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154 | UK Enterprise Awards 2020 of Underwriting respectively, both have many years working in the insurance business, and are passionate about passing on their knowledge to benefit clients. Clair has led large teams of people in the delivery of underwriting strategy in all areas of both commercial and personal lines business, while Peter boasts 35 years of experience in a variety of different situations, including hands-on underwriting, portfolio and risk management. This work has been done for both large insurers and MGAs, giving Peter a unique perspective on what each side wants from a deal. Being Midlands based has been an incredibly successful decision for the team, allowing them to easily access business across the entirety of the UK. MGAs are typically based in the South East, meaning that Centrix has been able to thrive. While based near the bustling city of Birmingham, the decision to work nineteen miles north has offered the team cheaper accommodation and reduced the need for a laborious commute into work. As a young company, the team have got ambitious growth plans for the future, with many exciting scheme initiatives in the offing. COVID-19 has had an effect on every industry, though the team at Centrix was largely unaffected thanks to an IT structure that supported remote working. As the large insurers look to reduce their costs, more and more brokers will turn to MGAs such as Centrix to provide the superior service delivery that they deserve. It’s clear that Centrix has positioned itself well for success. Their unique offering is one which has been embraced by many, and will surely be taken by others in years to come. Company: Centrix Name: Mark Hands Web Address: In the world of commercial insurance, the role of a good Managing General Agent is vital. Delegated the authority to underwrite businesses, they have a major role to play. Firms like Centrix ensure that brokers, carriers and policy holders are all treated equally, acting as an independent force that simply wants the best outcome. We take a closer look at the firm and the team that has driven it to such heights. Best Commercial Insurance MGA 2020 - West Midlands Jun20208 Founded in 2019, Centrix has quickly emerged as one of the rising stars in the MGAgame. With a team that values experience, the firm has proven more than capable of delivering an innovative agenda that meets everyone’s requirements for success. Trusted by “A” rated insurance capacity providers to underwrite business, Centrix is proud to offer a broad range of policies to suit a broad range of clients. Each has been carefully designed to suit different markets, but is entirely flexible to meet the needs of the individual. For those who require a Commercial Combined insurance policy, Centrix is able to offer commercial covers to create one, straightforward policy that covers all aspects. For a business that is involved in manufacturing, fabrication, engineering or is in the wholesale, warehouse or service sectors, this is an incredible opportunity. The care which the team are able to extend to property owners both commercial and residential is truly market leading. Centrix’s Property Owners insurance policy is built for tenanted properties, but their flexibility means they are happy to consider a wide variety of property owner’s risks. For those who have an extensive portfolio and those who only have the one property, there is an easy solution to be found here. This remarkable selection of different products is a credit to the impressive leadership of Mark Hands, with the capable support of Clair Hayward and Pete Lockyer. Mark and Pete have been with the company since it began operations and have put their many years of experience in the field behind the firm. Mark is highly regarded thanks to his successful track record at building and managing insurance vehicles. He spent nine years at LV= Broker building a commercial book from a zero start whilst overseeing branches in four cities. Over just under a decade, he was responsible for delivering unequalled growth and a healthy profit. Clair and Pete have similarly strong pedigrees. As Business Development Manager and Head Pete Lockyer – Head of Underwriting Mark Hands – Managing Director