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Topic: Incubation during Covid-19
Author: Rachel Gordon
Deadline: 2 March
Under tough conditions Post looks at how the insurtech community has managed to develop new ideas and bring them to market during the global pandemic. Asking if measures such as the Financial Conduct Authority and City of London Corporation launching their Digital Sandbox pilot have helped?
- How have insurtechs faired in 2020?
- What type of insurance start-ups have been seen?
- How have schemes and pilots helped?
- What were the challenges of launching this during a pandemic?
- What products have been brought to market and are they being used by incumbents?
- How is success being measured?
- What next for the participants?
- Will there be a 2021 cohorts of any schemes that ran this year?
Topic: The impact of making Covid vaccines mandatory
Author: Pam Kokoszka
Deadline: 9 March
With the roll out of Covid-19 vaccines under way companies including Pimlico Plumbers have hit the headlines by saying they might require mandatory vaccines for their staff. The firm plans to change its existing contracts and will address the gap in new starters saying it might not employ people if they have not had the vaccine.
- How will this affect employer’s liability and public liability insurance for these firms?
- Will existing employees have grounds for unfair dismissal if they refuse to have the vaccine?
- Will equality laws provide any protection?
- How are self employed contractors affected by this?
- Will insurers be seeking to change wording in EL and PL policies?
- Are they preparing for claim in this area if other firms follow suit?
Topic: Return to work
Author: Emmanuel Kenning
Deadline: 16 March
Background: People have career breaks at different ages and for different reasons. These might include looking after a young family, caring for a relative, to deal with stress or mental health issues, volunteering for a charity, exploring a new challenge and more.
With working lives now potentially stretching to 50 years, the likelihood is that more people will need or want to take a career break in the future. There is clear demand for routes back into employment after time away. Research in 2016 found that around 427,000 female professionals were on a career break but wanted to return to the workforce.
This article will investigate whether insurers are welcoming of returnees who have had a career gap. It will ask what programmes are in place to support them and benefit from the range of skills, experience, motivation and fresh perspective that they can bring to an organisation.
- Do you have a returners programme for either former staff or more widely?
- What are the benefits of attracting returners to your company?
- Are returnships temporary placements or permanent?
- What specific mentoring, training and networking is available?
- Does it include working-time flexibility to help smooth the transition back into a working career?
- Are returners seen as less competent thereafter and suffer from fewer promotion opportunities or do you have evidence of long-term success?
- How do returners avoid ending up in roles below their potential?
- How do returners stand out in a crowded job market?
Topic: Brokers access to European Market
Author: David Worsfold
Deadline: 31 March
Background: 2021 started with Leeds head-quartered W Denis Insurance Brokers announcing a new European based insurance broking business in Lithuania while Seventeen Group, owners of James Hallam and Touchstone Underwriting, created a joint German venture, London Re, with MRH Trowe,
Maximilian Trowe, joint managing director of London Re, commented: “Establishing direct access to Lloyd’s of London has long been a strategic goal for MRH Trowe and we are excited that this became feasible through the personal relationship with Seventeen Group. London Re enables us to counter the capacity bottlenecks of insurers existing in the EU market and to offer support to medium-sized brokers for complex risks.”
Last year saw some of the larger brokers make European plans with many choosing Ireland as a base (Aston lark, GRP and PIB) – we look at what 2021 will bring for medium-sized and smaller brokers in accessing European markets.
- Is setting up new branches or partnering with existing European brokers the best way for UK brokers to regain passporting rights across Europe?
- Are European brokers keen to partner with UK firms?
- Are we likely to see more brokers follow suit?
- Which countries are most attractive for brokers to set up in?
- Which European brokers are most likely to partner with UK brokers?
- How much business is being lost while brokers don’t have these European arms/partnerships?
- What are the barriers to entry?
Topic: World of work – How have brokers adapted to the new normal?
Author: Sam Barrett
Deadline: 7 April
Background: The longer the pandemic goes on the more profound and permanent the changes in the world of work are likely to be. The broking market has responded well, especially since it once prided itself on the importance of face-to-face deals. What does it mean for High Street brokers, especially as town centres threaten to become ghost towns and commercial brokers who rely on relationships to get deals done?
- Is the insurance industry ready for a big permanent switch to remote working – major insurers such as Aviva are changing their property holding to reflect this – how does that affect brokers?
- How will brokers maintain relationships that are so important?
- What are the implications for HR (will need to get out of their offices/ivory towers and visit people in their homes!)?
- How is cyber/data security affected?
- What impact will this have on training and mentoring?
- Will this be positive or negative diversity – historically a problem area for brokers?
Topic: Broker M&A
Author: Edmund Tirbutt
Background: : Despite a difficult year for many markets according to Imas in 2021 there was a record of £10.5bn of UK insurance distribution mergers and acquisitions. The experts calculated that even if the impact of Aon’s takeover of Willis Towers Watson was taken out the deals would remain £5m higher than any previous years.
- What fuelled this growth?
- Could this growth be repeated?
- Where is funding coming from? Has this changed in recent years?
- Why hasn’t Covid impacted this – is the impact delayed?
- What type of firms are making up the numbers – are more smaller deals coming through? What is driving this?
- Is this due to lack of firms available or lack of buyer appetite?
- Which types of business/lines are most attractive?
- Is the available pot drying up?
- What of brokers buying branches/companies abroad?
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