In a move that establishes its presence in Kent, Partners& has joined forces with NexGen Insurance Solutions based in East Malling. The team, led by co-founders Billy Coles and David Gauntlett, bring their specialist knowledge of the construction sector to the award-winning insurance advisory business.
NexGen was founded in 2018 by Billy and David, who both started their careers in large brokers, before setting out to establish their own successful practice in construction and other higher risk trades such as roofing and scaffolding.
Both firms share a commitment to building lasting and valued relationships with clients, delivering a personal service and taking an advice-led (rather than price-led) approach with clients.
David Gauntlett, NexGen co-founder and director, said: “We are delighted to become a part of such an innovative and forward thinking adviser like Partners&. The vision set out by Phil Barton was clear and aligns with our beliefs around our clients, their experience with us and ensuring we protect them as much as possible in this ever-changing industry.
“We are incredibly proud of how far we have taken NexGen – and this acquisition will allow us to offer so much more for our clients in terms of proposition and overall service.
“Billy and I are excited to embark on this new journey and look forward to our future with Partners&.”
Isha Patel, Partners& Managing Partner – South East, said: In Billy and David we have two fantastic entrepreneurial brokers who bring a wealth of experience in a very technical sector. It’s clear the entire NexGen team share our core values of creating long term partnership with our clients and a passion for best in class service, making it a great match.
“This marks an important milestone for Partners& in the South East as we set up a permanent presence in Kent which will be an important market for us in the coming years.”
The team will continue to be based from their office in East Malling.
Partners& is a Chartered insurance broker providing specialist insurance, employee benefits, risk management and claims advice to businesses and private clients. As a next generation insurance advisory business, Partners& combines the best traditions of broking, such as technical advice and client service, with modern thinking and intelligent use of technology, to enhance the client experience and create a dynamic workplace for its talented team.
In July 2023, Partners& was named Broker of the Year at The British Insurance Awards.
Partners& has also been shortlisted in the UK Health & Protection Awards for Best Individual Protection Advice Firm which will be announced on 11 October as well as UK Broker Awards for “Commercial Lines Broker of the Year”, “Schemes Broker of the Year” and “Best Training Programme”, which will be announced in November 2023.
Other accolades include the Best Diversity & Inclusion Programme and Best UK Start Up at the 2021 UK Broker Awards and the Diversity and Inclusion category at the Broker Innovation Awards 2022. It has also been awarded its second gold Investor in Customers award demonstrating its commitment to delivering exceptional client experience.