Published: June 1, 2016

Guernsey-based Channel Insurance Brokers (CIB) has been bought by PIB Insurance (PIB) in a deal which sees one of the fastest growing insurance brokers in the UK launch into the Channel Islands.

Stephen Llewellyn-Jones has been appointed as CIB’s Chief Executive Officer and will lead a dedicated team of professionals (there are currently16 staff based in Guernsey) alongside CIB’s executive directors Bob Marquis, Alex Lindsay, Jon Barrett and Jan Pearce.

CIB has provided insurance services in the islands for more than 30 years and is one of the leading brokers with a broad portfolio of clients across Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey and Sark for commercial and private customers.

Mr Llewellyn-Jones is a seasoned company director with 30 years’ experience and has spent the last 14 years managing a specialist health insurance brokerage - growing the business from a small, locally-based proposition to a multimillion gross premium company.  He has a proven strong track record of enhancing businesses delivering insurance solutions to a broad range of clients and has worked across the UK, Channel Islands and for a number of international companies.

“This is an exciting time for the business and for PIB. PIB’s investment will allow us to continue building on the strong foundations CIB has established.  Our aim is to provide a viable alternative in the Channel Islands providing competitive rates backed by a team of unrivalled experts,” Mr Llewellyn-Jones said.

“We’ll achieve this by empowering our team to deliver the best possible customer service and strong, sustainable relationships with our local clients.

CIB is the third acquisition made by PIB following its purchase of Fish Insurance and Cooke & Mason finalised last month; the Carlyle Group acquired a significant equity stake in PIB which has allowed it to accelerate its growth across the UK.

PIB group Chief Executive Officer, Brendan McManus, said: “The Channel Islands is an interesting market and one which PIB, as a global broker with a long lineage, has been interested in for some time. CIB’s local knowledge and expertise is highly prized and their ethos reflects our own: customer-focussed, tailored solutions and a desire to deliver superlative service.”