premium. Chairman Lyndon Wood said: “Now is the perfect time to make an acquisition with the new higher rate capital gains tax."

Equitable Life reprimand

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings’ board has come out in support of non-executive director Kevin Paul McNamara after a reprimand by an accounting disciplinary body. The appeals tribunal of the Accountants’ Joint Disciplinary Scheme said McNamara lacked professional competence in 1998 and 1999 audits of Equitable Life. He was not fined, nor did the tribunal believe he should be excluded from accountancy.

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