MotorQuoteDirect (aka Motor Quote Direct) is a brand from W E Bedford Insurance Services (Wimbledon) Ltd. Bedford Insurance is an experienced broker established in 1965 that is based in Tolworth. This is the same year referenced for this particular trading name although we reckon it’s introduction may be similar to the domain age of www.motorquotedirect.co.uk that was registered back in 1999. Van quotes are catered through www.vanquotedirect.co.uk and they also have dedicated niche sites for bike and home cover. Their main route to customer acquisition has been through comparison listings. This channel has been important since outside of this they don’t tend to advertise much. You can expect to find them listed on MoneySuperMarket and GoCompare.
Debenhams is one of the UK’s most recognisable high street brands. They have a rich history dating back to 1778 and have today become a true global force, trading from 240 stores across 27 countries. As the case with many leading retailers the switch to the financial sectors was a natural step forward. This began in 2005 through the introduction of Debenhams Personal Finance. It is the Debenhams car insurance that we’ll be looking at here that is promoted through www.debenhamscarinsurance.co.uk. Unless you have spotted an advert in Google, you may have been guided here when making a search on one of the top comparison sites. This cover is arranged and administered by Eldon Insurance Services Ltd.
Dial Direct (or DialDirect) is a brand from BISL Ltd of the BGL Group who collectively serve 8 million customers. BGL are famed for Compare the Market and Budget is another creation. It has however been this broker’s partnerships that has made them such a major industry force. The relationships that they have managed in banking do certainly stand out that includes the Lloyds Banking Group (BOS, Halifax and Lloyds). Santander is another. HSBC was joined, but they have closed applications for new customers. A range of insurance markets are catered by this broker. Collectively, they have served more than 1 million customers across the range. This is a long running company established in 1995.
Igo4 has become one of the UK’s most recognisable insurance brokers. As well as the core arm in focus, they have a specialised telematics service by the name of WiseDriving. This Peterborough-based firm was started in the year 2007 by Matt Munro and Tom Cooper. Car, van and home cover is available through www.igo4.com. It is low cost cover for cars that they have become most recognisable for over their active years. There are 3 such motoring packages available that includes Essentials, Insurance and More. They aren’t specific regarding the features housed at each level. As we’re aware, More has every available add-on attached with the exception of RAC breakdown cover.
There has been signs that Sainsbury’s could be heading back to their glory days that they enjoyed from formation in 1869 right through to the 1980s. In 2015 they managed to overtake Asda to become the 2nd largest supermarket chain and more recently J Sainsbury Plc has solidified their retail credentials through the acquisition of Argos. They have managed to put many leading banks to shame through their banking division that started out in 1997 as a partnership with Lloyds although that share has now been reclaimed. They have shined in the personal loans sector and have for some time offered the market leading rate (currently 3.1% APR). Their bank now has 1.7 million customers.
Tesco is one of the world’s leading retailers and here in the UK they remain the dominant supermarket chain commanding over a 28% of the market. Their supermarket roots head way back to 1919. Their Bank started out in 1997. This was originally a partnership with RBS, but they are now the whole owner. The Bank’s customer base has impressively now reached 7.6 million. A wide range of financial products are served, but we’ll today be looking at the car insurance offering at www.tescobank.com. All drivers aged between 17 and 25 are placed on Box Insurance. This telematics product is arranged by Insure The Box Ltd and underwritten by Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company of Europe Ltd.
GoSkippy Insurance was launched by Arron Banks in late 2012. You may be familiar with the founder through his financial support of UKIP that received a lot of attention from the media. This project served from www.goskippy.com was inspired by the Skippy the Bush Kangaroo character from the Australian TV series that screened in the late 60s. Whilst branded under the single name, they are searched considerably more as Go Skippy. This brand arises from Eldon Insurance Services Ltd who also have an in-house underwriter called Southern Rock. Whilst they have underwritten GoSkippy’s policies for some time, this company is headed as a broker. The reason being that they do actually use a larger panel of insurers.