Posted on Thursday 7 January 2016 by Ulster Business

Willis opens new office in reading

Richard Willis and Tom Court

A Belfast insurance firm has opened a new office in the south east of England as part of an expansion into Great Britain.

Willis Insurance and Risk Management’s new base in Reading is the company’s third office and will work alongside the Belfast headquarter and the recently opened Coleraine base.

Managing Director Richard Willis said the move was a natural progression.

It is a natural progression for us as part of our plans to grow the business further. The office in Reading will act as a hub for activity in the South East of England providing all insurance, claims management, HR, health & safety and financial planning needs”.

“Reading and the Thames Valley area are very similar to Belfast and Northern Ireland when it comes to population and target markets. We already have a number of London-based clients who look to us for a better standard of personal attentive service and bespoke risk management, so the move is a good fit”.

To coincide with the new office, Willis IRM have signed a sponsorship deal with former Ulster Rugby player Tom Court. Tom now plies his trade with Premiership rugby club London Irish, who play their home games in Reading.

Willis IRM, which primarily focuses on insurances for commercial and corporate clients, was originally set-up in Bangor in 1978 by acting Chairman Robert Willis. The firm currently has premises in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and Coleraine with over 60 staff specialising in Construction, Transportation, Hospitality & Leisure, Retail and Property Management.

“Reading and the Thames Valley area are very similar to Belfast and Northern Ireland when it comes to population and target markets,” Mr Willis said. “We already have a number of London-based clients who look to us for a better standard of personal attentive service and bespoke risk management, so the move is a good fit.”

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