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A&T awarded Chartered Insurance Broker status for 7th year running

Julian Boughton - website

Commercial insurance and risk management specialists Alan & Thomas Insurance Group are celebrating having been awarded the prestigious Chartered Insurance Broker status by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) for the seventh year running.

The accolade, awarded to less than 150 brokers in the UK, is given to those who pass a rigorous annual inspection to prove they can demonstrate their professional commitment to raising standards of knowledge, capability and ethical practice. Recognised as the "Gold Standard" within the insurance industry, it proves to clients that they can expect the very highest qualities of expertise, service and advice on a continuous basis.

First awarded the title in 2007, Alan & Thomas are the only independent broker in Dorset to have achieved this status. They are committed to raising standards within the insurance broking industry and can now boast that nearly half of their sixty strong work force have obtained CII qualifications.

A&T CEO Julian Boughton, who himself has achieved Chartered Status personally, is thrilled that A&T has been awarded the seal of approval from the CII once more, "We are delighted to have renewed our Chartered Status; it is testament to the professionalism and expertise of our team. Having this recognition is very important to us as it illustrates our exceptional standards and our integrity to our clients, which is more important than ever in today's business climate".

"We are finding more and more that business owners are looking for advisers who carry Chartered Status as recognised by their industry body. Many would not dream of dealing with a firm of non-chartered accountants and once made aware of the benefits of dealing with a Chartered Insurance Broker, they understand the difference and all the assurances Chartered Insurance Broker status brings. Business owners rightly expect to deal with individuals and firms who can evidence and provide first-class service, advice and support. Having Chartered Status means that we are recognised for doing just that by our industry body".

"We have an enviable client list and we know that many of these choose to engage us to look after their insurances not only as a result of us being the only local independent broker with Chartered Status but also due to our different approach and quality of advice. We implement a full risk management critique of a business at the outset, which not only includes policy cover they already have in place but also identifies any gaps in cover. This gives the business owner confidence and peace of mind that all aspects of their operations are fully covered."

A&T are always keen to differentiate themselves from the competition. As well as their Chartered Status, they offer their clients added value by way of a completely free online risk management service, which provides advice on a range of business related issues such as health and safety and business continuity planning. They also recognise accreditations, such as BSIO and ISO, that an organisation may have worked hard to achieve and can negotiate policy cover enhancements and premium discounts with a panel of insurers who have subscribed to the Alan & Thomas scheme. It is only right that businesses investing in quality should be singled out to reap the benefits by participating in a far more competitive insurance programme.