There’s a unique selling point at Erimus Insurance Brokers. One that sets it apart from its competition and one that its whole team of 40-plus people are rightly proud of. It is also one amongst many positives that have earned this Tees firm a nationwide reputation for high quality service with a personal touch.
Erimus, based at Preston Farm in Stockton-on-Tees, is the largest independent insurance broker with a head office in the North-East of England. It competes on a national and international level alongside the big hitting corporates of the insurance industry but with a heart in the Tees Valley, the firm is dedicated to giving back to its home region.
Put simply, clients get the best of both worlds – they get to deal with a privatelyowned independent insurance broker with the buying power of a global.
The firm get the best of both worlds too – it can offer clients that oh-so-soughtafter detailed and dependable expertise and service and staff get to enjoy all the benefits of being based in a friendly corner of the North-East that has stunning landscapes, coast, countryside and first class facilities right on its doorstep.
For proof, all you have to do is ask Erimus’s new operations director Lee Elgie. Born in the Tees Valley, he’s lived and worked around the country. It was the respect the industry has for Erimus that drew him back to his home patch from a top-level job in Leeds. “I’m from this area originally, I’ve lived around the UK but this has always been home,” says Lee.
“I was waiting for that right opportunity at the right time, Erimus has a really good reputation both in this area and outside of it and in addition, the company believes in investing back and cares about local people. “That does matter, it does make a difference. It was the right time to come here – this area gets a lot of stick from people who have never been here but it is a great place to be.”
“We are the largest independent insurance broker headquartered in the North-East of England,”
Specialists in commercial and corporate insurance, Erimus was established in 1986 and has grown steadily to gain a place in the top 100 independent brokers in the UK.
It serves clients from owner managed SMEs to multi-million pound turnover companies in industries as diverse as haulage to solicitors to contractors. The firm has a strong client base in the Tees region and around the North as well as nationally and internationally.
Targeting a £20m turnover, Erimus continues to expand with a ‘right people, right place’ approach, always following the company mantra of endeavouring to create high level, service-driven, long term relationships with clients.
“We are the largest independent insurance broker headquartered in the North-East of England,” explains commercial director Paul Davison.
“That’s quite a strong USP when we are speaking to businesses. We have a vested interest in saying you don’t have to spend your money outside the region.
“We have doubled in size in the past 10 years in terms of revenue and head count and have clients the length and breadth of the country.
“Our client-centric service aims to create long term relationships – a big advantage when competing against the big corporates, many of whom have acquired businesses in the North-East to later move client handling responsibilities out of the region or close the office completely.”
Erimus means ‘We Shall Be’ in Latin and is the motto on Middlesbrough’s heraldic coat of arms – choosing it was no accident as it means the firm retains a link to its home region.
The North, primarily, is where Erimus sees its immediate future expansion ground but, crucially, this forward-thinking firm does not limit itself to geography.
“It is all about good opportunities that present themselves, serving market demand and building the reputation of the Tees Valley,” adds Paul.
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