Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey branches for newly combined insurance brokers
A new name in insurance was introduced in Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey today (Tuesday) after two of Northern Ireland’s most established brokers joined forces.
Abbey Insurance and Autoline Insurance have teamed up to become AbbeyAutoline.
Julie Gibbons is managing director of the newly combined insurance broking business, which includes premises in Green Street, Carrickfergus and a number of branches in the Newtownabbey area.
AbbeyAutoline now has 22 branches province wide and employs 470 staff, making it the biggest insurance broker in Northern Ireland.
Both Abbey Insurance and Autoline were established by local entrepreneurs almost 50 years ago.
Julie Gibbons said: “This is one of the most significant moves in the local insurance industry in decades. Both these home-grown broking businesses have developed side by side for almost 50 years.
“To see them coming together heralds the start of not only a bigger and stronger business, but greater choice for all our customers, with an expanded panel of insurers.
“As a combined business, we can now offer customers a broader range of products, which encompasses car and home insurance, along with travel, van, motorbike, taxi, farm and business insurance. Customers insured through either Abbey or Autoline can be confident that their current insurance cover continues uninterrupted and they do not need to take any action.”
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