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ALLIANZ INSURES THE BMWi3 AND BMWi8

Press Releases   •   Jul 21, 2014 15:50 BST

BMW Group offers its customers an innovative insurance solution for the i3 and i8 electric vehicles, with their global insurance partner Allianz UK.

BMW Group Financial Services and Allianz UK are further leveraging their strategic partnership in the car insurance market by offering retail customers an insurance solution tailored to the BMW i3 and i8.

The insurance offering has been designed with the unique needs of the customer in mind, covering the battery as standard and ensuring a repairer network is in place with technicians trained on repairing all aspects of BMW’s new electric vehicles; including the lightweight carbon fibre that the cars are built with.

Customers purchasing the i3 or the i8, as with all New or Approved Used BMW approved dealer customers, are entitled to 7 days free comprehensive car insurance from BMW Car Insurance. This is simply activated over the phone by the customer.  Customers are then provided with an overview of options available to them from BMW Insurance after their 7 day free policy has expired.  These include BMW Car Insurance, BMW’s current comprehensive car insurance product, and two further insurance products developed specifically with the BMW i3 and i8 in mind; BMW FlexiMile and BMW Car Insurance - Unlimited miles.

BMW FlexiMile Insurance is designed for customers driving up to 5,000 miles per year and offers the benefit of a lower premium – customers are saving 25% in premiums. If a customer exceeds 5,000 miles, this is charged on a fixed pence-per-mile basis for additional miles driven. BMW ConnectedDrive technology, built into the cars, means that the customer’s mileage is tracked and a monthly statement is produced and sent directly to the policyholder, keeping them fully informed of their mileage driven during the term of their policy. The Unlimited miles product is available for customers expecting to drive in excess of 5,000 miles during their year of cover; offering unlimited mileage cover for a fixed premium.

Should either product chosen not be cost effective, due to the customer driving more or fewer miles than anticipated, they can swap products with one call without incurring any cancellation or administration charges.  

Prior to these vehicles being launched to market, Allianz was challenged (as BMW’s global insurance partner), to work with BMW to design an innovative insurance solution for BMW customers. These products represent the first time BMW has delivered a factory fitted telematics technology based insurance product, anywhere in the world.

"With the introduction of a custom-made product for the BMW i3 and i8, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing ongoing, systematic backing to our strategic partner BMW in key technological projects, too," said Karsten Crede, CEO of Allianz Global Automotive.

"As the financial services provider for BMW Group, it is our job to support the marketing of our vehicles using intelligent products and services. In cooperation with Allianz, we can offer BMW customers an innovative and attractive product package for the i3 and i8, which underpins our aspirations to be seen as a premium provider," explains Erich Ebner von Eschenbach, head of the BMW Group's Financial Services division.

Allianz has been working with automotive manufacturers for more than 60 years and BMW Group is one of the company's key and long-standing partners.

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.

BMW Group Financial Services and Allianz UK are further leveraging their strategic partnership in the car insurance market by offering retail customers an insurance solution tailored to the BMW i3 and i8.

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ALLIANZ RETAIL INTRODUCES TWO NEW MANAGEMENT ROLES

Press Releases   •   Jun 26, 2014 11:27 BST

Allianz has created two new management roles in its Retail division, as it expands its senior management team.

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ALLIANZ INSURANCE RESPONDS TO ONS NEIGHBOURLY SURVEY

News   •   Jun 19, 2014 11:26 BST

Jon Dye, CEO of Allianz Insurance comments on the ONS findings: “Despite figures showing that neighbourliness in the UK is lower than elsewhere in the EU our recent findings contrast this and show that the majority of Britons talk to their neighbours regularly, think they are friendly, polite and happy to help each other out when they can. Most people would prefer to live in a safe and vibrant community; having good relationships between neighbours is a key part in achieving that and we believe that neighbourliness is thriving in our communities.” 

Today’s ONS research shows that Britons aren’t feeling connected to their neighbours but recent research from Allianz Insurance challenges this with findings such as:

·  71% of the UK population chat to their neighbours at least weekly, with many speaking more frequently than that

·  61% of people say that their next door neighbour is friendly, approachable (53%) and polite (50%)

·  44% feel that their neighbours are trustworthy and would happily give them a spare key to their home (28%)

·  74% of neighbours take in deliveries and almost half (46%) keeping a watchful eye on their neighbour’s home when they’re away

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Notes to Editors

This survey was carried out on behalf of Allianz Insurance by OnePoll Research, who interviewed a random selection of 2000 homeowners with neighbours aged 18+ between 9 and 13 May 2014.

https://www.allianz.co.uk/home.html

Neighbourliness Remains Strong Amongst British Communities

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ALLIANZ ANNOUNCES RESPONSIBLE SALVAGE HANDLING

Press Releases   •   Jun 19, 2014 09:49 BST

Allianz Insurance has changed its approach to categorising salvage vehicles to help improve road safety in the UK.

The move has been prompted by concerns that other arrangements risked allowing written-off vehicles to be repaired and sold to new owners. There was also a risk that the new owner might not realise the vehicle had been written off.

To address these concerns, Allianz now categorises all total loss salvage that has suffered impact, flood, fire, or safety related damage as A, B, C or D using the ABI Salvage Code of Practice and the Engineering Technical Committee (ETC) guidelines. Allianz will not be using the section that applies to 'unrecorded salvage'.

The inspecting engineer will now also consider the phrase ‘Can, Could, Would and Should’ the salvage be repaired. If it is considered irreparable, it will be categorised as ‘B’, broken and removed from the public domain.

All total loss vehicles will be fully estimated using original equipment parts and full bodyshop labour rates, and all salvage categorisation will be agreed with Allianz’s salvage partner Car Transplants Ltd. In order to enhance the inspecting, estimating and categorisation process, Allianz will now also have engineers permanently stationed onsite at Car Transplants Ltd.

The Motor Insurers Anti-Theft and Fraud Register will be notified of salvage within 48 hours following the engineer’s inspection and categorisation.

All category A and B salvage will be broken in-house by Car Transplants Ltd, and a Certificate or Notification of Destruction (COD or NOD) will be issued to DVLA within seven days following bodyshell destruction. These measures will minimise the risk of written-off vehicles returning to the road and create an audit trail improving the process of checks on second-hand vehicles.

Ian Guest, claims supply manager, Allianz Insurance, said: “While the previous arrangements were entirely legal, as a responsible insurer we have a moral duty to safeguard the public.”

He added: “Hopefully this will create a better way of working and other insurers will follow our lead. It’s a simple matter of doing the right thing.”

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1.  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. Around 83 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 2013, around 148,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenue of 110.8 billion euros.

Allianz Insurance has changed its approach to categorising salvage vehicles to help improve road safety in the UK.

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BRITS GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM… NEXT DOOR

Press Releases   •   Jun 16, 2014 10:57 BST

Friendly UK neighbours are having regular chats, taking deliveries and watching over each other’s homes

The idea that as a nation we keep our neighbours at arm’s length, or that there is often bad feeling between neighbours is challenged by new research released today by Allianz Insurance.

The research found that 71% of the UK population chat to their neighbours at least weekly, with many speaking even more frequently than that. Also feelings towards neighbours are extremely positive, with 61% of people saying that their next door neighbour is friendly, approachable (53%) and polite (50%). Encouragingly, 44% feel that their neighbours are trustworthy and would happily give them a spare key to their home (28%).  

There is also good evidence that neighbours are lending a helping hand to one another with 74% taking in deliveries, almost half (46%) keeping a watchful eye on their neighbour’s home when they’re away and nearly a third (29%) lend items to one another such as tools, suggesting that good neighbourliness is very much alive and well. 

Having good neighbours also makes people feel safer in their home, with 72% of people happy to ask next door for help in an emergency. However, the old cliché of borrowing a cup of sugar from your neighbour is dying out, with only one in 10 people (11%) popping around to ask when they have run out.

Jon Dye, CEO of Allianz Insurance said: “Most people would prefer to live in a safe and vibrant community and having good relationships between neighbours is a key part in achieving that goal.  As we start to enter the summer holiday season, it is very pleasing to see so many people keeping an eye on their neighbours homes while they are away and we would encourage more of that type of neighbourliness”  

Only eight per cent felt that their neighbours were of the nosey variety and a fifth (21%) said those next door were very private. The biggest annoyance of all is noise, with 13% claiming the noise through shared walls was a problem.

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Notes to Editors

This survey was carried out on behalf of Allianz Insurance by OnePoll Research, who interviewed a random selection of 2000 homeowners with neighbours aged 18+ between 9 and 13 May 2014.

https://www.allianz.co.uk/home.html

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.

Around 83 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 2013, around 148,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenue of 110.8 billion euros.

 

For further information contact:

Lauren Hunt-Morgan

Consolidated PR

Tel: 0207 781 2361

Email: laurenhm@consolidatedpr.com

Helen Braddock

Consolidated PR

Tel : 0207 781 2375

Email : helenb@consolidatedpr.com

Sian Glennane, Senior Communications Officer

Allianz Insurance

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

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.

The idea that as a nation we keep our neighbours at arm’s length, or that there is often bad feeling between neighbours is challenged by new research released today by Allianz Insurance. The research found that 71% of the UK population chat to their neighbours at least weekly, with many speaking even more frequently than that.

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ALLIANZ JOINS LEWIS HAMILTON IN SUPPORTING MSA/FIA ROAD SAFETY INITIATIVE

Press Releases   •   May 23, 2014 15:24 BST

Allianz, as a global leader in insurance and investment is a partner in a new road safety initiative established by the Motor Sports Association (MSA),with the top prize now including a trip to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in September. The campaign is also backed by Lewis Hamilton, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team driver who currently leads the 2014 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

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ALLIANZ COMMERCIAL SME OPERATIONS

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2014 12:14 BST

As part of the development of its profitable growth strategy, Allianz Commercial has undertaken an extensive review of how it handles SME business, following the successful implementation of its QuoteSME eTrade platform.  The result of this review is the decision for Allianz to develop and expand its SME Operations at two sites: Maidstone for Broker-facing business and Lancaster for Direct and Affinity business.

Developing these two centres will enable Allianz Commercial to drive growth and deliver operational efficiencies through simplification, scale and the optimisation of processes in a new digital environment. 

This will result in two changes to the business:

1)  Allianz’s SME operational handling will move from Milton Keynes to Maidstone.  Regrettably, this means the company can no longer maintain the viability of Commercial Operations at Milton Keynes and the decision has been taken to close these Operations by the end of October 2014, with the handling of business for a small number of brokers moving to the nearby Luton Branch.

2)  As previously reported in the media, there have been changes to some of Allianz’s Bancassurance arrangements.  This means that the model used to service these relationships requires some change and so the handling of this business will be transferred from Allianz’s Business Insurance Centre (BIC) based in Bristol to the Allianz office in Lancaster.  The BIC will close on 31 August 2014.

These decisions affect 57 people based in Milton Keynes and 41 at the BIC but the hope is that a good proportion will be found alternative roles across the Allianz business, as has been successfully achieved on previous occasions.  Allianz currently employs over 750 people in Bristol and around 400 in Milton Keynes.

These changes do not affect Allianz's Commercial branch based in Bristol. 

Simon McGinn said:

“This set of changes has resulted from a specific review of our SME operations in the context of a rapidly-changing and increasingly digital environment. We are a Business that is gearing for growth and there are no other structural changes in view.  Decisions of this nature are never easy, but to ensure we are structured to achieve our ambitions we need to position our operations to deliver a growing and profitable set of business results over the medium and long term. 

He added:

“Allianz remains committed to further building our branch network as we believe that proximity to brokers and customers is the key to our success.” 

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Notes to Editors

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. Around 83 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 2013, around 148,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenue of 110.8 billion euros.

 

For further information contact:

David Keel, head of communications, Allianz Insurance

Mob: 07771 794978

Email: david.keel@allianz.co.uk


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.

As part of the development of its profitable growth strategy, Allianz Commercial has undertaken an extensive review of how it handles SME business, following the successful implementation of its QuoteSME eTrade platform.

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ALLIANZ ENGINEERING CREATES NEW MANAGEMENT ROLE

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2014 09:46 BST

Allianz Engineering has announced the appointment of Martin Ball to the newly created position of head of engineering inspection.

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ALLIANZ APPOINTS NEWCASTLE BRANCH MANAGER

Press Releases   •   May 21, 2014 10:48 BST

Allianz Commercial has appointed Mike Gill to the position of branch manager at its Newcastle office. 

Mike was previously based at the Company’s Leeds branch, where he spent nine years in his role as regional underwriting manager for the Northern region and consistently delivered strong levels of profit and retention for the business.

In his new position, he will now be responsible for leading the underwriting and new business teams at the Newcastle branch in order to maximise new opportunities in the region.

Andrew Broughton, director of broker markets, Allianz Commercial, commented:  “We are pleased to fill this position internally and believe this really demonstrates the strength of our people. Mike is already well known in the Newcastle broker market and we believe that this key appointment provides an excellent opportunity for us to realise the full potential presented by the North East.”

He added:  “Allianz remains fully committed to the Newcastle market and the process of building and strengthening our presence in the region is well underway. We have already appointed two senior production underwriters to the new team, who will join from the Leeds office at the beginning of June. We expect to finalise the remaining members of our refreshed branch and have them operating in Newcastle before the end of June.”

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Notes to Editors

1.  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. Around 83 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 2013, around 148,000 employees in over 70 countries achieved total revenue of 110.8 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 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.

Allianz Commercial has appointed Mike Gill to the position of Branch Manager at its Newcastle office.

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ALLIANZ LAUNCHES DIRECTORS & OFFICERS PRODUCT ON QUOTESME

Press Releases   •   May 19, 2014 11:54 BST

Allianz Insurance has launched a new product, Complete Directors & Officers, onto its award winning, full cycle e-trading platform, QuoteSME.

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