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News May 16, 2022

GRP’s County Group in third deal of the year with acquisition of Marsh and Co.

County Group has continued to ramp up its deal flow during 2022 following the announcement that it is acquiring the business and assets of Marsh & Co (Marsh), and Ginger Markets, an MGA set up by Marsh. Alastair Christopherson, County Group CEO, described Marsh as a ‘dynamic family-owned broker with plenty of experience and a hunger to expand.’

News May 11, 2022

GRP acquires Castle Insurance of Durham with plans to accelerate North East footprint

Global Risk Partners has acquired Castle Insurance Services (North East) Ltd (Castle). It marks the first deal for GRP in this part of the UK. GRP’s Head of M&A Stephen Ross said Castle will become GRP’s base in the North East from which to grow the UK retail business footprint further through acquisition and organic growth.

News April 19, 2022

GRP’s County Group adds Archenfield to its Wales portfolio

County Group, GRP's North West broking hub has acquired 100% of the share capital of Wales brokerage Archenfield Insurance Management (Archenfield). Alastair Christopherson, CEO of County, said: “This is the second of a number of deals we have in the pipeline for 2022. County Group has always been acquisitive, and our interest in acquisitions remains undiminished, as we look to grow our market presence in the North West and across Wales.”

News March 8, 2022

Brown & Brown, Inc. enters into agreement to acquire Global Risk Partners Limited

US broker Brown & Brown, Inc. (Brown & Brown) (NYSE: BRO) has entered into an agreement to acquire Global Risk Partners (GRP) from Funds advised by Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (Searchlight). The acquisition, which is subject only to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022 and will see Brown & Brown establish itself as a major force in the UK retail insurance market.

News March 4, 2022

GRP’s County Group adds PG Insurance to its portfolio

County Group (County), the North West business of Global Risk Partners (GRP) has acquired the business and assets of PG Insurance, a Cardiff-based community broker. Alastair said: “It’s great to begin 2022 with an acquisition and PG Insurance is an excellent and well run local business that will boost our presence in South Wales, which is an important growth area for the Group.”

News February 23, 2022

GRP-owned Premier Choice Healthcare announces third acquisition with agreement to buy Amba Care and Wellbeing

GRP-owned Premier Choice Healthcare (PCH) has continued to build its presence in the UK healthcare sector after agreeing to acquire the business and assets of Amba Care and Wellbeing (Amba C&W). Stephen Hough, MD at PCH said the deal was the third for PCH since the business was acquired by GRP in June 2020. “Since day one GRP has encouraged our twin growth strategy of organic and inorganic business growth.”

News February 21, 2022

GRP to acquire digital broker Hamilton Fraser

Global Risk Partners (GRP) has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Hamilton Fraser (the trading name of HFIS Limited). Stephen Ross, head of M&A at GRP, said that GRP was impressed with the “sheer quality of the business, which has an outstanding track record of success in its chosen niches and is a superb fit for GRP.”

News January 19, 2022

Alan & Thomas CEO Julian Boughton has been interviewed by Insurance Business

In this in-depth interview, Julian talks about the recent A&T acquisition of BIG Insurance, how being a part of GRP has helped A&T, and the exciting opportunities which lie ahead for the business

News January 12, 2022

GRP’s Yorkshire business Marshall Wooldridge acquires Goldthorpe

Marshall Wooldridge, the Yorkshire hub for Global Risk Partners (GRP) has acquired the business and assets of Rotherham based Goldthorpe Insurance Brokers (Goldthorpe) for an undisclosed sum. Marshall Wooldridge managing director Geoff Kirk said "completing the deal was a great way to kick off 2022. Goldthorpe is a good fit for us; it is a family-owned and managed business with a strong local presence, writing commercial and personal lines business."

News January 5, 2022

GRP’s Alan & Thomas acquires Bournemouth broker BIG Insurance Ltd

BIG Insurance Ltd, trading as Bournemouth Insurance Group (BIG), has been acquired by GRP’s southern hub Alan & Thomas Insurance Group (A&T). Julian Boughton, A&T CEO, said: “BIG has a local community footprint (A&T are headquartered in Poole), and I have followed their progress closely over the years.”