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.

Continue reading “Our New Team is Hitting New Heights”

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Congratulations to Brendan Murphy who was the lucky winner of our recent Apple Watch competition.

Our Operations & Distribution Director Karen Percy presented Brendan with his prize on the Thistle Underwriting stand at this year’s Expo Coventry in November.

Needless to say Mr Murphy was delighted to receive his prize.