Insurance Times rounds up the biggest stories you may have missed since the Euros began and started commanding the continent’s attention

While it may have seemed that the rest of the world stopped as England topped their group in less than spectacular fashion – and Scotland bowed out against determined opposition – the insurance industry kept on going. 

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What stories might you have missed during football fever? 

Insurance Times rounds up the biggest stories you may have missed since the Euros began and started commanding the continent’s attention.

On the day that Italy stole a draw with a last minute goal against Croatia (24 June 2024), Direct Line Group (DLG) announced that it had appointed Aviva chief risk officer Maz Brown as its own new chief risk officer, joining a recent flurry of appointments from Aviva to DLG’s management team. What a transfer! 

And on the same day, news editor James Cowen published his piece that examined the industry reaction to comments made by Labour Party shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh, who said a potential new Labour government would reduce “out of control” motor premiums for voters. An election and an international football tournament during a heatwave? You couldn’t write it.

Yesterday (27 June 2024), as the continent mourned the first day without football for over a week, Markerstudy and Ardonagh Group-owned Atlanta confirmed the completion of their mega-merger deal worth more than £1bn. Clever to not try and share the spotlight with a big game.

On the day that the Netherlands and France played out a nil-nil draw (21 June 2024), news also broke that London market digitalisation programme Blueprint Two had been delayed again, owing to concerns over “safety and market readiness”. There’s potentially a joke in that reasoning about Southgate, but we’ll let you come up with it.

And on Wednesday (26 June 2024), when the upset of the tournament occured as Georgia beat powerhouse Portugal two-nil, the FCA released its own upset – noting that there was much work to do in the insurance sector where the proper implementation of Consumer Duty is concerned. 

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