Leeds-based commercial insurance broker and risk manager, Gauntlet, has experienced a huge surge in employee numbers, which has given it its fastest growth in its 21-year history.
Gauntlet’s new appointments span roles in administration, commercial insurance sales, haulage insurance, accountancy and the management of Gauntlet’s Appointed Representative network. A total of 11 employees have joined Gauntlet since September 2014 and the growth led to Gauntlet moving into new premises at Gauntlet House, Killingbeck, Leeds, at the end of April 2015.
Gauntlet is also supporting apprentices working towards qualifications in insurance, as well as administration, and is liaising with local apprenticeship administrators, to ensure that its apprentices successfully construct and complete their learning programme.
The Appointed Representative support team alone has doubled in size in the last three months, which is testimony to the number of insurance professionals now wishing to establish their own insurance brokerage, with Gauntlet’s back-office, claims handling and marketing support.
Gauntlet is already considering future facilities requirements, as it gears up for continuous growth, fuelled by broking excellence, word-of-mouth recommendation, a second-to-none Appointed Representative proposition and the rolling out of a new brand identity, across all websites and marketing collateral, over the coming months.
Gauntlet’s managing director, Roget Gaunt, said: “We are growing rapidly, but in a planned, managed and sustainable way, built upon a firm infrastructure and a backbone of loyal and hard-working employees who have been with the business for many years.
“Our aim is to use our new brand, and excellent Appointed Representative proposition, as the platforms for further growth, now we have added to our company structure and put key requirements in place. This has included appointing two new directors in 2014 – Ian McCarron and Paul Coates – and appointing a non-executive director, to help shape the business and our focus.
“We are also bolstering our risk management division and offering an enhanced portfolio of health and safety consultancy services.
“The time has never been better to join Gauntlet, whether that is as an employee, an apprentice, or an entrepreneur who dreams of running a successful insurance business.”