Hughes insurance win prestigious business award

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Hughes Insurance, Northern Ireland’s largest independent insurance provider, has won the ‘Outstanding Business Team of the Year’ award at the 2012 Belfast Telegraph Northern Ireland Business Awards. The broker, also recently judged the 2011/12 UTV Business EYE ‘Company of the Year’, won the award in the face of stiff competition from Allstate Northern Ireland, CEM systems and Core Systems.

Hughes Insurance insure one in five motorists in Northern Ireland and generate upwards of £70 million in insurance premiums per annum. The local company recently doubled the size of its headquarters in North Down, to cater for ongoing expansion and continues to recruit new staff across the branch network to support growth.

Leslie Hughes, Chairman of Hughes Insurance commented, “This award is testament to the spirit, drive and attitude of everyone who works at Hughes Insurance in Newry, it reflects our approach to business in Northern Ireland in that it recognises the team spirit we work so hard to engender at Hughes Insurance. I started the business 35 years ago and to this day we still focus on providing the best and the most competitively priced insurance available in Northern Ireland, now we have over 270 people working as a team throughout the Hughes Insurance branch network to deliver against this objective.”

The company has over 140,000 customers across its insurance portfolio – including commercial vehicle and business insurance. 75 staff have already been recruited this year with further recruitment planned to support ongoing growth in the business. The firm is already targeting a 25% market share – aiming to insure one in four drivers in Northern Ireland in 2012.

Gareth Brady, Chief Executive of Hughes Insurance added: “It is a real accolade to be recognised as the ‘Outstanding Business Team of the Year’ in Northern Ireland. Especially as we are planning further growth in this market and are committed to entering the insurance market in the Republic of Ireland. The foundation of our success is our staff – I am confident Hughes Insurance has the best team on this Island in terms of expertise, local knowledge and professionalism. We won this award because of their ongoing contribution to the business.”

For more information visit or contact your local Newry Hughes Insurance Branch.

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