ABOUT URIS GROUP

URIS Group supplies specialist products to the wholesale, retail and affinity sectors, to provide solutions to meet the specific insurance needs of communities of customers, where standard insurance cannot.

With over 800 employees nationwide, and a strong experienced leadership and underwriting team, URIS Group is able to deliver relevant, agile and personalised insurance options.

Our history

              

URIS Group Limited was formed in June 2018 when two established and successful businesses, Direct Group Limited and Towergate Retail (both owned by The Ardonagh Group) were combined to create a powerful new force in niche and specialist personal lines and SME. URIS stands for 'UR Insurance Services' - the ‘UR’ part of the name provides the brand with a more personal feel and plays on ‘text speak’ to represent the progressive and non-standard nature of our brand – ‘It’s your insurance services’.

Already being named in Insurance Age’s Top 50 brokers,* URIS Group is a leading player within the specialist or niche insurance industry and led by a team with a reputation for innovation and dynamism, we provide solutions to difficult to solve problems, within the insurance market. We do this by establishing long term relationships. with leading partners to correlate insurance solutions to both clients and underwriters. With market-leading, in-house technology, processes and expertise; we pride ourselves in effectively delivering solutions to the high standards and timescales expected of today’s market.

*Insurance Age Top 50 broker list 2018 (£250m - £499.99m)


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27 +

              

Years of collective experience

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8

              

Offices

employees

800 +

              

Employees

policies

3 Million +

              

Policies managed last year

policies

4,600 +

              

Bespoke schemes for affinity partners

end to end

TPA capability

              

Administration services

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FCA Authorised

              

Third Party Administrator

Our proposition

              

Providing in excess of 4,600 schemes for many well- known affinity partners and retail brands, URIS Group has a portfolio of award-winning wholesale and retail brands, offering comprehensive specialist options for customers and cost efficient, non-volume dependant choices for insurance distributors.


Fortress
Fortress

A bedroom rated, standard Home buildings and contents insurance product catering up to 5 bedrooms. Tailor a cost effective client solution by using own ancillary product arrangements or choosing from our large selection of ancillary options.

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Ancillary products

Create a bespoke customer proposition by combining ancillary products to complement Home, Motor and Commercial policies

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TWG
Towergate Insurance

With over 200 specialist policies designed for businesses, properties, passions, and most things in between.

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Simple
Simple

Specialist direct online provider for commercial and personal insurance for landlords (5 star Defaqto cover), static / touring caravans and home

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MARAS
MARAS

In partnership with property professionals, processing over a million tenant references over the last 20 years, and insured thousands of landlords and tenants.

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I4CH
Insurance4carhire.com

Offering straightforward and low-cost alternatives to the expensive car hire excess insurance policies offered by car hire companies. Founded in 2003 Insurance4carhire.com is the UK’s longest-running online provider of car hire excess insurance.

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Healthy Pets

Pet insurance specialists offering amongst the best customer service in the business, Healthy Pets is the choice for Pet Insurance that cares and delivers when it really matters.

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PIUA
Property Initiatives Underwriting Agency (PIUA)

Experts in Commercial and Residential property insurance with 24-hour turnaround times, competitive pricing and a highly creative and experienced underwriting team to help solve even the most complicated risks.

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Our People


We have a work-force of over 800 skilled employees, led by a highly experienced management team with over 150 years of cumulative experience in the UK insurance industry.

Derek Coles

Derek Coles

(Chief Executive Officer)

              

In June 2018 Derek became CEO of the newly formed URIS Group and prior to this was Direct Group's CEO since 2006. Previous private equity experience includes the management buyout of Direct Group from Barclays Private Equity and executive management of GAB Robins under Brea Capital. His previous experience includes Managing Director at GAB Robins; Head of Group Procurement for life, general insurance and mortgage products for Barclays and bank alliances with Woolwich plc and Legal and General.

Scott Hough

Scott Hough

(Chief Financial Officer)

              

Scott became Chief Finance Officer for URIS Group in June 2018, looking after both finance and central services such as Business Support, HR & Talent, IT and Risk and Compliance. Previously, Scott was the Finance Director for Direct Group for over 15 years. His previous private equity experience includes the management buyout and secondary management buyout of Direct Group. Scott has also held Audit and Corporate Finance roles at KPMG.

Steve Anson

Steve Anson

(Chief Operating Officer)

              

Steve joined Towergate in 2009 and was appointed as CEO, Retail in 2015 and has filled a number of key roles including latterly that of Chief Operating Officer for Towergate Insurance Direct. Prior to this, Steve was Managing Director for the Specialist Personal Lines Division and also managed both the SME businesses, Riskline and Your Insurance Group. Before this, Steve spent 11 years as a commissioned officer in the Army, leaving as a Major in the Bomb Disposal unit of the Royal Engineers.

Nick Sharp

Nick Sharp

(Commercial Director)

              

In April 2018, Nick joined as our Commercial Director and brought a wealth of industry knowledge, gained during over 25 years in the industry. Nick has held a number of key roles, such as Managing Director of the Specialist Division at A J Gallagher, which Nick joined as part of the acquisition of Giles Insurance Brokers in November 2013, prior to which he was the Group Managing Director at Property specialist Barbon.

Careers

We're always on the look out for talented people with the passion to deliver excellent customer service. We have various customer and client facing roles across our offices, so if you’re looking to work for a fast-moving and innovative company plus agree on our values, please take a look at our current vacancies.

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