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Ecclesiastical, a specialist insurer, triumphed at the British Insurance Awards on July 9th this year, winning the 'Risk Management Award' for their nationwide campaign tackling the growing problem of metal theft.

Ian Wainwright, Ecclesiastical’s Group Chief Surveyor, said: "A few years ago metal theft was perceived as a petty crime, now it is widely acknowledged as an epidemic. It is seriously affecting lives and disrupting communities all over the country and it is one of the police’s top priorities.

“We were the only insurer to tackle this problem head-on. We set up a team dedicated to stamping it out. We were the first insurer to provide free security guidance and post it on our website. We helped our Church customers who have been particularly hard-hit by sending them a free supply of high tech security protection, SmartWater. We also shouted about the problem, getting the insurance industry and general public to sit up and notice.

“However, our work isn’t done yet. Thieves continue to target metal anywhere they can get their hands on it. We need to continue to be vigilant and ensure properties are protected.”

Hilarious Whelsh comic, Rob Brydon, hosted the event which was held at the Royal Albert Hall. The British Insurance Awards are an industry benchmark for excellence. Nearly 2,000 insurance industry staff from all over the country attended the event. Ecclesiastical has been shortlisted on several occasions and won the ‘Marketing Initiative of the Year’ award in 2007.

The other finalists were: Aon Global Risk Consulting, Dixons Stores Group International, National Grid and THB Risk Management.

For further information please contact:

Chris Pitt, PR Manager, Ecclesiastical Insurance
Tel: 01452 334984
Mobile 07730 068821
Email: pressoffice@eigmail.com
Visit: www.ecclesiastical.com
Beaufort House, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1JZ.
ENDS ###

Notes to editors:

About Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of charities, schools, the care sector, churches and historic buildings.

Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, it now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home, travel and wedding insurance, selling through brokers and direct.

Ecclesiastical also provides a range of financial services through IFAs and direct, including an ethically screened investment fund.
http://www.ecclesiastical.com

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