Venture Preference boosts GWP by £25m

The two firms acquired by Smart & Cook were Leatherhead-based Castlebank, an £8m GWP business specialising in commercial, high net worth insurance and domiciliary healthcare schemes and Kendal-based Talbot, with £10m in GWP, specialising in agricultural and farming business.

Neville Insurance Consultants, acquired by Stuart Alexander, specialises in commercial insurance and operates from two offices in Slough and Egham. In 1996 it acquired Blake Marston Priest and, with its specialism in

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