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Almost 3,000 UK Citizens A Week Claim On Travel Insurance For Medical Treatment Abroad

It is that time of year when people are looking forward to a much needed holiday abroad whether that is a week or two across the English Channel in France or Spain or further afield to the likes of the USA or Mexico. Unfortunately, not everyone bothers to arrange travel insurance that includes medical cover but having read the following statistics published by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) we are sure you will agree it would be sensible to do so.

According to the ABI, in 2018 there were 153,000 people who claimed successfully on their travel insurance policy for overseas medical treatment. That is not far off 3,000 people a week – a significant number.

The average amount paid out per medical claim reached a record level – £1,368. That is almost twice what it was 10 years ago when the figure was £768. That equates to around £209 million.

In total, £400 million was paid out last year relating to all sorts of travel insurance claims with an average amount of around £800 per claim with this being a record.

The amount paid out in 2018 for cancellation of holidays amounted to a huge £145 million. This was made up of 167,000 successful claims with the average amount paid per claim reaching a record level of £869.

£17 million was paid out to 79,000 people who had lost money or baggage with the average amount of a claim being paid out totaling £214.

In some cases, claims can run into tens of thousands of pounds so it is important that travellers have suitable cover in place. In one case, a couple on holiday in America were seriously injured having been hit by a drunk driver and the medical bill amounted to £587,000.

So, what has happened to premiums for travel insurance in 2018? Well, you would have thought they had increased but this is not the case as the average cost of travel insurance has fallen by £38 per annum.

You will be pleased to read that, if you are shortly to embark on an overseas trip, either on your own, with your partner or your family here at AIB Insurance we have many years experience in helping arrange suitable, quality, competitive overseas travel insurance to most countries around the world. So, why not give us a call on 02380 268 351 and speak with a knowledgeable, friendly member of our team who will discuss your requirements and obtain a quotation without any obligation.

Chris Moon Joins AIB Insurance

Airsports Insurance Bureau is thrilled to announce strengthening our Eastleigh team further with the appointment of experienced insurance professional, Chris Moon.

Chris joins our busy team as one of our specialist Niche & High Net Worth Insurance Consultants adding his many years’ experience within the insurance broking industry.  His previous position was at Savage and Holdsworth in Romsey where he joined after 3 successful years at Aston Scott in Alton.  Prior to that he worked for over 12 years at Apex Insurance in Eastleigh (which during his tenure was purchased by Swinton Insurance).

He joins the team where he will deal with every aspect of an expanding, predominantly high net worth personal lines insurance broker, including motor, travel, home and commercial insurance.

A delighted Chris said:” This is a perfect opportunity for me to develop my career further in a fast-paced expanding broker.  I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into and growing the high net worth motor and home book.

At AIB we pride ourselves on the quality of our staff and the professional relationships we are able to build with clients and insurer partners alike. We encourage our team to reach their full potential and give them the tools and resources for a rewarding career in a satisfying but demanding environment. If you are interested in a position with us please send your CV and accompanying letter to info@www.aib-insurance.co.uk

Chris lives locally in Eastleigh with his partner of 19 years and 3 children.  Most of his spare time is taken up with the family and his claim to fame is he got to meet Rodd Hull and Emu as a child!

Becca Milles Joins AIB

We are extremely happy to welcome Becca Milles to our company. We have a busy and successful team of professionals at Airsports Insurance Bureau (AIB) and Becca joins as our Administration Manager.

Prior to joining us Becca had her own photography business with her own studio having graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the Arts University at Bournemouth.

AIB representative Leah Burt confirmed “this is fantastic news for our company and our newest employee Becca is fitting in very well. She is a fast learner and adaptable and even been on a few staff social nights out. She will be a valuable asset within the team and enhance our clients’ experience when doing business with us”.

Becca lives locally in Chandlers Ford and her claim to fame is she once had dinner with both Danny DeVito and Elton John dressed in a chicken outfit. A childhood fact is when she was very young she once got a Tic-Tak stuck up her nose which despite every attempt, couldn’t get recovered until the Fire Service arrived!

AIB are fabulous at motor and home insurance so if you need a quotation, please call our team on 02380 268351 or please feel free to complete an enquiry form just now here: www.aib.co.uk

Good luck Becca and welcome on board!

An MP Is More Likely To Have A Driving Conviction

The price comparison website GoComapre.com has carried out some analysis of car insurance quotes over a 12 month period that reveals a Member Of Parliament is most likely to have a driving conviction than any other occupation. This may come as a surprise to many of you.

As you are probably aware, what you do for a living is one of the factors that affect how much a car insurance provider charges you for your cover. The greater the risk that you are perceived to be in danger of being involved in a road traffic accident the more you are likely to pay for your motor insurance.

 

Total Convictions

Their research revealed that 24.4% of quotes they looked at for Members of Parliament involved that person having one or more driving convictions. In second place were Sales Directors at 20.8%. In third place were Managing Directors at 19.7%. In fourth place were Bailiffs at 19.4%. In fifth place were Radio Presenters at 19.2%. In sixth place were Riggers at 19.1%. In seventh place were Money Brokers at 18.8%. In eighth place were Operations Directors at 18.7%. In ninth place were Company Chairmen at 18.2%. In tenth place were Surgeons at 17.6%.

 

Convictions for Speeding

If you look at the occupations that have the most speeding convictions it is interesting that 22.1% of car insurance quotes for Members of Parliament revealed such a conviction. In second place were Radio Presenters at 19.2%. In third place were Sales Directors at 18.9%. In fourth place were Managing Directors at 17.7%. In fifth place were Operations Directors at 17.4%. In sixth place were Bailiffs at 16.7%. In joint seventh place were Money Brokers and Company Chairmen at 16.6%. In ninth place were Surgeons at 16.5%. In tenth place were Chartered Surveyors at 16.3%.

 

At-Fault Claims   

The occupation with the most at-fault claims when looking at the above car insurance quotes was a Paediatrician at 17.0%. In second place was a Psychiatrist at 14.0%. In third place was an Usher at 13.1%. In fourth place was a General Practitioner at 12.4%. In joint fifth place were a Surgeon and Hospital Consultant at 12.2%. In seventh place was a Museum Consultant at 11.6%. In eighth place was a Radiologist at 11.5%. In joint ninth place were a Transcriber and Vicar at 11.3%.

All the above factors can impact upon how much a motor insurance provider charges you for the cover you require. It is important that when looking to obtain cover that you use the likes of an insurance broker that has an extensive panel of insurers at their disposal. In this respect, why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and speak with an experienced member of our team. He or she will discuss your requirements in detail so that a competitive quotation can be provided for your perusal and consideration. We look forward to being of assistance.

 

AIB boost Private Client Insurance Division with New Appointment

ByronAirsports Insurance Bureau are delighted to announce expanding our Private Client Insurance team with the addition of Relationship manager, Byron Cuff.

Byron’s technical knowledge and experience of the finance sector will assist in managing, developing and growing the private client division. He will also be working with the established team of Client Advisors to develop and further strengthen relationships with our leading insurer panel.

Byron comes to AIB with over a decade of experience in financial services. In his previous position, Byron was with Simply Health as a corporate client Relationship Manager and prior to that spent 7 years with BeWiser Insurance as Training Manager and latterly, Brand Manager.

AIB spokesperson Megan Greer said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Byron to the Private Client Team in Eastleigh. The appointment is a reflection of our significant growth within the high net worth personal lines arena and our desire to ensure that we continue to offer our clients the best customer service on the market. Byron is a strong addition to the team and his expertise and experience will help continue to take our business forward.’

Byron added: ”I’ve known the management at AIB for many years and watched the company expand and grow so am delighted to be joining such an ambitious business where I can really add value and hit the ground running.  I’m really excited developing new business and taking current business to new heights.”

Byron lives locally in Andover with his partner Klara, has a third nipple, typically supports Manchester United Football Club and is allergic to bees.  Some years ago he once saved two people’s lives in the space of a week.  He noticed a 12 year old boy drowning in a swimming pool and jumped in and saved him and then the following day returned to his car whilst shopping to find a man on the ground having a heart attack.

All the very best of luck Byron.

Your Employment Status Is Important When Applying For Car Insurance

EmploymentWhen you apply for a quote for car insurance, whether it is direct with the insurance company, through a broker like ourselves or via a price comparison website, you will be asked a number of questions to assess the risk you present to the insurer of making a future claim and to provide you with a quotation for the cover you require. These questions include things like your age, marital status, where you live, make and model of car, where the car will be parked overnight, how many miles a year you drive, what you will use the vehicle for, whether you have any driving convictions or claims and your employment status.

MoneySuperMarket.com has done some research into the impact employment status may have on how much you will be quoted for your motor insurance that makes for interesting reading so we thought we would share with you some of the results that is based upon data in January 2018. It just shows how important it is that you provide accurate information in this respect as far as how much you will be quoted for your cover.

If you are a housewife then the average premium was £563.04 per annum. However, if you mistakenly stated on the quotation request form that you were unemployed then you can expect to pay, on average, an extra £146.39 per annum. That is an increase of 26%.

If you are a student then the average premium was £1,327.87 per annum. However, if you stated by mistake that you were a mature student living at home then you can expect to pay, on average, an extra £92.95 per annum. That is an increase of 7%.

If you are retired then the average premium was £265.66 per annum. However, if you made an error and stated that you were unemployed then you can expect to pay, on average, an extra £98.29 per annum for your cover. That is an increase of 37%.

If you are a student then, as stated above, the average premium was £1,327.87 per annum. However, if you stated incorrectly that you were unemployed then you can expect to pay, on average, an extra £677.21 per annum. That is an extra 51% which we are sure you will agree is a huge difference.

As you can see, as stated earlier, it is vital that accurate information is provided when applying for a quotation for car insurance or indeed any form of insurance as deliberately providing false details has a number of potential implications including the insurance company refusing to pay out in the event of a claim.

If you require a quote, perhaps because your existing policy is shortly coming up for renewal or if you are a young motorist looking for cover to insure your first car, then why not get in touch with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and speak with an experienced member of our team who will discuss your requirements and obtain one or more competitive quotations for your perusal and consideration without any obligation. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Difference In Rental Paid Between Furnished And Unfurnished Properties

Furnished Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you may be interested to read about some research that has been carried out that looks at the difference charged by landlords for furnished and unfurnished two bedroom flats in different cities in the UK.

There are pros and cons of both types of property lets for both tenants and landlords such as a furnished property may appeal more to a single tenant who is moving around the UK on a very frequent basis as he or she may not want to be bothered with the prospect of having to move their furniture frequently. However, a family looking for a long-term rent may prefer to bring their own furniture with them every time they move. A landlord may find it easier to rent out a furnished property and the additional rental income emanating from a furnished property may far outweigh over a period of time the initial financial outlay of buying the furniture and white goods.

The city in the UK where there was the biggest difference between the rental income charged on furnished and unfurnished two bedroom flats was Sheffield. The difference in that city was an average of 21%. A furnished property was being rented out at an average of £726 per calendar month whereas an unfurnished property was being rented out at an average of £598 per calendar month – a difference of £128 per calendar month.UK MAP

In London the difference was 9% with this equating to an extra £128 per calendar month.

In Birmingham there was a difference of 20% that, in monetary terms, was an extra £127 per calendar month.

In Manchester there was a difference of 15% that equates to a price difference of £101 per calendar month.

In Cardiff there was a difference of 7% that equates to a price difference of £50 per calendar month.

In Glasgow there was a difference of 13% that equates to a price difference of £86 per calendar month.

Whether you are a landlord looking to arrange buildings and contents cover on either a furnished or unfurnished property or are a tenant looking to arrange cover on your own contents and personal belongings in an unfurnished property then why not make contact with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 and speak with a friendly, knowledgeable member of our team. He or she will discuss your requirements and arrange for you to receive a competitive quotation from one of the insurance companies on our extensive panel.

We are 25 Years Old Today – Wow, how time has flown!

BHPAOn our 25th anniversary we thought we’d give you a brief history of our company and our roots which go back all the way to the 1970’s.

First, we need to talk about the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and our strong historic ties.

Throughout the 1970’s until 1992 the BHPA was known as the BHGA (British Hang Gliding Association) and sought a range of insurance advice from ‘Airsports Insurance Limited’ owned by a keen hang glider called Reggie Spooner.

Reggie, a former wing commander in the RAF, had stumbled into insurance and owned his own insurance consultants in Hampshire by the name of Fullbrook Spooner Insurance.  Having seen a gap in the market and to assist the BHGA, he created ‘Airsports Insurance Limited’ employing Yvonne Jukes from an office in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

Reggie, an astute businessman with a keen tongue for sales, encouraged all sorts of insurance policies for the club, it’s members and the BHGA staff that included travel, equipment, life and various liability products.

This changed in 1992 with the formation of another club called the BHPA (British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) to embrace the growing paragliding community.  Committee member Dick Long, with the backing of newly appointed chairman Tom Hardie, created ‘Airsports Insurance Bureau Limited’ which was solely owned by the club to replace Reggie’s business and quickly appointed Yvonne to the board to run the business from a new office on the Isle of Wight.

Reggie, missing his key lady Yvonne, wound the former ‘Airsports Insurance’ company up. However, he had always promised he would use any profits made to help the airsport community. True to his word, he helped local hang gliding and paragliding clubs buy hills that they found for sale.  The first one that they purchased was The Parlour, in South East Wales overlooking Abergavenny, followed by the Tinto, a Scottish mountain with Long Mind in Shropshire later purchased.

When Mark Asquith was appointed chairman to the BHPA in 1997, the insurance arm of the BHPA was considered not viable due to the ever-growing compliance issues surrounding financial services.  As such, the BHPA sold ‘Airsports Insurance Bureau’ to its then long-standing manager Yvonne Jukes in 2005.

Yvonne’s first decision was to employ her sister, Jacqui Prince, who later took full control in 2011 with the sad passing of the much-loved Yvonne in the same year.  Jacqui retired at the end of AIB2013 and the business moved back to its original home town in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

We have continued to go from strength to strength, with a large portfolio of motor and home insurance clients and relationships with all sorts of clubs including motorhome, Porsche and Ferrari clubs and associations, as well as still insuring the BHPA members today.

We look forward to another successful and enjoyable 25 years!

You May Find These Statistics About Burglaries Of Interest…..

BurglarTo come home and find that your property has been broken into and items damaged/stolen is a terrible situation to find yourself in and one that you could do without. It is an invasion of your privacy and will no doubt take up quite a bit of your time such as informing and meeting with the police, making a list of your stolen belongings and replacing them as well as contacting your insurance provider.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) obtained data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) entitled Nature of Crime: Burglary covering the 12 month period to the 31st March 2017 that we think you may find of interest. We highlight some of those statistics below relating to domestic burglary with entry but full details can be found on the ONS website.

About the burglars

  • 81% of the offenders were males, 9% were females and 10% were both.
  • 0% were under 10 years of age, 3% were between 10 to 15 years of age, 33% were aged 16 to 24, 49% were aged between 25 to 39 and 18% were 40 years of age and over.
  • 42% of the victims were burgled by strangers, 16% were broken into by people that they had either spoken to or seen in the past and 42% were burgled by people that they knew well.

When did the burglaries take place?

  • 65% of the burglaries took place during the week.
  • 35% of them happened at the weekend.
  • .45% took place in the morning/afternoon
  • 55% happened in the evening/night

Which side of the property did they gain access through? 

  • 49% front
  • 41% back
  • 8% side
  • 2% more than one way

Method of entry

  • 75% through a door
  • 24% via a window
  • 3% through other ways

What were the major items stolen?

  • 35% tools/work materials
  • 31% garden furniture
  • 11% bicycles, bicycle parts
  • 9% sports equipment
  • 5% children’s toys/baby items

Cost of items stolen

  • 35% £1,000 or more
  • 14% £500 to £999
  • 24% £200 to £499
  • 5% £100 to £199
  • 8% £50 to £99
  • 9% £20 to £49
  • 4% £1 to £19
  • 1% no cost

Contact with burglars

  • 54% somebody at home
  • 46% no one at home
  • 60% violence or force used or threatened
  • 40% neither violence, force or threats

We trust that you found the above statistics of interest. If you own your own home then you will no doubt wish to make sure that it is adequately insured along with the contents and personal belongings or, if you rent a property, you will wish to make sure that your personal belongings and any furnishings/white goods etc that you own are insured. In that respect, why not get in contact with us here at AIB Insurance on 02380 268 351 to discuss your requirements and obtain a quotation.

Things Just Got Bigger!

ExpansionAIB Insurance has been in operation for over 20 years during which time we have grown in so many ways. For instance, we have progressively increased the number of insurance partners on our extensive panel providing our valued personal and business customers with access to a larger, more comprehensive range of insurance products resulting in them having a greater opportunity to obtain competitively priced, quality insurance cover.

This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of customers that we look after on a daily basis. That meant it has been necessary to recruit additional staff to provide our bigger customer base with the outstanding level of service that they have come to expect from us. You only have to take a look at our News section where we introduce our clients and business partners to our carefully selected newly appointed staff members to see what we mean.

Of course, those new staff and the additional office furniture and equipment that they needed have taken up more space meaning that we were outgrowing our current accommodation and required further room. As a result, we are pleased to inform you that we have been able to increase our office space but without having to move from our current location as the premises next door became available and we have signed a new lease.

AIBAt the present time, we are having building works carried out around us such as the removal of walls between both sets of offices to create one large premises. We will retain our current address. When the works are completed, we will have doubled the floor area that will also have the capacity to comfortably cope with our anticipated steady growth in the future.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank our clients, insurer partners, advertising and marketing friends as well as our staff for bearing with us during the alterations. We can assure you all that it is “business as usual” here at AIB Insurance so feel free to continue to give us a call or pop into the office to discuss your insurance requirements.