Press Coverage

Bennett Christmas Buys Southwater Insurance Services

Southwater MD Andy Macauley becomes member of senior advisory team as staff move across.

Sussex-based Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers (BCIB) has purchased local firm Southwater Insurance Services, increasing its regional footprint.

Southwater was founded by managing director Andy Macauley in 1985 and has a mixed portfolio of commercial and personal lines.

According to BCIB, Southwater controls gross written premium of around £1.2m.

Following the deal Macauley will become a member of BCIB’s senior advisory team, while Southwater staff based in Billingshurst, West Sussex, will move offices to join BCIB.

Southwater is Bennett Christmas Group’s fourth acquisition and the broker said it was a “good fit”. (more…)

Stealth Tax Should Prompt Rethink On Business Insurance

Businesses should examine their insurance policies carefully in the light of higher Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) announced in the Budget, Burgess Hill brokers Bennett Christmas said today.

On Wednesday, the Chancellor said the levy charged on most commercial and household policies would go up by 0.5% to 10%.

The tax hike follows a 3.5 percentage point rise in the IPT last year.

“But that’s unlikely to be the end of it,” said Mark Bennett, CEO of Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers. “The IPT has already gone up once in the past six months and while this increase is less than was widely anticipated, the direction of travel is clear. (more…)

Bennett Christmas New Branding Going Digital – The Future of Business

Sussex-based Bennett Christmas has launched a new website on the back of a re-brand that moves it towards a ‘digital’ future.

The company, created by the merger five years ago of family-run Bennett Dawes and Christmas Insurance firms, said the new site and increasing use of social media would continue to be underpinned by a personal advice service, delivered by people close to the community they served.