Electrical Contractorsâ€™ Insurance Company Ltd (ECIC) has opened a new office in Scotland to build on partnerships with brokers and trade associations.
Headed by ECICâ€™s UK sales manager Sharon Miller, ECICâ€™s office is located in the Walled Gardens in Penicuik Midlothian, which is a hub for Scottish trade associations.
Other organisations at the same location are the Scottish Electrical Contractorsâ€™ Association (SELECT) and the Building and Engineering Services Association Scotland (B&ES).
ECIC provides insurance to members of SELECT as part of an exclusive affinity partnership agreed in March 2011.
The new office, which opened officially in February, enables ECIC to improve contact with Scottish insurance brokers and expand its reputation and profile. Sharon Miller will also be telling brokers and clients about ECICâ€™s new services including insurance products for an increasing range of contractors and trades people, beyond its core business of electrical contracting firms.
Sharon has more than 25 yearsâ€™ experience in the Scottish insurance and broker market and is originally from Edinburgh.
Sharon Miller said: â€śTrust and proximity to clients and brokers are extremely important anywhere, but they are particularly valued in Scotland where contractors have a unique risk profile. Whether they are heating, electrical or roofing contractors, or involved in the painting and decorating trade, contractors have to be flexible, meet high standards and can find themselves travelling long distances between contracts.
â€śECIC is owned by a trade association, which makes us focused squarely on contractors in the most people-orientated way possible. This suits Scotlandâ€™s market very well.â€ť
In addition to enhancing broker and client relationships through SELECT, the new office brings ECIC closer to other trade associations including the Building and Engineering Services Association Scotland (B&ES), the Electrical Safety Council and the Scottish Electrical Charitable Training Trust (SECTT), which are all located at the same complex at the Bush Estate in Penicuik, Midlothian.
Roger Brown, managing director of ECIC, said: â€śSharon Miller is an exceptional ambassador for the company with an excellent understanding of brokers, contractors and their needs in risk and insurance.
â€śThere are ambitious targets for developing ECICâ€™s brand in Scotland, mainly in partnership with trade associations, so Iâ€™m excited that ECIC can enjoy an even closer dialogue with our friends at SELECT, SECTT the B&ES and the Electrical Safety Council.
â€śItâ€™s a difficult time for contractors across the board, but several significant infrastructure projects in Scotland can be expected to enhance their opportunities. We have developed market-leading products that allow contractors to protect their interests and which are easy to understand and accessible to trades people of all sizes.â€ť