Aon announced that it had completed its acquisition of NFP in April 2024

Broking firm NFP has acquired HelpGB – its first UK purchase since officially becoming part of Aon.

Based in the Midlands, HelpGB is a human resources and health and safety consulting business.

NFP said the acquisition would help it strengthen its capabilities across the UK, while HelpGB clients will gain access to more global resources.

Clark Hunter, director of HelpGB, will remain in the business, while managing director Dave Townsend and company secretary Karen Townsend will retire following the acquisition.

“We’re delighted to welcome Clark and the talented HelpGB team, while gaining from the depth of knowledge they will bring to our specialty HR and health and safety solutions business,” said Matt Pawley, president of NFP in Europe.

“We also wish Dave and Karen all the best in their retirement as we look to build on the brilliant reputation they’ve earned alongside Clark over the years.”

‘Safe hands’

The announcement came after Aon announced it had completed its acquisition of NFP in April 2024.

The deal, which expands Aon’s presence in the middle-market segment, will see NFP operate as an independent and connected platform delivering risk capital and human capital capabilities from across Aon.

Dave Townsend felt that he was leaving HelpGB in “very safe hands” as he heads into retirement.

“I am very grateful to the staff and clients who have helped make this 21 year adventure so special and I could not be handing over the reins to a better company,” he said.

“NFP’s values align with those of our company – people and clients come first. I know I can now enjoy my retirement with the assurance that what I helped build is in very safe hands.”