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July 2019

Seventeen Group acquires WPS

Seventeen Group acquires WPS 1310 776 James Hallam

Seventeen Group has acquired Plymouth based Walker Persson & Spargo Ltd effective from 28th June 2019 for an undisclosed sum. WPS was established in 1968 and are a leading independent broker in the South West. They are Chartered Insurance Brokers and members of the UNA Broking Alliance. In addition to handling corporate and personal lines business on both a regional and national level, WPS handles schemes and affinity based clients across a number of sectors.

The business employs over 40 staff and generate a Gross Written Premium of £17million. WPS is led by Directors Steve Rowlands, Steve Harvey and Colin Watts, all of whom are remaining with the business along with the wider WPS team. The business will continue to trade as WPS from the existing Plymouth premises.

Speaking on behalf of WPS, Steve Rowlands Managing Director comments: “We are very proud of the business we have built in Plymouth and have received fantastic support from our staff, clients and insurers over the years. It was therefore of paramount importance to us that we identified a purchaser for our business who were committed independent brokers and ambitious to continue our growth plans in the South West. We have known James Hallam and Seventeen Group for many years and are confident that we can offer an exciting future for our clients, staff and trading partners.”

Seventeen Group Chief Executive Officer Paul Anscombe adds: “WPS are a highly respected firm whom we know well. I have been truly impressed by their desire throughout our negotiations to grow their presence in the South West and to maintain their focus on client service. There are significant opportunities for Seventeen Group to develop our specialist sectors into the South West and to invest in the existing strengths of WPS. The joint opportunities will be in broking, underwriting and risk management.

Seventeen Group were supported by Beechbrook Capital in this acquisition. Beechbrook Capital is a specialist lender providing innovative and flexible financing solutions to support fast growing SMEs across northern Europe.

Tim Johnston, Investor Director at Beechbrook comments: “We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Seventeen Group and we are delighted to be the new funding partner for this market-leading business. We very much look forward to supporting the group with its further growth plans over the coming years.”

James Hallam announce new Director of Partnerships

James Hallam announce new Director of Partnerships 1920 1280 James Hallam

James Hallam Limited, the broking subsidiary of Seventeen Group, has announced the appointment of Roy Standish as Director of Partnerships with effect from 22nd July.

The role aims to strategically direct James Hallam’s Partnership programme for Authorised Representatives (‘AR’s’) and to develop new Partnership opportunities for the future.

Seventeen Group CEO Paul Anscombe comments: “We see a growing demand for entrepreneurial insurance professionals to create new ventures and to take control of their futures. With the UK broking market undergoing an unprecedented level of consolidation, there is a significant opportunity to build capital value in insurance with the support of James Hallam, which is a long established UK broker committed to independence. Roy is uniquely placed to develop Partnerships given his extensive knowledge of the UK broker market.”

Roy Standish has spent his entire 30 year plus career with Eagle Star/Zurich, having latterly been Sales & Distribution Director. Speaking about his appointment Roy adds: “After a long and happy career at Zurich I was determined to plot a new course in insurance which both used my skills and offered the prospect of enjoyment in supporting a wide variety of business opportunities within the insurance sector. I have known Seventeen Group for many years and so it is a very natural fit for me. I know that a number of high calibre insurance individuals and firms are seeking greater support to achieve their objectives and we will be well placed to assist them.”