Thistle Underwriting are delighted to be joint Platinum Sponsors alongside fellow MGA TFP Schemes, at this year’s sparkling Coversure Conference.

Both MGAs are now part of newly formed Q Underwriting Services Ltd, which brings together established and trusted underwriting brands, providing over 30 specialist products for niche sectors.

Thistle Underwriting have been long supporters of Coversure. Christian Burton, our Regional Development Manager will be on hand throughout the event to answer any brokers’ questions, along with Stuart Webb, Operations Director of Q Underwriting Services Ltd.

Coversure Sparkles conference takes place on Saturday 9 March 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes and is the highlight of the Coversure Calendar, bringing together over 400 Coversure delegates.

We’ll see you there.

For more information on the Coversure Conference please click here


Thistle Underwriting are delighted to be attending this year’s regional MGAA ‘Meet the Market’ event in Bristol later this month. As part of Q Underwriting, Thistle will be attending alongside fellow MGA TFP Schemes.

The inaugural event is being held at the Mercure Bristol Hotel on 27 February and will showcase MGAA members writing all classes of business. Over 100 regional brokers have already signed up.

Dave Hinks, Thistle Underwriting’s Regional Development Manager for the Central Region comments: “This is an important event for Thistle as it provides an opportunity to network with regional brokers. Insurance is still very much an industry built on relationships and as a business we relish the chance to meet and discuss business face to face with brokers.”
The event also includes a presentation highlighting the future opportunities and challenges for Brokers and MGAs.

If you’re interested in attending, please register for free via the MGAA website.

Q Underwriting Services Ltd (‘Q Underwriting’ or ‘Q’), has officially opened for business. The new legal and regulated entity unites three out of the four specialist MGA businesses which represent the underwriting division of PIB Group.

As of 1 January 2019, aQmen Underwriting Services, TFP Schemes and Thistle Underwriting Services are now part of Q Underwriting and share a common Terms of Business Agreement (TOBA). The proposition enables brokers to access over 30 niche commercial lines products across the three MGA brands. Previously, individual TOBA’s were required to trade with each MGA.

Bernard Mageean, CEO of Q Underwriting commented: “Quite simply, Q is an underwriting business written on a delegated authority basis from multiple A rated insurers. The proposition brings together our established and trusted teams of 120 experts who provide specialist products for niche sectors. Our 1700 brokers can now enjoy direct access to all our products through one common TOBA. The benefits for brokers will increase over time as new products are launched and if we acquire similar businesses in future.”

Specialisms include casualty and construction through Thistle Underwriting, charities and recruitment through aQmen Underwriting, and motor and taxi through TFP Schemes. Wheatley Wright, who are construction specialists and also owned by PIB Group, will become part of Q later on in the year.

Moving forward, these teams will continue to trade under their established brands. However, Q Underwriting has its own identity and will become the dominant brand over time.

Stuart Webb, Operations Director for Q Underwriting, commented: “This is both a legal and regulatory change which also improves our distribution. It gives PIB Group’s underwriting division its own identity as well as providing our brokers with easier access into our broad product offering. Preparation work has been underway for over six months and the reception from our brokers and insurers has been very positive.”

Bernard Mageean continued: “Our underwriting division has developed significantly in 2018 and we have been presenting ourselves more and more as a collective. The launch of Q Underwriting is the next step in our evolution and sets the tone for a successful 2019 and beyond. The response in the market so far with our latest news has been very positive and we are looking forward to scope and size of our opportunity ahead.”

About Q Underwriting Services Ltd

Q Underwriting Services Ltd is a new regulated and legal entity which brings together three of the four specialist MGA businesses which form the underwriting division of PIB Group. Underwriting businesses which form Q Underwriting currently include aQmen Underwriting, TFP Schemes and Thistle Underwriting. The new entity launched on 1 January 2019 and provides brokers with direct access to over 30 niche commercial lines products. For more information please visit

Archie Fox, age 6 has been crowned the winner of our Calendar drawing competition and is looking forward to his trip to Santa in Lapland next month.


The competition invited your children aged under 11 the chance for their picture of a famous construction to be included in our 2019 calendar, which will be sent out to brokers across the country.

Entries came in from children as young as 4 years old and ranged from world famous buildings, such as the Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and Big Ben down to more local structures including the Angel of the North and Shropshire’s Ironbridge.


The 12 pictures with the most votes were then included, one per month, in the Thistle 2019 calendar, with the overall winner receiving a family day trip to Lapland to visit Santa before Christmas!

Archie’s colourful picture of the Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset, was crowned the winner. Archie also included hot air balloons in his picture, a nod to the Bristol International Balloon Festival, a four-day annual event which over the last 40 years has become Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 balloons from across the globe.

Archie’s twin brother Freddie also entered the competition with a picture of Weston Super Mare Pier, which was a finalist and is included in the calendar. Archie and Freddie are sons of Ben Fox of Glentworth Insurance Services in Weston Super Mare.

Ben comments: “We are so thrilled that Archie has won the competition! Both boys were very eager to enter and were really keen to do a famous local construction. As a family we are all delighted and extremely excited for our day trip of a lifetime in December.”

On Saturday 15 December, twins Archie and Freddie plus mum and dad will fly from Gatwick to Rovaniemi, far inside the Arctic Circle, where the snow is thick and sparkling, and where Santa Claus and his reindeer will be waiting to meet them.

Their day will include a private family meeting with Santa where Archie and Freddie will receive a special gift, they will meet Rudolph and his friends, enjoy a sled dog/husky ride, have some play time in the snow, plus lunch and a chance to explore Santa’s village – a truly magical day that the whole family will treasure forever!

Well done Archie, here’s to a super special day.

Thistle Underwriting teamed up with partner MGA’s aQmen and TFP Schemes to exhibit together for the second time this year at the recent Broker Expo held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Specialist Lines Zone Sponsors

The three MGA’s jointly sponsored the Specialist Lines Zone at the Insurance Age event; offering a larger presence to make a greater impact, to over 1,000 visitors during the day.

The group created another impressive joint stand which allowed all three companies to shine individually yet also brought them together under a large archway. This allowed for a very open stand with a central point providing refreshments which opened out to four quadrants, one for each of the three businesses, plus a fourth that reinforced their collective strength and offering.

Building Relationships

The underwriting teams were kept busy throughout the day holding productive conversations with visitors to the stand.

John Mason, Thistle’s Underwriting Director comments: “Broker Expo is a great opportunity for us to build our brand alongside our fellow MGA’s and to meet face to face with both existing and new brokers. The Insurance industry has always been focused on good, solid relationships and Broker Expo provides us with an excellent platform to build on those. The three teams also used Expo to cross-refer brokers between each business.”
The MGA group are now turning their heads to ideas for BIBA 2019 in May.

With Christmas just around the corner we are all sure to have loved ones who are writing their list for Santa. We are running a prize draw to win a Red Letter Day worth £250 ahead of Christmas, so you can treat someone special.

Whether you go for a Pamper Package, an Adrenaline Day, a hot air balloon flight or a trip to the Big Smoke – you’ll be the most popular person around this Christmas!

We have two £250 Red Letter Day prizes to give away, so to be in with a chance enter 15 Liability & Construction quotes through our ‘This Way’ system throughout October and November.

The lucky winners will be drawn and notified on Monday 3 December 2018

Best of luck!

Thistle Underwriting’s High Risk & Construction team is going from strength to strength, with the appointment of another two new highly experienced underwriters.

Ian Thompson joins the Leeds-based team as Senior Construction Underwriter and brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the industry. He previously had underwriting roles at Fusion, UK General, AXA and Allianz.

Ian comments: “I am delighted to have joined such a motivated and proactive team. I wanted to work for Thistle Underwriting because it represented a very exciting new challenge.  I am joining a team of vast experience and expertise allowing me to develop my knowledge and skills whilst satisfying my hunger to trade with brokers and write new business.  The idea of building a team from scratch and embedding my personal ideals and beliefs in to the team DNA is very exciting to me. I want to help the team build an exemplary reputation throughout the market place and ensure the Thistle name is synonymous with quality and fantastic service. ”

Richard Long joins as Underwriter, bringing over 30 years industry experience. His previously had underwriting roles (including specialist Engineering roles) at Norwich Union, General Accident, Zurich and HSB Engineering. More recently he has spent 4 years at a Leeds City Centre brokers with a specialisation in contracting trades.

He comments: “I was attracted to the role because of Thistle’s good reputation in the industry. I also found it exciting to be part of a new area of the business and look forward to the challenge of playing my part in the development and growth of the new Large Contractors and High Risk team.”

Daniel Storr, Thistle Underwriting’s Construction Underwriting Manager comments: “The Thistle Leeds team welcomes Ian and Richard as it continues its fantastic start to 2018. They bring energy, expertise and insight – we are a new team rich in experience.  Both have made an immediate impact with some excellent new business wins across a broad spectrum of trades and premium sizes on our Large Contractors and High Risk products. We look forward to growing with them and bringing more quality people on board as 2018 progresses.”


The team are focused on underwriting Thistle’s two new products, launched earlier this year. High Risk offers Liability insurance specifically designed for High Risk Contractors with a turnover of up to £5M. The scheme caters for many occupations requiring unlimited height restrictions and unlimited depth restrictions plus contracting businesses using heat are also accepted.

The Construction scheme is specifically designed for larger contractors and construction risks, with a turnover between £5M to £15M. Standard Employers and Public Liability covers can be combined with optional covers of Contractors All Risks, Terrorism, JCT 6.5.1 and Directors & Officers as well as Efficacy, Financial Loss, Cyber & Pollution Extensions.
Thistle Underwriting is one of the leading MGA’s in construction and specialist casualty.

Thistle Underwriting is hitting new heights, reaching greater depths and promises it can take the heat, with the launch of two new and exciting products, along with the appointment of a brand new senior underwriting team.

We have widened our expertise and product offering further, building on the strength of our Liability portfolio.

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