Mayor of Dudley visits Insurance Protector

Mayor of Dudley visits Insurance Protector

Mayor of Dudley visits first businesses to launch at new DY5 Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone in Brierley Hill

THE Mayor of Dudley ‘cut the ribbon’ at a launch bash celebrating the first business to relocate to the borough’s new Enterprize Zone.

Councillor Mohammed Hanif visited the new premises of Insurance Protector Group as they launched their new office space in Quay House at The Waterfront, Brierley Hill, yesterday (Tuesday April 11).

IPG, one of the country’s leading insurance brokers, was the first business to move into the new DY5 Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone.

The firm, which has taken on an open plan 8,000sq ft open plan office at the waterside complex, employs 27 people but has ambitious plans to more than treble its workforce in the next five years.

Councillor Mohammed Hanif, the Mayor of Dudley, praised the work IPG is doing to “help get young people into work” by providing apprenticeships and he added: “I wish the business and all the staff the very best moving forward.”

Bhabinder Kumar, head of retail at IPG, said: “Being part of DY5 has given us the confidence and opportunity to expand and we’re very keen to drive forward our business and create new employment opportunities, including those for young people. “Providing apprenticeships is a big part of what we do.

“We believe it’s really important to give young people the opportunity to learn the business from the ground up and gain vast amounts of experience and knowledge that will give them a good grounding as they move forward in their career.”

Dudley Council, the Black Country LEP and West Midlands Combined Authority were given the green light earlier this year to launch DY5 – Dudley’s Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone – at The Waterfront.

As a DY5 tenant, IPG will benefit from up to £55,000 business rate relief for five years.

Brierley Hill firm, Insurance Protector builds brighter future

Brierley Hill firm, Insurance Protector builds brighter future

Apprentices at a Brierley Hill insurance broker were at the forefront of celebrations for the opening of their new premises.

Insurance Protector officially launched their new office space in Quay House on the Waterfront where plans are now in place to more than treble its workforce in the next five years.

This includes the recruitment of a further 10 apprentices in partnership with Stourbridge College.

Julie Tibbetts, employment skills adviser at Stourbridge College said: “By aligning apprenticeship programmes to their company growth, Insurance Protector has a solid foundation from which to develop their own experts to take forward their business values.

“The apprentices they have welcomed into their business over the last year are coming on in leaps and bounds and have excellent professional prospects ahead.

“Much has been said about growth of the financial services sector across the Black Country and it will be fantastic if others follow in the footsteps of Insurance Protector by using their recruitment strategies to train and develop their workforces.”

Insurance Protector currently has three customer service apprentices and two business administration apprentices receiving on the job training while Stourbridge College assessors deliver their qualifications.

Bhabinder Kumar, head of retail at Insurance Protector, said: “Our apprentices are a key part of our expansion plans, so it’s fantastic to be able to recognise their contribution to the business and the career journey they are taking. They all know that it’s as much about them putting into the business what they’d like to get back. They’ve fully embraced the opportunities made available to them so we’re pleased to continue investing in their careers.”

He continued: “As a company, we’re continuing to welcome new clients and this is one of the reasons we made it our goal to move to bigger premises. Since setting up in 2012, we’ve worked incredibly hard to serve the needs of local home and business owners, as well as develop niche products for the hospitality and leisure sector. Going forward, we aim to develop our product range and perhaps explore new markets.”

Insurance Protector is the first company to relocate as part of Dudley’s new DY5 Business and Innovation Enterprise Zone. The new office is an open plan 8,000sq ft office, which they have signed up to occupy for a minimum of five years.