Hobbs Associates now part of Tasker Insurance Group

insurancebusinessmag | June 03, 2019

Tasker Insurance Group (TIG) has made its second swoop of the year.
Hobbs Broking Limited, which trades as Hobbs Associates, is now part of TIG - specifically of the specialist retail broking division within the group’s retail business Tasker Insurance Brokers (TIB).
The now completed acquisition, financial terms of which were not disclosed, comes after TIG snapped up specialist tour operator & travel insurance broker Castle Insurance Consultants Ltd in the first quarter.Hobbs specialises in technology and life sciences and is poised to add depth to the specialist broking division at TIB. In addition, its arrival extends the retail brokerage’s footprint into the Midlands, with Hobbs retaining its site in Leicestershire.

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Liberty Mutual Insurance | March 02, 2022

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Save The Bay | January 27, 2022

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Stampede Insurance | April 23, 2022

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Orchid Insurance | March 01, 2022

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