press release

LV= Broker and UNA alliance create a formidable partnership

LV= Broker has joined the partner panel of UNA, the organisation owned by 13 of the UK’s largest regional insurance brokers. The close partnership will allow LV= Broker to create new and innovative products which will be offered to UNA’s alliance of brokers to help them better serve their customers.

To maintain a level of differentiation in the broker market, LV= Broker will work closely with UNA to devise and implement joint strategies, which can be monitored to ensure mutual benefit. This, in turn, will enable the alliance to develop without compromising the independence of the individual brokers.

Established in 1997, UNA members place in excess of £350m of premium into the UK market, making it one of the key buying groups within the insurance industry and delivering access to exclusive covers and policy wordings.

Kevan Aubrey, Head of Commercial Distribution at LV= Broker, said: “UNA is a premier alliance for commercial brokers in the UK so we’re very pleased to have joined the Partner panel. We have ambitious goals to be the best insurer for regional independent brokers and this partnership is a significant step towards achieving that ambition. We look forward to being able to offer even more innovate products to our broker partners. We are very excited about the future together.”

Tim Ryan, UNA Executive Chairman, said: “This is vital to us. Mutual benefit for our partners and broker members is a key aspect for UNA. What sets us apart is how we can act as a real alternative to networks and consolidators. The appointment of LV= Broker is the perfect fit for us and they will sit very well around our table as we move forward and work on some exciting and innovative new products specifically available to our members to take to market.”

 Notes to editors: 

The appointment has taken effect from 3rd January.

About UNA

UNA Alliance Ltd represents 13 of the largest independent regional insurance brokers from across the UK.

Offering national coverage backed by local service, UNA offers a unique and unrivalled proposition within the UK Insurance Market.

Its broker members include BBi Berns Brett, Bruce Stevenson Ltd; Centor Insurance and Risk Management; R A Cowen & Partners Ltd; Finch Insurance Brokers; NPA Insurance Broking Group; Russell Scanlan Ltd; Ryan’s; Sutton Winson Ltd; T L Dallas & Co Ltd; Thomas, Carroll Group plc; Tysers; and WPS Group.

About LV=

LV= employs over 6,000 people and serves over 5.8 million customers with a range of financial products. We are the UK's largest friendly society and a leading financial mutual.

When we started in 1843 our goal was to give financial security to more than just a privileged few and for many decades we were most commonly associated with providing a method of saving to people of modest means. Today we follow a similar purpose, helping people to protect and provide for the things they love, although on a much larger scale and through a wide range of financial services including insurance, investment and retirement products.

We are currently the UK's number one brand for Insurance and Investments, according to the 2015 YouGov Brand Index Buzz Rankings.

We offer our services direct to consumers, as well as through IFAs and brokers, and through strategic partnerships with organisations such as ASDA, Nationwide Building Society and a range of trade unions.

Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. LVFS is a member of the ABI, the AFM and ILAG. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.
Lloyd Purnell
Senior Press Officer (General Insurance)
020 7634 4433
07500 835885