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Brexit Insurance Information

Following the uncertainty of Brexit, we are letting you know that in the event of a 'no deal' after the 29th March 2019 you will almost certainty require a Green Card and an International Driving Permit to drive your vehicle to the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Serbia or Switzerland. Please be aware that you may need to have these documents before this date if you intend to travel prior to that date and will be out of the UK after the 29th March 2019.

Internatinal Drivers permits are available from most Post Offices, and you will need to bring the following to apply: full valid UK photo-card driving licence, a passport sized photo and your valid passport as proof of identification if presenting an older paper version licence.

Green Cards, are issued by your insurance compnay. However, your insurance policy WILL NOT automatically provide cover at this time, therefore, Insurers are preparing to issue Green Cards in the event of travel outside of the UK. You will need to contact us in order to obtain a Green Card from your insurer to travel with your vehicle. A Green Card will need to be issued on green paper for you to carry with your vehicle.

Please note whilst many insurers are able to issue a Green Card within 24 hours, your insurer may take up to 4 weeks to issue one, so please contact us immediately if you require one. Some insurers may charge a fee for issuing a Green Card. Please be aware that this process is currently manual and until your insurers offers cover within your policy we will charge a small administration fee. For our Fleet customers please advise us of all planned trips in one go to reduce your administration charges.

Please contact your Account Handler for further information or to request a Green Card.

The following information will be required;

For more any queries or for more information
Call us on 0333 222 1030
Email us at info@aoig.co.uk

A-One Insurance Group are through to the finals

A-One Insurance Group (AOIG) the privately owned and run insurance broker with offices based across Dorset and Hampshire has made the shortlist in the national finals of the UK Broker Awards 2018, for the Cyber Broker Award category.

The award – new for 2018 – focuses on the ability of a broking firm to both promote and deliver cyber cover to clients in an ever shifting landscape and market. The judges are seeking an ethos of discussing the topic with all clients, by phone or face-to-face.

AOIG has become a trusted supplier and the ‘go-to’ broker firm for cyber insurance cover in Dorset and areas of Hampshire since 2016. It has been actively working to support and educate businesses of all sizes when it comes to cyber and the protection of their businesses and offer a cost-effective, fully rounded cyber solution tailored to suit each business.

Partnering with a local IT firm and Bournemouth University's Cyber Security Unit students to pull together a bespoke ‘one-stop shop’ service, AOIG continues to address current cyber and business protection issues in an ever-changing landscape and market.

Dr Christopher Richardson from Bournemouth University Cyber Unit states"The BU Cyber Security Unit has been working in partnership with A-One Insurance Group since 2015."

"We are all working to one common goal, to educate, support and deliver better protection for SMEs. The BU students performed a vulnerability assessment service via TSB to provide the assurance of business processes and addresses the need to meet the good practice of the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. By deploying these controls, organisations can defend against the most common form of basic cyber-attacks originating from the Internet and the A-One Insurance Group have developed cyber knowledge with us and have worked hard on their risk management advice for clients so have played an active part in supporting that strategy."

"I'd also like to add that the project undertaken by A-One introduced another partner to the university who ended up providing valuable work placements to my students as part of the project which gave them excellent experience in the workplace with real relevance to their course work"

From its head office at Ringwood a team of more than 100 insurance specialists (operating from six regional offices) work for people seeking cover for everyday personal requirements, commercial risk management or bespoke schemes. AOIG is also well known for an active and thorough community engagement programme to enhance cyber awareness, education and protection for businesses.

A top 75 UK insurance brokerage and one of the largest privately owned independent insurance brokers, it was founded in Bournemouth in 1993 by managing director Ian Penfold, who wanted to present the local business community with an independent alternative to established high street brokers.

Ian Penfold Managing Director of AOIG, said: "We seek to educate businesses rather than merely sell to them, and develop a thorough understanding of issues which will keep them aware and protected for years."

"When cyber first became a buzzword most businesses didn't know or understand cyber-attacks or that it can and does happen to businesses of any size nor what to do or to whom they should turn if they were compromised. Rather than produce the same information leaflets, dull social media posts and press releases, we made a tongue-in-cheek educational video aimed at educating and promoting our unique solution, to lighten the delivery of a serious subject."

"Our aim is simply to help businesses understand the importance of safeguarding their business and data."

Now in their 25th year, the UK Broker Awards are the leading platform for national recognition within the insurance broker market. There are 17 categories. The winners will be announced at The Brewery, London, on September 14.

Aspire Managing Director Tristan Webb To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The Aspire Insurance Services managing director, who has already run the London Marathon and climbed the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains for charity, is tackling the seven-day challenge to raise money to further develop the use of ‘BERTIE’ software, a structural educational programme involved in the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Tristan is hoping to raise £3,000 - visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tristanwebb1# to support him.

PJ Aiken experiences unprecedented growth

Insurance broker P J Aiken is expanding its Dorchester base following unprecedented growth during the past three years. Part of the A-One Insurance Group, which operates throughout the South West from its headquarters at Ringwood via six regional offices, P J Aiken Insurance is seeking another member of staff to service the busy market town and surrounding area.

Established for four decades, the increase in work since 2015 is the result of hard work, determination and employing insurance experts.

P J Aiken Insurance has built a loyal customer base by not only providing excellent customer service to personal and commercial clients, but also through commitment to the local community and charity work. To meet demand, it has recruited four new members of staff and is seeking another to join the friendly team.

Manager Donna Wilson said: "Customers are increasingly referring more and more family, friends and colleagues, which is wonderful for business. Some of our clients have been with us since our foundation, therefore we are seeing three generations placing their business with us."

Fundraising for Weldmar Hospice, Cancer Research, Wear it Pink Breast Cancer charity, Homeless charities and Tuck by Truck deliveries (a Weymouth social enterprise organised by Dorset Abilities Group), the broker is also involved with sponsorship of The Local Hero Awards which recognise inspirational carers for loved ones who have gone above and beyond in job roles.

Known for random acts of kindness in Dorchester town centre too, staff were out and about during the week with the P J Aiken Easter Bunny.

"Awareness of our business name is strong thanks to our community work, business sponsorships, Chamber of Commerce involvement and charity events’ participation, all of which we enjoy immensely," said Donna.

PJ Aiken Proud Sponsors Of The Wessex FM Local Hero Carer Of The Year Award

Our PJ Aiken Dorchester branch are proud to be sponsoring The Wessex FM Local Hero Carer Of The Year Award.

This award recognises the wonderful job that local carers across Dorset carry out.


For more information about this award please Click Here

Lia Finalist In The 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards

We are proud to announce that Lia Martin, Director of Corporate Partnerships has been awarded a finalist for the Rising Star Category in the for her work as Chairman of Westbourne Business Association and a Director of the Bournemouth Coastal BID.

We'll keep our fingers crossed for the finals on 15th March!

For more information about Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards 2018 Click Here

A-One Insurance Apprentice Declared South West Business and Community Champion

A-One Insurance Group has started 2018 with a bang as their apprentice Ben Bronsell has been declared Apprentice of the Year at The South West Business and Community Awards.

The ceremony organised by South West Expo and backed by The Business Exchange, was held on January 18th at The Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Swindon. The awards saw the multi-award winner and BBC Dragon’s Den 2017 winner Julianne Ponan deliver an inspirational and motivational speech.

Ian Penfold, Founder and Managing Director of A-One Insurance Group, said:"What an honour for one of our apprentices Ben Bronsell to be crowned the winner in the South West Region. It is also an honour for the whole team who have mentored and guided him on his business development journey so far".

"Within a short time following Ben’s arrival we could see he had great potential. I hope this award will harness his ambitions and inspire him and other members of our team to develop and grow within our company".

Ben Bronsell, Apprentice of the Year Winner, said of his achievement: "I am immensely proud to have been chosen as the winner of this highly regarded award, it was overwhelming and totally unexpected. It’s been a great experience and has helped my communication, presentation and networking skills considerably."

"Being interviewed by the judges puts you under immense scrutiny. The judges told me choosing the winner for my category was very tough as all of the entries were of a very high standard."

"This recognition is for the whole company and not just for me. It has made me understand that if you work hard, listen and use each opportunity as an experience you can develop, grow and make improvements and would like to thank A -One for the opportunity their A- One Academy has given me both professionally and personally."

Alec Jones-Hall, Director of South West Business and Community Awards, said: "We are proud and excited to have celebrated the outstanding achievements across the region and rewarded those who are making a huge impact throughout the South West. The success of our region and its future achievements will be built on the foundations we lay today."

AOIG Credit Card Charges Announcement

From 13th January 2018 The A-One Group will no longer be imposing any surcharge for payments made by credit card.

For more any queries or for more information
Call us on 0333 222 1030
Email us at info@aoig.co.uk

Vikkie Russ Joins The Property Business Development Manager Team

Vikkie joined A-One as a member of the property team in 2013 providing quotes for blocks of flats insurance from new business to renewals including any adjustments through the policy year. She deals with residents directly as well as managing agents that have a portfolio of properties.

Vikkie is currently studying for her Cert CII qualification.

Vikkie enjoys working with our clients and making sure that they are getting the best possible policy and premium to suit their needs and working for a successful company.

In her spare time, Vikkie likes to spend time with her family.

Vikkie Russ said,"I am excited to join the BDM team and can't wait to meet my portfolio of clients"

Call Vikkie on 01425 486582 Mobile 07887 935535

Email Vikkie at vikkie.russ@aoig.co.uk

A-One Insurance Group raise £1100 for Children in Need - A-One Insurance Group go for gold for Children in Need

Dorset based A-One Insurance Group, hosted a series of fundraising activities to raise an impressive amount of £1100 for Children in Need this week.

The first activity saw the introduction of the ‘A-One Olympics’ a competitive challenge for each team which involved a speed quiz, obstacle course with an egg and spoon, hula hoops, star jumps, space hopper racing and a sprint, building a card pyramid and playing skittles.

Next up was the annual ‘Marshmallow Eating Competition’ where the most stuffed cheeks in the building was 14 this year by Scott Elliott, however his record high score still remains undefeated at 25 from last year.

‘How many balloons in a Mini?’ saw 217 balloons stuffed into Steph Selby's Mini Cooper and ‘How many sweets in a jar’ was held by QBE insurance.

The AOIG cake sale featured Stuart Merryweather’s famous sausage rolls and sold out within 12 minutes! Other challenges included 3 buckets and one ball and a FIFA Tournament.

The highlight of the day had to be 'Sponge a Director' which involved AOIG Directors Sarah Eades, Matthew Hines, James McComish and Ryan Jupp having wet sponges launched at them from other members of the team, who paid £5 for 3 sponges!

Lia Martin, Director at AOIG says, "The day saw mixed teams enter from A-One Insurance, Aspire Insurance and McComish Insurance, and we are delighted with the amount we raised for Children in Need. £414 was raised from the Property Team raffle – a huge thanks to New Forest Aqua Park, Hallmark Hotels, RSA, Allianz, Koh Thai Tapas, Allum & Sidaway, The Hair Salon & Beauty, LV and Ringwood Brewery for their generous prize donations."

Rock Star Awards announce Charlotte Clapcott as IT Star Finalist

Charlotte Clapcott from A-One Insurance Group is confirmed as an IT Star of the Future Finalist in the 2017 Rock Star Awards.

The IT Star of the Future is sponsored by Quostar, a premier level IT & business solutions provider based in Bournemouth and is a new Rock Award for 2017. The awards celebrate the successes of talented young people and the businesses they work for.

Said Sarah Eades Group Operations Director for A-One Insurance Group, “Charlotte Clapcott is a valued member of our IT team, she is second in command and manages all of the AOIG group IT facilities, which includes all nine sites solving IT issues and producing complex web programming, she has implemented a companywide workflow system, and is involved in the strategic development of our bespoke Lotus system. We are delighted Charlotte is a finalist, her commitment to learning and delivering continuous enhancements to our IT solutions has undoubtedly enhanced our client service delivery.”

A-One Insurance Finalists in the Dorset Business Awards

We are pleased to announce that A-One Insurance are finalists in the Investing In Dorset Category of the Dorset Business Awards.

Winners to be announced at the Gala Dinner to be held at The Bournemouth International Centre on 23/11/2017

For more information about the Dorset Business Awards Click Here

Congratulations Laura!

Congratulations to Laura in our Pristine Department for achieving her New Business target for the year with 6 months to go!

Looking for a quotation for your Business Insurance?

Contact Laura today on 01425 486590 and see how she can help your business.

A-One Apprentice Appointed Trainee Account Handler

After completing an apprenticeship with the A-One Academy, an integral part of the A-One Insurance Group, George Richman has been promoted to Trainee Account Handler for Aspire Insurance, a division of A-One Insurance Group.

The role based at the head office in Ringwood will include developing and maintaining a portfolio of clients to encourage long term relationships, encompassing new business, renewals and adjustments, primarily be insuring professional and consultancy businesses and offices, along with customer presentations, administration documents, office systems and the use of the in-house IT system.

George Richman says," I am looking forward to building my own portfolio of clients and providing one-to-one help and solutions to their problems. I am excited about the many opportunities within this role and I want to succeed. The team are 100% supportive and they want me to be a success. I know I have flourished since I started my apprenticeship and I have the belief that there are endless possibilities for me to continue with more development, promotions and opportunities."

Tristan Webb, Managing Director at Aspire Insurance Services said," George is hardworking and he wants to forge a career in insurance, he is already an asset to our team as he has grasped the role and the opportunity, showed he has the required knowledge of our in-house bespoke systems, as well as being forward-thinking, dynamic, and has a positive, can-do attitude. "

Said Sarah Eades, Group Operations Director of A-One Insurance Group,"We are delighted with the progress George has made, he will now be responsible for building and maintaining his own portfolio of clients, supporting Tristan and ensuring post sales administration is completed in line with the company standards. George was our very first in house trained apprentice and we are overjoyed with his progress. The A-One Academy was created 18 months ago and is an effective platform for apprentices to begin their career in Insurance within the A-One Insurance Group. The training scheme initially develops their business administration skills and is supported with in-house training that leads to an NVQ qualification. This allows the apprentices to forge a career in insurance from a grass roots level - be it in administration, sales or client management across the many range of insurance’s AOIG offer which covers Personal Lines, Marine, through to Commercial, thus giving the apprentice access to specific Certificate in Chartered Insurance qualifications during their career with A-One Insurance Group. "

George Richman sums up his apprenticeship." Don’t assume insurance is boring, it has so much to offer and if you like people and can deliver customer service then consider insurance as a career option, the AOIG apprenticeship experience has been positive for me and is highly recommended. "

For more information about Aspire Insurance visit www.aspireinsure.co.uk or call 0333 222 1182

To apply email jobs@aoig.co.uk with your CV and a covering letter or call Keely with any questions
on 01425 486507.

To apply email jobs@aoig.co.uk with your CV and a covering letter or call Keely with any questions
on 01425 486507.

Great Work Laura! - Excellent Customer Feedback.

"Hi Laura

As discussed, I am pleased to be insuring my business with your firm.

As I said over the phone, I found the whole process, in particular dealing with you, and how you dealt with matters, highly professional and a genuine pleasure, so thank you.

It really helps when one has the necessary experience, understands the underlying business and keeps the lines of communication open, all of which you clearly showed with all our dealings.

I hope you share this feedback with your superiors, because in my view you are a valuable frontline asset to them.

Thank you

Gitesh."

Looking for a quotation for your Business Insurance?

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A-One Insurance Group announces success and further growth with the A-One Academy.

A-One Insurance Group, a business which focuses on people skills and relationships, declares their A-One Academy to be a success. The staff retention results since 2014 speak for themselves with significant results:

70% of the workforce have worked for the company for 3 years and 50% of the workforce have worked for the company for 5 years or more. The other 50% of staff increases have been due to the firms planned expansion and acquisitions.

The company believe it is important to invest in the retention of their workforce by encouraging growth and qualifications. In 2016 they launched their own in house apprenticeship scheme when it became apparent that as the business grew, further staff development and recognised qualifications in insurance were important, and so their in-house training scheme was created.

Sarah Eades, Group Operations Director of A-One Insurance Group, said "Since its launch just over six months ago the A-One Academy is proud to announce their in house apprenticeship scheme is a success story.The A-One Academy was set up to encourage school and college leavers who have the necessary skills such as good communications skills, a willingness to learn, have a good personality, are self-motivated and who may not have considered the insurance industry as an opportunity to develop their career.""

"We work with the NVQ scheme as it allows us to assess each of the apprentices individually on their tasks and abilities, rather than follow a rigid and set program. We were delighted to be able to find a program that could work for our company and for our apprentices. All training is given in house with an external course provider visiting once a month to assess the apprentices' work."

" We developed the A-One Insurance Group Academy to offer an in-house training and apprenticeship scheme as well as recognised qualifications. Our ethos behind the scheme is the belief that academic results should not be the be all and end all for employees as there are other skills required in business and there are many talented people who are not academically minded who need the opportunity to develop themselves and find a career."

"The five apprentices taking part in the scheme have shown impressive improvements in their knowledge of the industry and in their growth. In the 6 months since the training started, all five have progressed and been given promotions and additional responsibilities far beyond what A-One Insurance Group had originally planned and expected and they are all now integral to our team."

" The academy program follows NVQ standards that leads candidates towards a recognised qualification in insurance. So far, the apprentices have taken on all areas of the business from support functions to sales and have picked up many skills required in the industry."

Sarah Eades adds,"The program offers full-time, on-the-job apprenticeships and has the flexibility of working with NVQ qualifications. Our five apprentices are working towards NVQ qualifications and promotions, all five are planned too study for their IF exams. The training scheme has also proven to be a major benefit to management teams and our other staff as it has enabled them to further develop their training and mentoring skills."

"We are so delighted with the results we now plan to recruit more apprentices in the year ahead from the Hampshire and Dorset regions. Interested candidates just need to send in their CV with a covering letter to jobs@aoig.co.uk."

"We work very closely with the A-One Insurance Group, they are Platinum Business Partners of Dorset Chamber and they have played an integral and active role in their support for Young Chamber, making a strong contribution in their work in helping prepare young people for their future. They have also fully embraced the apprenticeship programme and have a clear commitment to supporting the next generation prepare for their careers." Said Ian Girling, Chief Executive, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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Brexit Insurance Information

Following the uncertainty of Brexit, we are letting you know that in the event of a 'no deal' after the 29th March 2019 you will almost certainty require a Green Card and an International Driving Permit to drive your vehicle to the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Serbia or Switzerland. Please be aware that you may need to have these documents before this date if you intend to travel prior to that date and will be out of the UK after the 29th March 2019.

Internatinal Drivers permits are available from most Post Offices, and you will need to bring the following to apply: full valid UK photo-card driving licence, a passport sized photo and your valid passport as proof of identification if presenting an older paper version licence.

Green Cards, are issued by your insurance compnay. However, your insurance policy WILL NOT automatically provide cover at this time, therefore, Insurers are preparing to issue Green Cards in the event of travel outside of the UK. You will need to contact us in order to obtain a Green Card from your insurer to travel with your vehicle. A Green Card will need to be issued on green paper for you to carry with your vehicle.

Please note whilst many insurers are able to issue a Green Card within 24 hours, your insurer may take up to 4 weeks to issue one, so please contact us immediately if you require one. Some insurers may charge a fee for issuing a Green Card. Please be aware that this process is currently manual and until your insurers offers cover within your policy we will charge a small administration fee. For our Fleet customers please advise us of all planned trips in one go to reduce your administration charges.

Please contact your Account Handler for further information or to request a Green Card.

The following information will be required;

  • Confirmation of the vehicle make and registration you will be driving
  • The dates you plan to drive your vehicle outside of the UK
  • Names and ages of all drivers you would like covered
  • The countries you intend to drive in
  • Registration and/or chassis number, make and model of anything you intend to tow (e.g. a trailer or caravan)

For more any queries or for more information
Call us on 0333 222 1030
Email us at info@aoig.co.uk

A-One Insurance Group are through to the finals

A-One Insurance Group (AOIG) the privately owned and run insurance broker with offices based across Dorset and Hampshire has made the shortlist in the national finals of the UK Broker Awards 2018, for the Cyber Broker Award category.

The award – new for 2018 – focuses on the ability of a broking firm to both promote and deliver cyber cover to clients in an ever shifting landscape and market. The judges are seeking an ethos of discussing the topic with all clients, by phone or face-to-face.

AOIG has become a trusted supplier and the ‘go-to’ broker firm for cyber insurance cover in Dorset and areas of Hampshire since 2016. It has been actively working to support and educate businesses of all sizes when it comes to cyber and the protection of their businesses and offer a cost-effective, fully rounded cyber solution tailored to suit each business.

Partnering with a local IT firm and Bournemouth University's Cyber Security Unit students to pull together a bespoke ‘one-stop shop’ service, AOIG continues to address current cyber and business protection issues in an ever-changing landscape and market.

Dr Christopher Richardson from Bournemouth University Cyber Unit states"The BU Cyber Security Unit has been working in partnership with A-One Insurance Group since 2015."

"We are all working to one common goal, to educate, support and deliver better protection for SMEs. The BU students performed a vulnerability assessment service via TSB to provide the assurance of business processes and addresses the need to meet the good practice of the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. By deploying these controls, organisations can defend against the most common form of basic cyber-attacks originating from the Internet and the A-One Insurance Group have developed cyber knowledge with us and have worked hard on their risk management advice for clients so have played an active part in supporting that strategy."

"I'd also like to add that the project undertaken by A-One introduced another partner to the university who ended up providing valuable work placements to my students as part of the project which gave them excellent experience in the workplace with real relevance to their course work"

From its head office at Ringwood a team of more than 100 insurance specialists (operating from six regional offices) work for people seeking cover for everyday personal requirements, commercial risk management or bespoke schemes. AOIG is also well known for an active and thorough community engagement programme to enhance cyber awareness, education and protection for businesses.

A top 75 UK insurance brokerage and one of the largest privately owned independent insurance brokers, it was founded in Bournemouth in 1993 by managing director Ian Penfold, who wanted to present the local business community with an independent alternative to established high street brokers.

Ian Penfold Managing Director of AOIG, said: "We seek to educate businesses rather than merely sell to them, and develop a thorough understanding of issues which will keep them aware and protected for years."

"When cyber first became a buzzword most businesses didn't know or understand cyber-attacks or that it can and does happen to businesses of any size nor what to do or to whom they should turn if they were compromised. Rather than produce the same information leaflets, dull social media posts and press releases, we made a tongue-in-cheek educational video aimed at educating and promoting our unique solution, to lighten the delivery of a serious subject."

"Our aim is simply to help businesses understand the importance of safeguarding their business and data."

Now in their 25th year, the UK Broker Awards are the leading platform for national recognition within the insurance broker market. There are 17 categories. The winners will be announced at The Brewery, London, on September 14.

Aspire Managing Director Tristan Webb To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The Aspire Insurance Services managing director, who has already run the London Marathon and climbed the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains for charity, is tackling the seven-day challenge to raise money to further develop the use of ‘BERTIE’ software, a structural educational programme involved in the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.

Tristan is hoping to raise £3,000 -
visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tristanwebb1# to support him.

PJ Aiken experiences unprecedented growth

Insurance broker P J Aiken is expanding its Dorchester base following unprecedented growth during the past three years. Part of the A-One Insurance Group, which operates throughout the South West from its headquarters at Ringwood via six regional offices, P J Aiken Insurance is seeking another member of staff to service the busy market town and surrounding area.

Established for four decades, the increase in work since 2015 is the result of hard work, determination and employing insurance experts.

P J Aiken Insurance has built a loyal customer base by not only providing excellent customer service to personal and commercial clients, but also through commitment to the local community and charity work. To meet demand, it has recruited four new members of staff and is seeking another to join the friendly team.

Manager Donna Wilson said: "Customers are increasingly referring more and more family, friends and colleagues, which is wonderful for business. Some of our clients have been with us since our foundation, therefore we are seeing three generations placing their business with us."

Fundraising for Weldmar Hospice, Cancer Research, Wear it Pink Breast Cancer charity, Homeless charities and Tuck by Truck deliveries (a Weymouth social enterprise organised by Dorset Abilities Group), the broker is also involved with sponsorship of The Local Hero Awards which recognise inspirational carers for loved ones who have gone above and beyond in job roles.

Known for random acts of kindness in Dorchester town centre too, staff were out and about during the week with the P J Aiken Easter Bunny.

"Awareness of our business name is strong thanks to our community work, business sponsorships, Chamber of Commerce involvement and charity events’ participation, all of which we enjoy immensely," said Donna.

PJ Aiken Proud Sponsors Of The Wessex FM Local Hero Carer Of The Year Award

Our PJ Aiken Dorchester branch are proud to be sponsoring The Wessex FM Local Hero Carer Of The Year Award.

This award recognises the wonderful job that local carers across Dorset carry out.


For more information about this award please Click Here

Lia Finalist In The 2018 Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards

We are proud to announce that Lia Martin, Director of Corporate Partnerships has been awarded a finalist for the Rising Star Category in the for her work as Chairman of Westbourne Business Association and a Director of the Bournemouth Coastal BID.

We'll keep our fingers crossed for the finals on 15th March!

For more information about Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards 2018 Click Here

A-One Insurance Apprentice Declared South West Business and Community Champion

A-One Insurance Group has started 2018 with a bang as their apprentice Ben Bronsell has been declared Apprentice of the Year at The South West Business and Community Awards.

The ceremony organised by South West Expo and backed by The Business Exchange, was held on January 18th at The Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Swindon. The awards saw the multi-award winner and BBC Dragon’s Den 2017 winner Julianne Ponan deliver an inspirational and motivational speech.

Ian Penfold, Founder and Managing Director of A-One Insurance Group, said:"What an honour for one of our apprentices Ben Bronsell to be crowned the winner in the South West Region. It is also an honour for the whole team who have mentored and guided him on his business development journey so far".

"Within a short time following Ben’s arrival we could see he had great potential. I hope this award will harness his ambitions and inspire him and other members of our team to develop and grow within our company".

Ben Bronsell, Apprentice of the Year Winner, said of his achievement: "I am immensely proud to have been chosen as the winner of this highly regarded award, it was overwhelming and totally unexpected. It’s been a great experience and has helped my communication, presentation and networking skills considerably."

"Being interviewed by the judges puts you under immense scrutiny. The judges told me choosing the winner for my category was very tough as all of the entries were of a very high standard."

"This recognition is for the whole company and not just for me. It has made me understand that if you work hard, listen and use each opportunity as an experience you can develop, grow and make improvements and would like to thank A -One for the opportunity their A- One Academy has given me both professionally and personally."

Alec Jones-Hall, Director of South West Business and Community Awards, said: "We are proud and excited to have celebrated the outstanding achievements across the region and rewarded those who are making a huge impact throughout the South West. The success of our region and its future achievements will be built on the foundations we lay today."

AOIG Credit Card Charges Announcement

From 13th January 2018 The A-One Group will no longer be imposing any surcharge for payments made by credit card.

For more any queries or for more information
Call us on 0333 222 1030
Email us at info@aoig.co.uk

Vikkie Russ Joins The Property Business Development Manager Team

Vikkie joined A-One as a member of the property team in 2013 providing quotes for blocks of flats insurance from new business to renewals including any adjustments through the policy year. She deals with residents directly as well as managing agents that have a portfolio of properties.

Vikkie is currently studying for her Cert CII qualification.

Vikkie enjoys working with our clients and making sure that they are getting the best possible policy and premium to suit their needs and working for a successful company.

In her spare time, Vikkie likes to spend time with her family.

Vikkie Russ said,"I am excited to join the BDM team and can't wait to meet my portfolio of clients"

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Email Vikkie at vikkie.russ@aoig.co.uk

A-One Insurance Group raise £1100 for Children in Need - A-One Insurance Group go for gold for Children in Need

Dorset based A-One Insurance Group, hosted a series of fundraising activities to raise an impressive amount of £1100 for Children in Need this week.

The first activity saw the introduction of the ‘A-One Olympics’ a competitive challenge for each team which involved a speed quiz, obstacle course with an egg and spoon, hula hoops, star jumps, space hopper racing and a sprint, building a card pyramid and playing skittles.

Next up was the annual ‘Marshmallow Eating Competition’ where the most stuffed cheeks in the building was 14 this year by Scott Elliott, however his record high score still remains undefeated at 25 from last year.

‘How many balloons in a Mini?’ saw 217 balloons stuffed into Steph Selby's Mini Cooper and ‘How many sweets in a jar’ was held by QBE insurance.

The AOIG cake sale featured Stuart Merryweather’s famous sausage rolls and sold out within 12 minutes! Other challenges included 3 buckets and one ball and a FIFA Tournament.

The highlight of the day had to be 'Sponge a Director' which involved AOIG Directors Sarah Eades, Matthew Hines, James McComish and Ryan Jupp having wet sponges launched at them from other members of the team, who paid £5 for 3 sponges!

Lia Martin, Director at AOIG says, "The day saw mixed teams enter from A-One Insurance, Aspire Insurance and McComish Insurance, and we are delighted with the amount we raised for Children in Need. £414 was raised from the Property Team raffle – a huge thanks to New Forest Aqua Park, Hallmark Hotels, RSA, Allianz, Koh Thai Tapas, Allum & Sidaway, The Hair Salon & Beauty, LV and Ringwood Brewery for their generous prize donations."

Rock Star Awards announce Charlotte Clapcott as IT Star Finalist

Charlotte Clapcott from A-One Insurance Group is confirmed as an IT Star of the Future Finalist in the 2017 Rock Star Awards.

The IT Star of the Future is sponsored by Quostar, a premier level IT & business solutions provider based in Bournemouth and is a new Rock Award for 2017. The awards celebrate the successes of talented young people and the businesses they work for.

Said Sarah Eades Group Operations Director for A-One Insurance Group, “Charlotte Clapcott is a valued member of our IT team, she is second in command and manages all of the AOIG group IT facilities, which includes all nine sites solving IT issues and producing complex web programming, she has implemented a companywide workflow system, and is involved in the strategic development of our bespoke Lotus system. We are delighted Charlotte is a finalist, her commitment to learning and delivering continuous enhancements to our IT solutions has undoubtedly enhanced our client service delivery.”

A-One Insurance Finalists in the Dorset Business Awards

We are pleased to announce that A-One Insurance are finalists in the Investing In Dorset Category of the Dorset Business Awards.

Winners to be announced at the Gala Dinner to be held at the Bournemouth International Centre on 23/11/2017

For more information about the Dorset Business Awards Click Here

Congratulations Laura!

Congratulations to Laura in our Pristine Department for achieving her New Business target for the year with 6 months to go!

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A-One Apprentice Appointed Trainee Account Handler

After completing an apprenticeship with the A-One Academy, an integral part of the A-One Insurance Group, George Richman has been promoted to Trainee Account Handler for Aspire Insurance, a division of A-One Insurance Group.

The role based at the head office in Ringwood will include developing and maintaining a portfolio of clients to encourage long term relationships, encompassing new business, renewals and adjustments, primarily be insuring professional and consultancy businesses and offices, along with customer presentations, administration documents, office systems and the use of the in-house IT system.

George Richman says," I am looking forward to building my own portfolio of clients and providing one-to-one help and solutions to their problems. I am excited about the many opportunities within this role and I want to succeed. The team are 100% supportive and they want me to be a success. I know I have flourished since I started my apprenticeship and I have the belief that there are endless possibilities for me to continue with more development, promotions and opportunities."

Tristan Webb, Managing Director at Aspire Insurance Services said," George is hardworking and he wants to forge a career in insurance, he is already an asset to our team as he has grasped the role and the opportunity, showed he has the required knowledge of our in-house bespoke systems, as well as being forward-thinking, dynamic, and has a positive, can-do attitude. "

Said Sarah Eades, Group Operations Director of A-One Insurance Group,"We are delighted with the progress George has made, he will now be responsible for building and maintaining his own portfolio of clients, supporting Tristan and ensuring post sales administration is completed in line with the company standards. George was our very first in house trained apprentice and we are overjoyed with his progress. The A-One Academy was created 18 months ago and is an effective platform for apprentices to begin their career in Insurance within the A-One Insurance Group. The training scheme initially develops their business administration skills and is supported with in-house training that leads to an NVQ qualification. This allows the apprentices to forge a career in insurance from a grass roots level - be it in administration, sales or client management across the many range of insurance’s AOIG offer which covers Personal Lines, Marine, through to Commercial, thus giving the apprentice access to specific Certificate in Chartered Insurance qualifications during their career with A-One Insurance Group. "

George Richman sums up his apprenticeship." Don’t assume insurance is boring, it has so much to offer and if you like people and can deliver customer service then consider insurance as a career option, the AOIG apprenticeship experience has been positive for me and is highly recommended. "

For more information about Aspire Insurance visit www.aspireinsure.co.uk or call 0333 222 1182

To apply email jobs@aoig.co.uk with your CV and a covering letter or
call Keely with any questions on 01425 486507.

To apply email jobs@aoig.co.uk with your CV and a covering letter or
call Keely with any questions on 01425 486507.

Great Work Laura! - Excellent Customer Feedback.

"Hi Laura

As discussed, I am pleased to be insuring my business with your firm.

As I said over the phone, I found the whole process, in particular dealing with you, and how you dealt with matters, highly professional and a genuine pleasure, so thank you.

It really helps when one has the necessary experience, understands the underlying business and keeps the lines of communication open, all of which you clearly showed with all our dealings.

I hope you share this feedback with your superiors, because in my view you are a valuable frontline asset to them.

Thank you

Gitesh."

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A-One Insurance Group announces success and further growth with the A-One Academy .

A-One Insurance Group, a business which focuses on people skills and relationships, declares their A-One Academy to be a success. The staff retention results since 2014 speak for themselves with significant results:

70% of the workforce have worked for the company for 3 years and 50% of the workforce have worked for the company for 5 years or more. The other 50% of staff increases have been due to the firms planned expansion and acquisitions.

The company believe it is important to invest in the retention of their workforce by encouraging growth and qualifications. In 2016 they launched their own in house apprenticeship scheme when it became apparent that as the business grew, further staff development and recognised qualifications in insurance were important, and so their in-house training scheme was created.

Sarah Eades, Group Operations Director of A-One Insurance Group, said "Since its launch just over six months ago the A-One Academy is proud to announce their in house apprenticeship scheme is a success story.The A-One Academy was set up to encourage school and college leavers who have the necessary skills such as good communications skills, a willingness to learn, have a good personality, are self-motivated and who may not have considered the insurance industry as an opportunity to develop their career.""

"We work with the NVQ scheme as it allows us to assess each of the apprentices individually on their tasks and abilities, rather than follow a rigid and set program. We were delighted to be able to find a program that could work for our company and for our apprentices. All training is given in house with an external course provider visiting once a month to assess the apprentices' work."

"We developed the A-One Insurance Group Academy to offer an in-house training and apprenticeship scheme as well as recognised qualifications. Our ethos behind the scheme is the belief that academic results should not be the be all and end all for employees as there are other skills required in business and there are many talented people who are not academically minded who need the opportunity to develop themselves and find a career."

"The five apprentices taking part in the scheme have shown impressive improvements in their knowledge of the industry and in their growth. In the 6 months since the training started, all five have progressed and been given promotions and additional responsibilities far beyond what A-One Insurance Group had originally planned and expected and they are all now integral to our team."

"The academy program follows NVQ standards that leads candidates towards a recognised qualification in insurance. So far, the apprentices have taken on all areas of the business from support functions to sales and have picked up many skills required in the industry."

Sarah Eades adds,"The program offers full-time, on-the-job apprenticeships and has the flexibility of working with NVQ qualifications. Our five apprentices are working towards NVQ qualifications and promotions, all five are planned too study for their IF exams. The training scheme has also proven to be a major benefit to management teams and our other staff as it has enabled them to further develop their training and mentoring skills."

"We are so delighted with the results we now plan to recruit more apprentices in the year ahead from the Hampshire and Dorset regions. Interested candidates just need to send in their CV with a covering letter to jobs@aoig.co.uk."

"We work very closely with the A-One Insurance Group, they are Platinum Business Partners of Dorset Chamber and they have played an integral and active role in their support for Young Chamber, making a strong contribution in their work in helping prepare young people for their future. They have also fully embraced the apprenticeship programme and have a clear commitment to supporting the next generation prepare for their careers." Said Ian Girling, Chief Executive, Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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