GRP-owned broker adds another regional string to its bow, bringing in 27 new staff

The GRP-owned County Group has today announced the completed acquisition of Stoke-based Eric Rawlins & Company Ltd (Rawlins).

Rawlins employs 27 people and distributes personal and commercial insurance while having specific expertise in contractors, property owners, business and fleet risks.

Commenting on the deal, County chief executive Dave Clapp (pictured) said: “This is a marquee signing for us. Rawlins is a well-respected broking firm that has stood the test of time and become one of the largest independent brokers in Stoke on Trent and the surrounding area.

Dave Clapp CEO The County Group

County Group CEO, Dave Clapp

“We are delighted to have added Rawlins to our group. We now handle in excess of £20million GWP in the Stoke area, bringing significant scale to our North West hub.”

Rawlins managing director Phil Alcock and the rest of the directors will be staying with County post acquisition and are currently working on a smooth integration.

Clapp added: “Once that (integration) is done, we will look at ways to further develop this great business.”

“Landmark transaction”

Alastair Christopherson, County Group managing director said: “This is a landmark transaction for us as it now takes our total GWP to in excess of £100 million, which is a significant milestone in our own development.”

Alcock said: “We have watched from afar as County Group has grown and developed their model over the last few years. When deciding on the right home for our business, and as part of our own due diligence on County, we took references from a number of vendors of businesses they have bought previously and the feedback was very positive.

“The decision has become easier as a result of the dealings we have had with Dave and Alastair through the due diligence process.

“It was an important strategic decision for us to join another broking group after such a long time as an independent but we are sure we have made the right choice. We look forward to working with all of their team and helping to take the business on the next stage of its exciting growth journey.”


Mike Bruce, GRP group managing director, said: “County has delivered another great deal and the team has now completed acquisitions within excess of £30m GWP in less than 18 months.

He said: “Part of the attraction of GRP for growth-hungry businesses like County is that we provide them with the support and capital reserve to enable them to follow through and deliver their strong acquisition pipeline. I’m delighted to welcome Phil Alcock and all the Rawlins people to GRP.”