Two of Northern Ireland’s most established local insurance brokers, Abbey Insurance and Autoline Insurance have joined forces to become AbbeyAutoline.
restige Insurance Holdings, the parent company of Abbey Insurance, acquired Newry-based Autoline Insurance at the end of 2018. Since then, the two businesses have been aligning their operations and the new brand was launched on September 1, 2020.
Julie Gibbons, managing director of the newly combined broking business, AbbeyAutoline, said: “This is one of the most significant developments in the insurance industry here for decades.
“Both of these home-grown broking businesses have developed side by side for over almost 50 years, with Autoline established in Newry and Abbey in Newtownabbey, only years apart, in the 1970s. It is testament to both that they have grown so much over this time and now stand together going into the future.
“To see them coming together heralds the start of not only a bigger and stronger insurance broking business, but greater choice for all our customers, with an expanded panel of insurers.”
The newly combined insurance broking business now has 22 branches province wide and employs 470 staff, making it the biggest insurance broker in Northern Ireland.
Julie is firmly focused on the growth opportunity for commercial insurance that comes with the increased geographical footprint, scale and buying power.
“Business insurance is an area of particular focus under the new AbbeyAutoline brand,” she said. “As a broker our success lies in our passion for building relationships with both clients and insurers, which gives us the buying power to secure the most competitive and bespoke solutions for our clients.
“With over 45 years’ experience, our team of commercial account executives get under the skin of their clients’ business so they can fully understand their insurance requirements and provide a tailored business insurance package. In so doing, we give our clients the peace of mind to continue running their business, safe in the knowledge that their insurance needs are in the hands of the right people.
“On the personal insurance side, we can now offer our customers a broader range of products, alongside our core car and home insurance, including young drivers, travel, van, motorbike, taxi and a fantastic offering for farm insurance, making AbbeyAutoline the one stop shop for all insurance needs here in Northern Ireland.
“Customers will start to see our new name rolled out in our high street branches across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks and whilst our name may have changed above the door, our customers can be reassured that our commitment to quality, friendly, local service remains firmly in place
“As AbbeyAutoline, while we will be bigger, we will remain firmly focused on delivering the same trusted, expert, personal customer care that has successfully grown our two businesses for almost five decades.”