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2016: A Year In Review

2016 was a busy year for the directors and staff of Brownhill Insurance Group. We would like to share our year in review with you.

January

We love art and the start of the year saw us sponsoring and exhibiting at the London Art Fair.

London Art Fair. Art Now Stand

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We welcomed the first of six new members of staff to our extended family when Mathew Dominquez joined our Private Clients team.

February

New staff members this month were Rachel Penning and Oliver Marquis who joined our Personal Lines team.

March

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we were proud to choose St Christopher’s Hospice as our charity for the year 2016 – 2017. As some of you may be aware this is a charity close to our hearts.

April

Easter saw the refurbishment of our office, a smarter sleeker feel; with room to expand.
Which was great because we welcomed another newcomer, Ben Henderson as Commercial Executive into the Commercial Department.
New Office after our office refurbishment
With our clients in mind, members of our VIP Art Club continued to receive complimentary invitations courtesy of our gallery clients and contacts to various London art fairs and exhibitions. Once again we were able to invite a number of our clients to the Allianz-sponsored Saracens v Harlequins rugby match at Wembley.
In April, we also proudly sponsored the Other Art Fair with several events throughout the year, including the picture below at Victoria House.

The Other Art Fair

May

We were pleased to continue our close association with Bromley Football Club. As well as being a club sponsor, we also host the annual Kevin Andrews Memorial Cup at Hayes Lane. This year we managed to raise £1,200. Proceeds from the day were split between St Christopher’s Hospice and Cancer Research.

KAMC 2016 Teams

June

The art department hosted an afternoon tea at Le Meridien Hotel in partnership with Caiger Contemporary Art. Artist Rod McIntosh delivered a talk and tour of his exhibition at the hotel – ‘A Captured Moment’.
Steve painting

July

As a number of our staff regularly attend different networking events, we decided to hold our own social networking occasions. Our first was held in the evening in our newly refurbished offices on the hottest day of the year but was greatly enjoyed by all.

August

Just a small alteration but we finally changed our registered company name from Brownhill Morris and West Ltd to Brownhill Insurance Group Ltd on 1st August 2016.

September

For the second year running, we exhibited at the Bank on Business Expo held at the historic Biggin Hill Airport. We not only met some old contacts but we made a lot of new ones.

We were delighted to sponsor St Christopher’s Hospice’s Classic Car Show in Norman Park, Bromley.

A little reshuffle in the office and we now have a designated Sales team.

Finally, Annie Burgess joined us from school for 2 weeks work experience and stayed on as our apprentice office junior.

October

In October, Lauren Andrews was the next to join us as our Marketing Assistant. With her arrival, our social media and website blogs have been given a boost with regular interesting articles on a wide variety of subjects.

You can read our blog here – http://brownhillgroup.co.uk/blog/ or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Having reached the finals of the Bromley Business Awards for the 4th year running, we were pleased to be “Highly Commended” in the Employer of the Year & Best Business for Customer Service categories at the gala awards ceremony held at The Warren.

BBA table

We were pleased to enter St Christopher’s Hospice into the Aviva Community Fund to win up to £25,000. After a joint effort over social media, we were thrilled to hear that they had received enough votes to become finalists. Unfortunately, they did not win this year but were awarded £500 for becoming a finalist. Thank you to everyone who voted.

Staff donated prizes for a raffle and wore it pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, raising £122.00.

Wear it Pink

We said a fond farewell to Dora Tramonte who after celebrating 10 years with us, left to return home to her roots as a hairdresser (pun intended) in Devon.

November

Our new advertising poster went up under the bridge at Shortlands Station. We are very proud to say we have been providing insurance to the residents and businesses in the local borough for more than 35 years.

December

Our second networking event of the year was held in the afternoon at Aqua Mediterranean Restaurant where our guest speaker was no other than Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards! Both of our social networking events were a great success and we look forward to hosting more in 2017.
Eddie The Eagle

We would like to take this opportunity to thank those clients who helped us raise an additional £240 for charity as part of our recent Season’s Greetings Charity Campaign. Rather than sending out a physical card, we thought we would be green and save the trees. We instead made a £1 donation to Living On Bereavement ( Charity Number: 1166617) and ASSERT (Charity Number: 1021882) for every client that clicked on the ‘Donate’ button in our Season’s Greetings email sent to them.

Staff members donned their festive jumpers whilst at our Christmas Lunch for Save the Children, raising £58 for this worthwhile cause.

Finally, we ended the year celebrating our annual Christmas Party at the Grosvenor Casino.

Christmas Party

There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline for the forthcoming year so watch this space.

Bromley Business Awards at the Warren. A set table in a function room filled with fairy lights and blue strip lighting

Highly Commended At Bromley Business Awards 2016

Brownhill Insurance Group is delighted and honoured to be recognised again for the successes and achievements of the past year. Last night at The Bromley Business Awards we were awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in both of our nominated categories for ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Best SME Business’.

Brownhill Insurance Group would like to thank FHW Events & Marketing and The Warren for hosting another wonderful evening. The post awards disco and casino which was sponsored by Brownhill was well received by many of the guests who stayed on to dance and gamble the night away. The generous croupiers on both the Rouletter and Blackjack tables were happy to pass out chips for the keen revellers; of course the ‘gambling’ was all for fun and no real money exchanged hands.

Since first entering the Bromley Business Awards in 2013 Brownhill Insurance Group has been awarded 7 ‘Highly Commended’ and won 3 awards for ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Best Medium Size Business’ and ‘Best Customer Service’. These accolades show the continued strength and growth of the business and we are very proud of our achievements.

Engaging with our community is very important to us here at Brownhill. Each year The Bromley Business Awards continues to be an incredible event bringing our community together. We would like to congratulate all of the finalists and thank The Bromley Business Awards for a very successful evening.

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Bromley Business Awards Finalists For Fourth Year

Brownhill Insurance Group is delighted to announce that for the fourth year in a row they have been nominated as finalists at the Bromley Business Awards 2016.

Following on from success in 2014 (Business of the Year & Best Business for Customer Service) and 2015 (Best Medium Sized Business), Brownhill Insurance Group are hoping to emulate these triumphs in 2016.

Judging day for all finalists has been scheduled for early September with the Awards dinner taking place in November.

Update – 03.08.2016

Brownhill Insurance Group finalists in both ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Best SME Business’.

Full list of finalists here.

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Brownhill Insurance Group announced as Best Medium Sized Business 2015

Continuing on from their success of 2014, the team at Brownhill Insurance Group were celebrating last night at the Bromley Business Award having been honoured with the award for ‘Best Medium Sized Business’ 2015. This accolade was backed up with a ‘Highly Commended’ achievement in the ‘Best Employer Award’.

Managing Director – Gillian Henderson delivered an emotional acceptance speech, dedicating the Best Medium Sized Business award to her father and founder of the company – John Brownhill who lost his battle with illness in August this year.

Having also collected – ‘Best Business for Customer Service’ and ‘Business of the Year’ at last year’s event, Gillian Henderson commented that she was “extremely proud of the whole team and our continued successes in the spotlight is due to the tireless and dedicated individuals that collectively make up Brownhill Insurance Group”.

Brownhill Insurance Group celebrated their 35th year in business in April.

Bromley Business Awards 2014 - Winners

Brownhill Insurance Group Announced as Finalists in Bromley Business Awards 2015

Brownhill Insurance Group is delighted to announce that for the third year in a row they have been nominated as finalists in the Bromley Business Awards.

Following their first year in 2013 where they picked up two ‘highly commended’ awards and their huge success in 2014 where they were honoured with ‘Best Business for Customer Service’ and the most prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ award, the team are eagerly awaiting the 2015 awards ceremony on 15th October.

Brownhill Insurance group have been nominated as finalists in the ‘Best Medium Size Business’ category as well as ‘Best Employer Award’.

For a full list of the finalists in all categories, please click here (PDF).

Brownhills would like to wish all the other finalists the very best of luck and look forward to seeing a few familiar faces at The Warren on 15th October.

Bromley Business Awards 2014 - Winners

2014 Bromley Business of the Year

Having demonstrated “outstanding commercial success in more than one area of business”, Brownhill Insurance Group was last week awarded the 2014 Business of the Year Award at the Bromley Business Awards. Last Thursday saw the awards return to the Warren in West Wickham for the awards night where companies from all over the borough were awarded prizes for innovation, dedication to the employment of young people and support of sustainability in the borough.

Having been short-listed for three categories, Best Medium Sized Business, Best Employer and Staff Development and Best Business for Customer Service, everyone here at Brownhill Insurance Group had eagerly awaited Thursday night’s decision from the judges with anticipation. Nerves were soon calmed however after coming Highly Commended, first in the Best Medium Sized Business category which is equalled with another Highly Commended in the Best Employer and Staff Development Category. These two Highly Commended’s equalled our performance at the Bromley Business Awards in 2013.

We were delighted to be awarded winners of the Best Business for Customer Service award as customer service is at the centre of everything we do here at Brownhills and it was such an honour to be recognised for our work on customer satisfaction. Having been awarded Best Business for Customer Service for our constant monitoring of customer satisfaction and our continuous desire to improve on our already high levels of positive feedback Gillian Henderson, Company Director, took to the stage to accept the award. Gillian was joined by her two sisters, Pauline Andrews and Tracy Weedon on stage to thank the judges, the staff at Brownhills and most importantly our loyal customers for their support over the last 34 years in business.

The night finished with the coveted Business of the Year Award, given to the business whose achievements over the year, together with their dedication to their staff and customers, showed them to be an “exemplar” to other businesses in Bromley as well as “business champion” of the awards. It goes without saying that Gillian Henderson, and all those from Brownhills who attended the awards evening were thrilled at having been chosen for this award and after a few moments of silence and disbelief, the three sisters returned to the stage again to thank the the judges once more. Gillian Henderson went on to say how proud she was to be working for a company her father, John Brownhill, had started and how much this award would mean to him. To much applause, Brownhill Insurance Group were handed the award by Robert Walters, director of Biggin Hill Airport who were the lead sponsor of the Bromley Business Awards 2014.

It is with great pleasure, and pride, that we can call ourselves Bromley Business of the Year 2014, and the Best Business for Customer Service, and we will continue to strive for the high level of service we provide on a daily basis. We welcome the challenge that this award brings, and look forward to the coming 12 months.

Business of the Year Award

From left to right: Robert Walters, director of Biggin Hill Airport, Gillian Henderson, Pauline Andrews and Tracy Weedon of Brownhill Insurance Group

Brownhill Insurance Group

Brownhills: Highly Commended as Best Business for Customer Service/Best Employer and Staff Development Categories

Brownhill Insurance Group was “highly commended” last week in both ‘Best Business for Customer Service’ and ‘Best Employer and Staff Development’ categories of the Bromley Business Awards 2013.

Brownhill Insurance Group was considered and shortlisted in both categories for its dedication and value-add to its customers and also its staff. Read more