Reid Briggs Insurance Brokers is 50!


Reid Briggs Celebrates 50 Years in Business in 2014

Reid Briggs Insurance Brokers is 50!

What happened in as a Leap Year, Easter and Whitsun Mids & Rockers fights in seaside resports, abolition of the Death Penalty, Winston Churchill retired, Prince Edward was born, BBC2 started broadcasting. These were not the only significant events of 1964...

This was the year, on 10th June, that Reid Briggs & Co Ltd was founded in Havelock Road, Hastings. After the first decade of trading, current Director Andrew Briggs joined his father, Derek, in the company. By 1995 there was a need for an additional member of staff and Kathryn McKenzie joined the company, bringing the team to three. Four years later, Kevin Barnard, then a Commercial Sales Manager with Eagle Star one of the insurers holding business with Reid Briggs, decided to buy in to the business as Derek retired.

A year later, the biggest change of all happened, relocation to the current offices at 49 South Street, Eastbourne, a former pharmacy shop. The rear of the ground floor was reconfigured and a client meeting room created. By this time there were four employees.

Since 2000 and the move to Eastbourne, continued growth has been partly due to acquisition of other local insurance brokers. Starting in 2003 with South Coast Insurance in Peacehaven whose owner Michael Greenhalgh worked as a Director with Reid Briggs up until 2012, this deal was followed by the purchase of Meads Insurance in 2006 - Mike Thompson continues to work for Reid Briggs as Commercial Director and shows no signs of slowing down! As the staff grew the offices were expanded to the first floor as well as the ground floor offices in 2003.

Two more acquisitions followed in 2009 with Seaford based Osborne General Insurance Services and Martin Hunter Insurance Services being taken in. Martin works part time for Reid Briggs and continues his IFA workload on the other days. In order to accommodate the increased number of staff to 14, the South Street offices were expanded yet again with the construction of a two storey extension over the courtyard.

Fast Forward to 2014 and the company now has a 15 strong team, covering a range of personal and commercial insurances, all transacted from 49 South Street, Eastbourne.

This message was added on Friday 9th May 2014