Homeserve restructure

Homeserve ruled out job cuts following a major company restructuring. The emergency repair and home insurance company said it would centralise its business by pulling together all support services, including HR and marketing, into one department, allowing managers to focus exclusively on operations.

First published 14 November

Academy in Open GI deal

Academy Insurance Services said it had invested in a new IT infrastructure with Open GI in order to accommodate recent acquisitions and manage its internet and email services.

First published 14 November

Avian flu warning

UK poultry farmers could lose as much as £30m if the latest outbreak of avian flu spreads throughout the UK, according to Aon.

First published 14 November

Uninsured cars seized

Record numbers of uninsured vehicles are being seized and crushed, according to figures released at the ABI’s motor conference. The use of automatic number plate recognition technology by the police has led to over 100,000 uninsured vehicles being seized so far this year, compared to 78,000 during 2006. Of these, some 45,000 have been crushed.

First published 14 November

Lockton construction MD

Lockton International appointed Duncan Urquhart as managing director for its international construction team. Urquhart joins Lockton from Oxygen, where he was head of the construction and power team.

First published 14 November

Clarification

GAB Robins’ pre-tax profit in 2006 was £814,000 not £16,000 as reported in last week’s issue, which was the company’s 2005 pre-tax profit.