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ALLIANZ OPENS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME TO RETAIL BROKERS FOR A SECOND YEAR

Press Releases   •   Apr 08, 2014 15:30 BST

Allianz has announced that its award winning Scholarship Programme, which supports brokers to achieve their CII Diploma in Insurance, will today open for applications from personal lines brokers.

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ALLIANZ RETAIL CELEBRATES CHARTERED STATUS

Press Releases   •   Apr 03, 2014 14:08 BST

Allianz is pleased to announce that its Retail business has received Chartered Insurer status, a prestigious title awarded by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) to organisations for their commitment to excellence and professionalism.

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EIGHT IN 10 BACK 20MPH LIMITS AS CHARITY TAKES CAMPAIGN TO PARLIAMENT

Press Releases   •   Apr 02, 2014 00:00 BST

Overwhelming public support for 20mph limits is revealed today by road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance, whose survey shows eight in 10 people (78%) think 20mph should be the norm around schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres. The news comes as Brake takes its GO 20 campaign for safe, active, happy communities to parliament, calling on politicians to support the introduction of 20mph as the default urban speed limit.

The Brake and Allianz Insurance survey also found:

·  Seven in 10 (72%) say roads in their town or village need to be made safer for walking and cycling;

·  Eight in 10 (81%) say traffic travels too fast on some (51%) or most (30%) of their local roads;

·  Eight in 10 (79%) think it would encourage more people to walk or cycle if roads and routes in their town or village were made safer.

Speakers at the Brake and Allianz Insurance GO 20 parliamentary reception today (2 April) will discuss the benefits of 20mph limits and progress being made by local authorities in implementing them. Speakers include road safety minister Robert Goodwill MP and bereaved dad Dave Britt, speaking about how a 20mph speed limit could have saved his son’s life. More details in case study below.

With an estimated 12.5 million people in the UK now living in areas implementing or committed to widespread 20mph limits [1], Brake argues the country is reaching a tipping point where it makes social and economic sense to make a national change in our default, to the benefit of communities everywhere.

Areas that have already introduced 20mph limits have seen significant reductions in casualties, such as Portsmouth where they fell by 22% [2], and Camden, where crashes reduced by 54% [3]. Other high profile local authorities now GOing 20 include the City of London, Birmingham, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

20mph limits also promise to deliver improvements in public health and social activity, and reductions in congestion, pollution and noise, as more people feel safe to walk and cycle for local journeys, commuting or simply for enjoyment [4]. Making streets safer and more pleasant for walking and cycling can also benefit local economies. More details on the benefits of GOing 20 below.

As well as calling on national government to change the default urban limit to 20mph, Brake continues to encourage and support local authorities to GO 20 through implementing widespread 20 limits across cities, towns and villages. Drivers can also help protect people on foot and bike right away, by slowing down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops, even where the limit is still 30mph.

Brake is urging members of the public to write to their MP to support the GO 20 campaign and Pledge to GO 20 themselves. Tweet your support: @Brakecharity, hashtag #GO20.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “The GO 20 campaign is about defending everyone’s right to walk and cycle freely without being endangered, whether it’s to get to work, school, the shops, or just getting out and being active. We need to tackle the senseless and violent casualties that continue to happen daily on our roads, and we need to enable people to live healthy, active, social lives. It’s clear that 20mph limits in communities can help bring this about - and it’s clear this is what people want. That’s why so many local authorities are making the switch from 30mph to 20mph. With many people already reaping the benefits of living in 20mph areas, we’re reaching a point where it makes no sense to retain 30mph as the default limit in built-up areas. It’s time for the government to GO 20 nationally, to save councils money and help create safe, active, happy communities nationwide.”

Jon Dye, chief executive, Allianz Insurance, said: “Public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of reducing the urban speed limit to 20mph and this should act as a powerful force for change. The government’s own report states that approximately half of pedestrian fatalities occur at 30mph impact speed or below [5], and that even small reductions in impact speed can have a large effect on the risk of fatal injury.

 “Allianz is committed to improving road safety across the world and is currently involved in a variety of initiatives in 31 countries across the globe. Allianz is the only global company with its own research centre for automotive analysis and testing. The Allianz Centre for Technology has conducted research on a variety of road safety issues and campaigned on a variety of related topics.  Allianz is also a proud supporter of the UN’s ‘Decade of Road Safety 2011 – 2020’ initiative.”

 

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

Overwhelming public support for 20mph limits is revealed today by road safety charity Brake and Allianz Insurance, whose survey shows eight in 10 people (78%) think 20mph should be the norm around schools, on residential streets, and in village, town and city centres.

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ALLIANZ LAUNCHES RISK SURVEYOR APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

Press Releases   •   Mar 21, 2014 10:31 GMT

Allianz Commercial has appointed five risk surveyor apprentices, as part of a new scheme, which will actively support junior risk advisors to become experts in their field.

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ALLIANZ PROMOTES FROM WITHIN AS IT STRENGTHENS ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT TEAM

Press Releases   •   Mar 17, 2014 11:08 GMT

Allianz Engineering has announced the appointment of Claire White to the position of engineering underwriting account manager.

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ALLIANZ LAUNCHES ENHANCED CONSTRUCTION PROPOSITION

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2014 15:42 GMT

Allianz has launched a refreshed construction product, Construction Project All Risks (CPAR), designed specifically to ensure that clients undertaking a single construction project meet their contractual obligations.

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ALLIANZ PARTNERS WITH SERIOUS LAW LLP

Press Releases   •   Mar 05, 2014 14:19 GMT

Allianz has been granted a licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to establish an alternative business structure named ALP LAW, in partnership with specialist law firm, Serious Law LLP.

ALP Law will provide legal advice and support to Allianz direct private motor policyholders, if they suffer a personal injury following an accident where they were not at fault.

Serious Law LLP, which specialises in catastrophic personal injury claims, was selected by Allianz because of its excellent reputation for providing customers with outstanding service, combined with its proven experience and technical expertise.

James Barclay, head of legal protection claims, comments: “The new structure introduced through ALP Law will not add layers of costs to the legal claims process but will ensure that Allianz customers with a genuine need for legal support receive the highest possible level of service.”

He adds: “Customers will be provided with timely, expert support from lawyers at what can be a worrying and stressful time. They can also be confident in the knowledge that there are no hidden costs, so they will be awarded 100% of their damages if ALP Law handles their injury claim.”

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Notes to Editors:

Allianz UK is one of the largest general insurers in the country and part of the Allianz Group.

Together with its customers and sales partners, the Allianz Group is one of the strongest financial communities. Around 78 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz's knowledge, global reach, capital strength and solidity to help them make the most of financial opportunities and to avoid and safeguard themselves against risks.

In 2012, around 144,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenue of 106.4 billion Euros and an operating profit of 9.3 billion Euros (restated on January 1, 2013, due to a change in accounting standard and presentation).

Benefits for our customers reached 89.2 billion Euros.

For further information contact:

Sian Glennane, Senior Communications Officer, Allianz Insurance

Tel: 01483 465 227
Mob: 07891 570995
Email: sian.glennane@allianz.co.uk


Allianz has been granted a licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to establish an alternative business structure named ALP LAW, in partnership with specialist law firm, Serious Law LLP.

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2013 WAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR ALLIANZ INSURANCE

Press Releases   •   Mar 03, 2014 11:32 GMT

Financial highlights compared to end of year 2012: • Gross Written Premiums up 2.7% • IFRS operating profit up 5.6% • Combined ratio improves 0.4%

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29 MILLION DRIVERS PREDICT THEY’ll HAVE A CAR CRASH AND IT WILL BE SOMEBODY ELSE’S FAULT

Press Releases   •   Feb 27, 2014 12:01 GMT

·  That includes the four in ten motorists who have already had a car crash!

·  Yet only 7% of drivers believe more driver training is the answer

New research reveals that ‘Accident Anxiety’ is prevalent on Britain’s roads, with 79% of drivers describing themselves as worried about driving – hardly surprising with 29 million feeling a crash is just around the corner.

According to new research released by Allianz Insurance today, this ‘Accident Anxiety’ is mostly caused by tailgating (45%), aggressive ‘road rage’ behaviour (41%) and uninsured drivers (29%), which together are responsible for killing 130 people and injuring a further 26,500 every year2.

In fact ‘Accident Anxiety’ is so great that 17% of drivers have opted out of making a journey because of their driving worries.

The research finds that 81% of drivers say that they have been involved in car accidents that were not their fault. And after experiencing a collision, one in five motorists (22%) reveal that they feel more worried, more stressed and less confident behind the wheel yet just 7% think that more driver training will solve the problem.

Jon Dye, CEO of Allianz Insurance said: “It’s worrying to see that so many motorists feel they will have an accident, and yet so few feel more driver training would help. Drivers can only drive at their best if they feel calm and alert and not unduly worried about what other motorists are getting up to.

“Tailgating, ‘road rage’ and uninsured drivers can all cause accidents and contribute to the claims costs faced by insurers at a time when the industry is looking to bring down premiums in a sensible way for customers.” 

James Gibson, of Road Safety GB, said: “The Allianz research shows that ‘Accident Anxiety’ is prevalent among the drivers surveyed. Actions like tailgating and aggressive driving behaviour can be particularly intimidating. Motorists need to find ways of coping with the actions of others when they get behind the wheel.

“The best advice is not to react to the aggressive and inconsiderate behaviour of others as this can cause a collision. If you are being tailgated it is best to recognise that some drivers are intent on overtaking and the best way to deal with this is to simply allow them to pass when it’s safe to do so. It can be useful to think about the things that cause you stress and anxiety and develop strategies to cope before you start a journey.”

The Allianz Insurance research also shows:

  • Drivers aged 35 to 44-years-old are the most affected by ‘Accident Anxiety ’ with 83% having experienced this feeling in some way
  • An accident is more likely to affect women’s driving style (27%) than that of male motorists (17%).

To find out more please visit: https://www.allianz.co.uk

Notes to Editors

1 - (Headline) Number of full car driving license holders in the UK in 2012 = 35,845,557

.  35,845,557/100 x 80.4 = 28,819,827 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/nts02-driving-licence-holders

2 – Motor Insurance Bureau statistics August 2013

About the research

Omnibus research was conducted between 07-10.02.14 with 1,000 respondents who drive regularly.

About Allianz

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, one of the leading integrated financial services providers worldwide and the largest property and casualty insurer in the world.  With approximately 142,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 78 million customers in more than 70 countries.

The mission of Allianz Insurance is to be the outstanding competitor in our chosen markets by delivering products and services that out clients recommend, being a great company to work for and achieving the best combination of profit and growth.

 

New research reveals that ‘Accident Anxiety’ is prevalent on Britain’s roads, with 79% of drivers describing themselves as worried about driving – hardly surprising with 29 million feeling a crash is just around the corner.

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ALLIANZ STRENGTHENS LEGAL PROTECTION TEAM

Press Releases   •   Feb 27, 2014 11:46 GMT

Allianz Legal Protection has announced the appointment of Sarah Cooper who joins Allianz’s Bristol branch to take on the position of senior legal advisor.

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