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PRESS RELEASE – 6th October 2010

Specialist Insurance Brokers Join Forces to Access Larger Share of Market

Specialist charity and church insurance brokers, Access Insurance and A T Bell Insurance Brokers Ltd are delighted to announce that the client portfolio and staff of A T Bell will now be incorporated into Access Insurance.

The move comes as AT Bell celebrates their 40th year of trading. Peter Bell said “I see this as a positive step in securing the next 40 years for my clients. I am confident that this new arrangement will enable us to continue to look after our clients with the highest integrity and expertise, whilst ensuring the growth and stability of our client base for the future”.

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Business Against Poverty B>P

Business Against Poverty B>P

Business against Poverty is a philanthropic group of business individuals who, by subscription, support the reduction of International poverty and who have a desire to change the lives of others through charity.

We live in a rapidly changing world. The effects of climate change; reducing global resources means we can no longer take an island view. The need to relieve poverty has never been so great! We are acting individually and collectively and invite you to join us.

You can find us and Business Against Poverty on LinkedIn


Business Against Poverty B>P

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Social Networking

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Access is now on Twitter!

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If you have a twitter account, we’d appreciate it if you follow us.

As we are interested in what our clients do, we will follow you too!

Happy twitering!

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charitytimes Award 2009

Finalists in the Charity Times Awards 2009 for providing outstanding insurance services to the charity sector

We were delighted to be finalists for this award in 2009. Coming second to a major international insurer (who were chosen because of their corporate Social Responsibility programme) was an immense achievement and was made possible because we are able to act quickly to meet the needs of our clients.

Simon Hickman, Managing Director of Access Underwriting, said: “We were delighted last year to have been a finalist for this Award and are now highly delighted to have been a finalist again!”

Access Insurance is an experienced and fast growing charity insurance broker, having had a 50% growth in charity clients in the last year alone. We are now trusted to act for a range of over 2000 charities, churches and voluntary groups; including community centres, museums, drug rehabilitation units, caring organisations, community radio and homeless shelter projects. We have designed dedicated services to meet the needs of small, medium and large charities through dedicated channels of highly trained staff. We also effectively negotiate special schemes and tailor-made insurance for our charity clients to ensure they get best value for money.

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Office Move Friday 5th Sept 08

Access Underwriting move due to continued expansion

We are delighted to announce that we are moving to new premises today, 5th September 2008.

Please bear with us during the day so that we may resume a full service on Monday 8th September.

Our new premises are 4 times larger than the previous premises and will enable us to take on additional staff to maintain and increase the level of service and customers we deal with. 

The move has come at the right time for us with the shortlisting for the charity insurance award – due to take place on 18th September.

New land line numbers from 8th September 2008

Our non geographic numbers will remain the same and are being switched over at 5pm today (5th September)

Our land lines will change as follows:

Telephone: 0208 651 7420

Fax: 0208 651 7421

Thank you all for your support and trust in us to advise you on your insurances.


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charitytimes Award Shortlisting

Access Insurance Finalists in the prestigious Charity Times Awards.

The Charity Times Awards recognises those professional companies providing outstanding services to the charity sector.

Andrew Holt, Editor of Charity Times, said that the awards celebrated the hard work, commitment and contributions to the sector. The judging was exceptionally tough and the calibre of all entries was very high. Andrew continued: “Given the strong field, tonights finalists are all shining examples of excellence and best practice for the sector, and I wish you every continuing success.”

Access Insurance provides a unique range of on-line insurance quotation facilities with easy and friendly access to an experienced team of brokers specialising in the not for profit sector. On line quotes can be obtained for a comprehensive range of covers, including contents, liabilities, disaster recovery, buildings, money, legal expenses and trustee indemnity insurance for a wide range of charities across the UK. In addition to this technological breakthrough, individually negotiated schemes for umbrella groups can be put on line within a short time frame.

Simon Hickman, Marketing and Operations Director of Access Insurance, said: ‘We were delighted to have been a finalist for the Award. Our customers required fast and easily accessible insurance services where they could have multiple quotes to choose and compare policies at varying price plans at their leisure to make informed decisions, and we have delivered on the requirement.

Please click the link to experience our on-line charity insurance quotation website. We have on-line chat facilities if you need to find out additional information or you can simply call us on 020 8651 7420.

Access Insurance were nominated for and were finalists in the Charity Times Award for Insurance Services to the Charity Sector.


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Abuse Cover Considerations

Abuse Insurance

Does your insurance cover you for abuse claims?

And if it does, what cover do you have and over what period of time does the policy provide cover?

There is plenty of guidance on safe working practices and the implementation of child and vulnerable adult protection policies to help prevent the abuse of these people, but we regularly see cases of abuse in the media. All organisations need to ensure they have the best working practices in place to ensure that those in their care are safe and also to ensure that, in the unfortunate scenario that abuse takes place, they have in place insurance cover.

The best thing to do is to take some professional advice. However, if you want to check your policy you should start by looking at the public liability section.

As your appointed insurance broker, we can advise you whether your policy will provide indemnity. We can tell you if there are any exclusions and over what period of time the cover is available. The last thing you would want is a gap in cover, so that a claim arising 10, 20, 30 or 50 years after the incident took place, would not be covered because you switched to an alternative insurer with a different method of dealing with claims. In fact what would happen now if you had a claim made for abuse that happened 25 years ago? Who were you insured with? What level of cover did you have? When did the policy stop providing you with cover?

What are the different covers?

1. No cover at all.
2. Cover excluded and then added back in – claims paid on a losses occurring basis or on a claims made basis.
3. Cover not excluded – claims paid on a losses occurring basis or on a claims made basis.
4. Cover limited: Cover at full indemnity limit or restricted either on a per claim basis or in the aggregate.

The ‘claims made’ basis provides cover for claims made during the period of insurance cover for incidents happening in the period of insurance. Once the policy ends, there is no future cover.

The ‘losses occurring’ basis provides for incidents which occur during the period of insurance even if the claim is not made until many years later. The claim will be dealt with on the level of insurance cover in existence at the time.

As you can see, there are potential problems with either route and we can discuss these issues with you. It may also be possible to purchase some degree of retroactive cover.

If you have any concerns please contact us on 0208 651 7420 or through the contact forms on this website.

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Ansvar Insurance now A-(Excellent)

Ansvar Insurance Rating Upgrade

Ansvar Insurance has confirmed that AM Best, one of the leading rating agencies, have upgraded the Financial Strength Rating of Ansvar to A-(Excellent) with effect from 21st December 2006.

Ansvar Insurance Co Ltd  is a leading ethical UK general insurance company specialising in insuring non-profit organisations and connected individuals.  We have a longstanding relationship with Ansvar Insurance and regularly recommend them as a good solution for many of our church and charity insurance clients.

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Ansvar is owned by Ecclesiastical Insurance. They have an A rating themselves and are a British owned business with group assets of over £1 billion and net assets of over £200 million having around 175,000 customers across the globe.  The support of the parent company together with predicted strong results in 2006 no doubt contribute to the ratings upgrade. Ansvar have traditionally been strong in the non-profit insurance market. Their team of staff and management, many of whom are personally involved with charitable work, are highly capable and understand the needs of charities and churches.

News Update 21/01/08

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today 21/01/08 that it has revised the outlook on the long-term counterparty credit and insurer financial strengths ratings on U.K.-based non-life insurer Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC and on its subsidiary Ansvar Insurance Limited to positive from stable. This reflects our expectation that continued strong cross-cycle performance may permit an upgrade in the medium term. The ratings reflect the company’s strong capitalization, strong operating performance, and strong competitive position. “Ecclesiastical’s strong capitalization is based on its very strong risk-based capital adequacy, a strong track record of reserving, and prudent reinsurance protection,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Nigel Bond.  “With competition likely to persist into 2008, we expect the company to use its strong competitive position and underwriting discipline to keep further margin erosion to a minimum.”

If you are a decision maker in a church or charity and wish to check your own insurance requirements, please contact one of our advisers on 020 8651 7420 or complete an online enquiry form below:

Ansvar Charity Insurance

Ansvar Church Insurance

If you would like to be contacted nearer to your renewal please complete our Insurance Renewal Reminder




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Ecumenical Insurance

To all Ecumenical Insurance Company policyholders.

You will by now have received a letter from us advising of the proposed transfer of your Ecumenical church insurance policy to Ansvar Insurance Company.

The transfer, proposed from 11.59pm on 31 December, is subject to High Court approval. Access Insurance will continue to act for you as your agent in advising you on how best to protect your assets and liabilities and to collect premiums.

Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc. The proposed transfer will enable a reduction in overheads.

Ansvar are familiar with the insurance needs of churches belonging to several denominations including the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain. They specialise in providing for the insurance of "not for profit" organisations.

Access Insurance continue to specialise in church and charity insurance and will be delighted to work with you to review your church or charity insurance requirements.

Specialist Church and Charity Insurance

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The Charity Insurance Broker

Access Insurance Services – the charity insurance broker.  Please contact us on 020 8651 7420 for more information or for a quotation.

More of our resources as a charity insurance broker can be found on this link.

Access Insurance Brokers are delighted to announce that they have purchased the domain  This is an important step in our charity insurance marketing strategy which has been highly successful over the last 2 years which saw the purchase of and

The development highlights our long term commitment to the charity and non-profit sector which is backed up by some quotes from our recent customer comments:

Our customers opinion:

“Very responsive, friendly and efficient and carried out a full and thorough review. We feel happy that a sector specialist is looking after our insurance requirements”

Eileen Cooper – Milton Keynes Christian Foundation

“Friendly, always helpful and find the best prices. Access Insurance concentrate on charities and know the homeless sector.”

Peter Chapman OBE – Shekinah Mission

“Very understanding of our requirements and their knowledge proved most beneficial to ensuring we have the cover appropriate to our needs and work. The price and cover have been very competitive and the service excellent, timely, helpful, courteous and professional at all times”

Phil Coles – Canaan Trust

“We have found Access Insurance to be helpful, professional and extremely supportive in helping us drive down some of the necessary costs of insurance for our charity”

Paul Cornell – St Johns Housing Trust

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