Pool Re was established in 1993 as a response to an insurance market failure that was triggered by the bombing of the Baltic Exchange. The costs of the Provisional IRA’s mainland bombing campaign in the 1990s led to insurers withdrawing cover for terrorism-related damage. Pool Re was founded by the insurance industry in cooperation with, and backed by funding from Her Majesty’s Treasury, to form a private sector solution to a public policy objective.
Since its foundation, Pool Re has provided effective protection for the UK economy and currently underwrites over £2 trillion of exposure in commercial property to terrorism risk across the UK mainland. To date, Pool Re has paid out claims of more than £600 million at no cost to the UK taxpayer. The largest claim resulted from the 1993 Bishopsgate bombing in the City of London – then £262 million.
As well as the provision of Terrorism Insurance cover, Pool RE have a market leading and globally renowned terrorism risk analysis and research team, responsible for providing the capability in understanding the terrorism threat landscape. We have a particular focus in sharing and raising awareness among SME’s all around the UK.
HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. We serve more than 39 million customers through four global businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 66 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.
We aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and ultimately helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.
Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by around 200,000 shareholders in 130 countries and territories.
The most ambitious project of its kind in the country, the Lower Thames Crossing is the largest single road investment scheme in the UK since the M25 was completed more than 30 years ago.
The UK’s longest road tunnel will be built below the River Thames to connect communities in Kent, Thurrock and Essex. It will unlock opportunities and economic growth for the region and the country by offering new connections and more reliable, quicker journeys.
The new road will be 14.5 miles long and will link the A2 and M2 in Kent, with the A13 in Essex and the M25. It will also include two 2.5 mile tunnels below the River Thames. Subject to planning consent, we expect to open the crossing in 2027.
Formed in 1999, Totaljobs is one of UK’s leading
job boards, attracting 20 million visits and 5
million job applications from qualified jobseekers
every month. Over 300,000 jobseekers visit our
platform every day, with over 270,000 jobs to
choose from at any given time.
In May 2018, Totaljobs partnered with Jobsite to
become the UK’s largest hiring platform offering
employers the opportunity to advertise vacancies
across both platforms from one system,
and access to almost half of the UK working
Totaljobs and Jobsite are part of the
StepStone Group, one of the world’s leading
e-recruitment businesses. With a head office
in London and offices in Birmingham, Havant,
Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham and
Glasgow, StepStone in the UK comprises
Totaljobs and Jobsite plus nine additional
job boards. These include: Caterer.com,
CatererGlobal, CWJobs, Milkround, CityJobs,
RetailChoice, CareerStructure, JustEngineers
and emedcareers. Together these brands
provide access to 19 million searchable
The Automobile Association was created by people like you – keen drivers who just wanted fair treatment.
Not much has changed on that front since June 1905, when four driving enthusiasts banded together in London to form the AA. From day one our goal has been exactly the same: to protect you, the motorist, and put your interests first.
With over 15 million members from the original 90, it's fair to say we've grown a bit; in fact, we're now the UK's largest motoring organisation, still going strong over a century later. From setting up our first motorbike patrols to piloting 'connected cars', we've got a unique history of embracing new technology and innovations to better serve you.
At Elite Business, we’re passionate about championing new business. Providing fresh perspectives and representing disruptive solutions, we’re interested in the startups and SMEs that are spearheading Britain forward. From tech unicorns to entrepreneurs transforming healthcare with AI, we cover the movers and shakers making enterprising exciting.
Every issue covers up-to-the-minute content and presents a unique angle on the things enterprises need to know, from maximising the potential of mobile to setting the world alight on social media. We also gather the best and brightest voices in the community to share their experience.
With the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report indicating gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more have fueled a global call-to-action to press forward for gender parity. Celebrated annually on 8 March for well over a century, International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day galvanises action for accelerating women’s equality and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group nor organisation specific. See internationalwomensday.com and support the 2018 #PressforProgress campaign theme.
Now across eleven cities, the British Library’s network of Business & IP Centres provides free-of-charge access to up-to-the-minute databases on market intelligence/insights on sectors, trends and consumer behaviour, UK and global company information, as well as help to protect and commercialise patents, trade marks and registered designs. Specialist staff are on hand throughout the week to guide you to the help and resources that you need to start and run successful businesses. Uniquely placed in local communities, anyone can walk into these physical hubs offering shared workspace and complementary one-to-one coaching and workshops with external experts that help to pass on skills, knowledge and confidence you need.
With over 30 years of experience in helping small businesses to thrive, Dell is dedicated to creating the products and services your business requires. But we’re not stopping there. We also offer a personal level of partnership for peace of mind that your technology will perform the way you need, even as your business evolves.
Dell Small Business Technology Advisors give you FREE advice and one-on-one partnership to fuel your business growth. We will work with you to understand your business needs and provide you with the right solutions for success.
If you would like to discuss your small business IT needs or if you are looking for professional support; Call our Small Business Advisors today on 0844 444 3210 or start an online Chat session now.
Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with their international VAT and transactional tax obligations. Whether you’re expanding into new markets, implementing new technology, or simply trying to be more efficient, our software solutions and managed VAT services can help you reduce cost and improve filing accuracy.
We help our 33 million customers look to the future with confidence. We are the UK’s largest insurer and we offer a wide range of insurance and savings products to help people, businesses and their employees protect what’s important to them. We help them to defy uncertainty. We help our customers plan for the good times and we look after them when bad stuff happens. Using technology and our expertise we try to prevent these bad things from happening to our customers in the first place. We take our responsibilities seriously. We’re leading the way in digital insurance to give our customers the experience they expect. And by investing in digital technology - such as our digital hub MyAviva, or our new Aviva Wellbeing or Aviva Digital GP apps, we are simply focused on delivering for our customers while disrupting the way our industry works.
AXA PPP healthcare is just one of the many businesses that form The AXA Group.
The AXA Group provide a wide range of products and services that meet the insurance, protection, savings, retirement and financial planning needs of millions of customers throughout the UK and the rest of the world.
AXA services over 50 million customers throughout the world (individuals and businesses). In total, the AXA Group has approximately 110,000 employees and distributors worldwide, working in around fifty countries.
Bibby Financial Services provide funding for UK SMEs to release the cash tied up in unpaid invoices. We also provide Asset Finance for new plant and machinery as well as additional services such as Bad Debt Protection and Foreign Exchange.
We support over 10,000 businesses in over 300 industry sectors. We offer specialist funding and expertise with Export and Trade Finance backed up by a global network of 40 offices across 14 countries.
We have earned a 5* Trustpilot rating and were awarded as one of The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018.
Since gaining independence from National Australia Bank 2016, CYBG (owner of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank) is now the UK’s largest fully independent challenger bank with a 180 year history of serving both personal and SME customers – this heritage, along with our full service capability across both retail and business banking is unique amongst the challengers.
DHL Express is the global market leader in the international express business, specialising in time and day critical shipments to all corners of the world. The DHL Express network is composed of more than 220 countries and territories and has a global workforce of approximately 100,000 Certified International Specialists.
DHL Express UK supports businesses of all sizes to grow internationally through export. Whether you are a new or experienced international shipper, DHL is here to help. From improving your website’s international appeal, to the intricacies of customs duties and taxes – DHL Express offers support at every stage of the export journey.
Drax Group plc is helping change the way energy is generated, supplied and used for a better future. It operates across three principal areas of activity – generation of cost effective, reliable electricity; energy sales and services to business customers and sustainable wood pellet production. Drax is one of the largest business-to-business energy providers in the UK and our retail businesses Haven Power and Opus Energy supply electricity and gas to over 300,000 business premises large and small. Drax’s ambition is to help our business customers become more efficient, make more use of renewable power, take control of their energy costs and to reap the benefits of the revolution taking place in the electricity market.
By 2020, smartphones will account for two out of every three mobile connections, creating an online community of almost 6 billion people. This will create an incredible opportunity for businesses to engage with customers around the world. Ten years ago, international expansion was beyond the reach of all but the largest or most determined of businesses. Mobile is making the world smaller and more connected than ever. Join us to understand how it allows local business become global and small business become large.
At Facebook, our mission is to give people the power to share and to make the world more open and connected. That includes helping people connect with the businesses they care about.
Heathrow, the UK’s hub airport, is home to more than 80 airlines connecting to more than 190 destinations and welcomes over 76 million passengers each year. By providing frequent and direct connections, Heathrow drives the UK economy by connecting British businesses to the world’s established and emerging markets.
Heathrow is also Britain’s most important port, carrying more freight by value than all other UK airports combined. Last year, 30% of all non-EU exports were transported via the UK’s only hub airport. In today’s global economy, our success is Britain’s success.
As one of the UK’s largest single site employers, Heathrow also supports the local and national economy by working with our airlines, suppliers and other business partners throughout the UK. Stay up to date with Heathrow news at www.heathrowexpansion.com
Indeed is the #1 job site in the world with over 200 million unique visitors every month. Indeed strives to put job seekers first, giving them free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. Every day, we connect millions of people to new opportunities.
At Indeed, our mission is to help people get jobs. We have more than 6,100 global employees passionately pursuing this purpose and improving the recruitment journey through real stories and data. We foster a collaborative workplace that strives to create the best experience for job seekers.
Hiring the right people can be one of the biggest challenges for SMBs. In partnership The BCC and Indeed have created The Hiring Handbook which can help you succeed in today’s competitive and uncertain recruitment market, covering a wide range of topics including knowing when to hire, successful onboarding and competing with larger companies. Get your free copy today!
Founded in 1836, Legal &
General is today one of the UK’s largest investment managers, as well as a
leading provider of life and general insurance, pensions and retirement
financing. With over £1 trillion of assets under management, Legal & General
is a major long term investor in the UK – not just through investments in
equity and debt instruments but also by investing its own balance sheet
directly in UK housing and infrastructure, urban regeneration, clean energy,
health and growing SMEs. The firm has a particular focus on investing in
regeneration and corporate scale-ups outside London. It intends to grow its
current £14bn of UK direct investments including by expanding real asset
investment portfolios in all our major city-regions.
The company’s strategy is
driven by long-term growth trends including ageing populations, globalisation
of asset management and the requirement to provide today’s capital. It occupies
leading positions in the provision of intermediated and lifetime mortgages,
pensions auto-enrolment and corporate pension de-risking, and is growing its US
operations in asset management, insurance and pension de-risking.
London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) is an international markets infrastructure business. Its diversified global business focuses on capital formation, intellectual property and risk and balance sheet management. LSEG operates an open access model, offering choice and partnership to customers across all of its businesses. The Group can trace its history back to 1698.
The Group operates a broad range of international equity, ETF, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS (Europe’s leading fixed income market); and Turquoise (a pan-European equities MTF). Through its platforms, LSEG offers market participants, including retail investors, institutions and SMEs unrivalled access to Europe’s capital markets.
The Group also plays a vital economic and social role, helping companies access capital – critical for driving innovation, employment and economic prosperity. We do this through markets, including AIM our growth market that has helped over 3,700 companies raise £100 billion over the last 22 years; our thought leadership in the policy landscape; and our continued innovation. This year we celebrated the fifth edition of LSEG’s ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’ – a landmark report identifying the UK’s most exciting and dynamic growing companies. ELITE is LSEG’s pioneering programme for scale-ups to help them prepare and structure for the next stage of growth and investment. ELITE offers companies access to a vibrant and extensive community of advisers, investors, business leaders and experts.
Leading the way in currency transfers and FX international payments, we get money where it needs to be.
With a worldwide presence, we serve the payment needs of global businesses, importers and exporters, online sellers and personal clients. Trading £35.5bn in 120+ currencies in 2018, we pride ourselves on providing a tailored service to SMEs and large companies across a number of industries.
At Post Office, we aspire to be at the very heart of customers’ choice by becoming the most trusted provider of essential services to every person in the land.
We’re the UK's largest retail network and the largest financial services chain in the UK with more branches than all of the UK’s banks and building societies put together. We also have growing direct channels such as contact centres and online - meaning we’re there for more customers, in more ways.
Quest is a Leicester based company providing HR, employment and health & safety services to thousands of businesses across the UK. Founded in 1988 and previously known as Qdos, the company rebranded in 2018 and Quest is now part of the Vantage Group of Companies.
We provide HR and health & safety services direct to businesses, both on a retained and an ad hoc basis and with the benefit of some significant points of difference over our competitors, we have established the company as one of the leading service providers in the field. However we also provide advisory services through a wide network of partners. These include the UK Chamber network and Quest are proud to be the exclusive recommended supplier of advisory services by the BCC to the UK network. The scheme has expanded rapidly in recent years and we now have over 42,000 UK members taking advantage of the four services (Chamber HR, Chamber Legal, Chamber H&S and Chamber Tax) that are included in their membership fees. With usage rates increasing every year these services have, for participating Chambers, become the most powerful retention and recruitment weapon they possess.
As part of the Vantage Group we are able to also provide legal and insurance services to our clients and members of our participating partners. This “under one roof” facility is very rare and helps Quest provide the premium quality services for which we have become known.
The RBS group is a large international banking and financial services company. From its headquarters in Edinburgh, the Group serves over 30 million customers in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia.
The brands operate around the globe to provide banking services for individuals, businesses and institutions. They are working hard to make RBS one of the world’s most admired, valuable and stable universal banks.
Founded in Perth, Scotland, in 1980, with just two buses, Stagecoach is now a leading public transport operator and more than 34,000 Stagecoach employees provide rail, bus and tram services for around three million customers every day throughout the UK and in North America.
We are constantly looking to change things for the better for our customers and the communities we serve as well as continuing to make an important contribution to the local economy.
Customers have benefited from around £1 billion worth of investment in new greener buses over the past decade and we have invested millions of pounds in our trains and stations with additional cycle spaces, extra car parking, better toilets and improved station facilities. We have also invested significantly in new technology and by the end of 2018, all of our buses in the UK will offer contactless payments by card or using Apple Pay and Android Pay. We’re also in the process of rolling out mobile ticketing across our rail services.
As a result of the investments we have made, our transport services now see some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the country. Independent research by consumer watchdog Transport Focus shows that 90% of customers are satisfied with our bus services. It’s a similar picture across the rail businesses we have operated, where we’ve regularly scored some of the highest satisfaction in the industry.
TSB occupies a unique market position in British retail banking as a UK-only values-led challenger brand with over 200 years of heritage, the capabilities of a large established bank, including comprehensive distribution and product capability, and the high growth potential of a challenger bank.
TSB has over 5 million customers and comprehensive product and distribution capability, including 550 branches. We don't do investment banking, overseas speculation or big corporate finance. We just serve individuals and local business customers – we call it "local banking".
Wesleyan has had the interests of its members at its core since it was founded in Birmingham in 1841.
In recent years, it has developed a highly successful business model providing tailored financial advice and products to select professional groups, notably GPs, hospital doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers and a range of commercial financial products for the organisations in which they are employed.
Each segment is served by dedicated Financial Consultants who work only within that segment and thus build-up specialist knowledge of their professional customers.
Since 1919, Westfield Health have been at the forefront of keeping people fit and healthy. What matters most to us is providing innovative health cover that works harder for you, while supporting the NHS through our charitable donations.
We’re proud to champion health and wellbeing in the workplace and in our communities and we now provide our harder working health cover to more than 415,000 policyholders – the highest number in our history.
Our hospital treatment insurance and health cash plans, which include a wide range of valuable health and wellbeing services, make healthcare more accessible and affordable for people across the UK.