Broking group’s small business centre opened by Mark Hodges and Manchester City council leader

Towergate has officially opened its Manchester small business centre.

The centre, which will serve the broking group’s small commercial and personal lines customers, started trading on 18 August but was officially opened today by Towergate group chief executive Mark Hodges and Manchester City council leader Sir Richard Leese.

The new office is located in the Spinningfields financial district and will handle annual gross written premium of £150m.

The centre will focus on customer retention and new business. It will operate extended opening hours running from 8am to 8pm.

Hodges said: “It is a pleasure to be opening this office here in Manchester today, which further increases our presence in this area.

“We will be creating 400 jobs and look forward to being a significant player in the region. Putting our customers first is important to us, and the creation of a dedicated customer centre will mean an improved service for them.

“This new centre has been fitted out to a high standard in a short amount of time and I have been very impressed with the calibre of people we have attracted from across the region. We made the right decision to come to Manchester and this new development shows the ambition and drive that will shape a very successful future for Towergate.”

Leese added: “We welcome the faith and commitment large organisations have when they choose Manchester as a base for their operations. Manchester has a proven record in supporting the future success of businesses – whether start-ups or expansions – and in return, Manchester’s future growth is buoyed by employment opportunities for local people.”