Friday, 30 January 2015

first direct ends new business partnership with iGO4

With only limited publicity at the start of the year, first direct bank has effectively ended its car insurance partnership with iGO4 Partners, and has stopped offering the product to its customers. It is understood however, that iGO4 Partners, previously known as "Equity Insurance Partnerships", will continue to handle motor insurance renewals for first direct

first direct's motor insurance has been underwritten by Ageas since June 2013 and the bank continues to partner with Aviva for its home and travel insurance, and with HSBC Life (UK) for protection. 

iGO4 Partners continues to partner with Santander for car insurance as well as a range of motor manufacturers, including Honda, Renault, Kia, Nissan and Dacia.   

Friday, 16 January 2015

Howden secures partnership with de Vere Group

Howden Insurance Brokers has secured a new partnership with de Vere Group, the international financial advisory firm. 

The partnership will be targeted towards the high net worth insurance needs of de Vere's 80,000 customers in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The partnership also marks an early foray into affinity partnerships by Howden. In partnership terms, the number of de Vere customers is relatively small, but the attraction must be the focus on targeted and specialist covers - for example, fine art, jewellery, yacht, private aircraft and overseas property. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Saga announces major partnership with Tilney Bestinvest

Saga and Tilney Bestinvest have announced a new joint venture partnership to provide investment and financial planning services to Saga's over 50s base. The new business, branded "Saga Investment Services powered by Bestinvest" is due to commence operations in Autumn 2015. Each partner will own 50% of the new business. 

The joint venture followed a detailed strategic review of potential operating models and partners. It plans to offer  execution-only, investment advisory, investment management and financial planning services through a range of distribution channels, including face-to-face advice on a national basis. 

Today's announcement suggested that Saga's existing personal finance business will operate separately from the new venture. This raises some interesting challenges given that the existing operation already includes, among others, a financial planning service from "my wealth" (Wealth at Work), life and annuity services from Legal & General and equity release and care funding from Just Retirement. 

In a separate announcement, Saga has also announced a partnership with Spire Healthcare to pilot a "home from hospital service", which is intended to help the resettlement of customers discharged from hospital.