By Marcus Leach

An independent Sussex insurance specialist with a staff of just 15 shared the limelight with two of the industry’s biggest players at the prestigious Insurance Times Awards 2011.

Uckfield-based Affinity Select Insurance finished joint runner-up in the Commercial Lines Broker of the Year Category alongside the UK’s 19th largest broker, Howden. The category was won by Gallagher Heath, currently ranked ninth in the UK.

The recognition has come as a massive boost to Affinity Select, a comparative minnow specialising in professional indemnity, domestic and medical insurance policies.

“This is like Uckfield FC taking on Manchester United in the FA cup final — that’s the difference in size between us," Managing Director Jenny Carter-Vaughan said.

“To be spoken of in the same breath as these industry leaders is a compliment but to be shortlisted alongside them in the industry ‘Oscars’ is an amazing achievement. I’m extremely proud of the team.”

A major part of the Affinity Select entry focused on the recent development of a totally new brand - PI Expert.

PI Expert was launched last year as a specialist Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) broker with a focus on customer service and effective communication as well as sensibly-priced premiums and comprehensive cover. It is now a leading specialist player in the provision of fully advised and brokered services for every type of professional indemnity insurance.

Affinity Select has since created two additional brands, HI Expert and MI Expert focusing on the domestic and medical insurance sectors.

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