Consolidator is first broker on seven-strong panel

Towergate Underwriting has joined become Countrywide's seventh strategic insurer partner.

The addition of Towergate to the Countrywide strategic insurer partner panel will increase the range of specialist and traditional insurance products available to the network’s 700 members.

Towergate Underwriting provides over 170 specialist insurance products as part of its Countrywide product suite. This includes Property Owners, Liability and Construction, Commercial, Household and Entertainment.

It a statement, Open GI said the partnership would allow Countrywide members to benefit from exclusively negotiated commission levels and gain access to a dedicated Countrywide team for assistance when placing risks, adding significant value to the overall proposition to members.

James McCaffrey, Sales Director – Underwriting, Towergate Partnership, said: “The partnership between Towergate and Countrywide not only increases the network’s offering to members, it enables us to expand our offering to the widest range of intermediaries.

“Towergate are committed to the broker market, and will be working closely with Countrywide to further develop the product offering to members, including access to Towergate’s Haulage Division via the Countrywide Fleet team.”

Mark Ryder, Commercial Director, Open International added: “When Towergate’s acquisition of Open International was announced we were approached by a number of members asking when they could gain access to Towergate’s products. We are delighted to now be able to provide a comprehensive range of benefits to members including increased commission levels, access to specialist products, Partner Broker and Countrywide Club deals and a dedicated team for members.”

Countrywide strategic insurer partners are Allianz, AXA, Fortis, Groupama, MMA, Towergate and Zurich.