In July 1997, Commercial Insurance Services was born.
All those years ago, Stuart Allen, the Managing Director and Founder of Commercial Insurance Services, set the business up from a desk at home, with just an empty database and a telephone. This is our story so far….
Putting the customer first
The idea was simple, help businesses and individuals get the right insurance, all while providing the highest level of customer service. In the early days, we advertised in the Yellow Pages to attract new clients, holding up many households’ wonky table legs! As the business grew year on year, our main source of new business was through client recommendations and we’re proud to say that remains the case today.
Expanding our reach
In 2004, we became members of Broker Network, giving us access to exclusive products and a wider range of products and schemes. This gave us more options to offer to our clients, so they could find the right policy at the right price.
In 2010, we made our first acquisition of the General Insurance Clients of JPS Financial Services. We continued steady growth until we made our second acquisition in 2016 of Walkham Insurance Services based in Plymouth.
In 2020, just before Covid changed the world we live in, our growth continued as we agreed to look after the clients of Wealden Insurance Services based in Ashford, Kent. Despite the pandemic continuing to affect business across the world, this was followed in 2021 by the acquisition of BJIC based in Redhill.
Looking to the future
In early 2022, the next chapter of our story was written at the annual Bravo Networks Awards, where we were proud to be presented with the award for ‘Networks Broker of the Year.’ This was a huge honour for us and just goes to show how far we have come since sitting in a small office with a totally empty database.
We’re now 25 years in the making and there is more to come. Watch this space!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Insurer partners, Bravo Networks, our colleagues for their loyalty and commitment, and most importantly our clients for entrusting us with your insurance requirements.
Here’s to the next 25 years, we’re so pleased to have you on our journey with us.
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