Bridport Broker RM Gillingham & Son Ltd Joins HigosThursday 10th November 2011
Bridport-based RM Gillingham & Son Ltd has become part of Higos Insurance Services Ltd.
RM Gillingham & Son Ltd was founded in 1908 by Richard Moses Gillingham and has been owned by the family ever since. The current managing director, Richard Gillingham, became MD in 1988. Under the terms of the deal, all Gillingham staff will be retained.
Richard Gillingham said: “I am extremely pleased that R M Gillingham & Son Ltd has joined with Higos Insurance Services. It represents an excellent opportunity for both parties. Our clients will benefit from a wider range of competitive products and customer service at the highest level. The enthusiasm and professionalism of the Higos team will enable us to build on our success and continue to grow our business throughout Dorset and beyond.
“Our decision to join with Higos was motivated by our shared goals of professionalism, providing the best service to our clients with a wider range of competitive products and excellent career opportunities for our staff.”
Mr Gillingham added: “I have great respect for the enthusiasm and innovation of Ian Gosden, and his team, and look forward to an exciting decade ahead. I welcome the opportunity to maintain my involvement with the business and help ensure a seamless transition.”
Founder and Managing Director of Higos, Ian Gosden said: “Higos has more than twenty years experience of providing tailored solutions for a wide range of personal and commercial insurance needs. Alongside our acquisition plans, we continue to bring new and innovative ideas and products to the market.”
Higos was launched in Somerset in 1990 and has grown to employ more than 200 staff across 18 offices in the South West, along with representatives located throughout the UK.
The deal with RM Gillingham & Son Ltd follows the successful acquisitions of Vaughan Insurance Brokers in the Somerset market town of Crewkerne, in July 2011, and of Plymstock Insurance Centre, near Plymouth, in April this year.
The office will trade as Gillinghams Insurance Services from 1 December 2011.