From tiny acorns do mighty oaks grow? Charles Earle may certainly think so.

The former managing director of NIG's commercial lines division has come stomping back into the industry with his own start-up.

Backchat learned this week that Earle had code-named the project Acorn.

The commercial lines underwriter is yet to be given an official name (suggestions to Backchat).

With several senior NIG staff on gardening leave before joining Earle, perhaps the green theme was more appropriate than he originally thought.