INSURANCE broker Swinton has opened its first commercial office in the North East as part of longer term plans to extend the commercial arm of the business across the UK.
The Tyneside commercial centre, which opened this month, is based at Swinton’s Durham Road office in Gateshead, and is the first Swinton branch in the region to offer dedicated commercial lines services.
Swinton Commercial regional centre manager for Leeds, Neil Gray has been appointed to manage the Tyneside commercial centre, whilst also continuing his role as manager for the company’s commercial centre in Leeds.
The opening of the centre also sees the appointment of two new members of staff. Darren McArdle, 38, from Stanley in County Durham joins Swinton Commercial as commercial account executive. Darren has over 20 years of regional and national commercial sector experience.
Graeme Harvey, 32, from Heaton in Newcastle, joins the Swinton Commercial team as commercial account handler, having worked for Swinton for over 15 years in personal lines insurance. More appointments are expected at the centre in the next 12 months.
Carolyn Callan, director of Swinton Commercial said: “This is a very exciting time for Swinton Commercial.”