Barbon Insurance Group

Great heritage, outstanding people, exciting future. Customers at the heart of it.
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Last year saw big changes at Barbon Insurance Group, after HomeLet merged with Let Alliance. The referencing and specialist lettings insurance company's new chief executive, Andy Halstead, reviewed the company's structure and implemented some welcome changes. The most noticeable is improved communication.

Each quarter, there are staff communication events, which during the lockdowns were delivered by an interactive webinar. At them, Halstead sets out achievements, progress and challenges. Every week, he writes to staff, giving brief updates and industry news, so that everyone knows where the organisation is in its plan and how each individual can contribute to and benefit from success.

HomeLet was formed in the early 1990s from an office in Lincoln by a small team of people who provided references for tenants. A decade later, they joined forces with an insurance company that designed an innovative "rent guarantee", to become part of the Barbon Insurance Group. The guarantee pays the rent if a tenant is unable or unwilling to pay and is used by letting agents.

Let Alliance was founded in 2010 by Halstead and three members of the current senior team.

Today, Barbon completes more than 1m referencing checks a year on behalf of about 4,500 letting agents across the country, helping thousands of people to move into homes each day.

It is one of the largest employers in Lincoln and has offices in Teignmouth, Devon, and Chester. Its modern, purpose-built head office is within walking distance of the city centre and offers free parking.

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Leadership

78% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

There is a non-hierarchical approach in the organisation which allows everyone to be heard and recognised. All managers and the senior team are visible and accessible. Offices are used only for meetings, and managers, including senior ones, sit among their teams.
Wellbeing

74% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The We Care programme offers 24-hour access to a private GP for employees and close family and household members, a second medical opinion, smoking-cessation sessions, mental health support, including up to 10 counselling appointments, life-events counselling and burnout prevention.
Giving Something Back

68% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Whilst the pandemic meant fund-raising through challenges and events for the chosen charity, St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln, was suspended until 2022, the group made monthly donations of hundreds of essential items to food banks at each of its locations throughout 2021, which is continuing this year.
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78% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

There is a non-hierarchical approach in the organisation which allows everyone to be heard and recognised. All managers and the senior team are visible and accessible. Offices are used only for meetings, and managers, including senior ones, sit among their teams.
Wellbeing
82%

74% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The We Care programme offers 24-hour access to a private GP for employees and close family and household members, a second medical opinion, smoking-cessation sessions, mental health support, including up to 10 counselling appointments, life-events counselling and burnout prevention.
Giving Something Back
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68% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Whilst the pandemic meant fund-raising through challenges and events for the chosen charity, St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln, was suspended until 2022, the group made monthly donations of hundreds of essential items to food banks at each of its locations throughout 2021, which is continuing this year.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1992
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
33
Employee average age
39% : 61%
Male : Female employee ratio
9%
Employees earning £35k+
31%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Happy & engaged people make businesses successful. Successful businesses grow and create opportunities for all stakeholders, including our people. In our business, we all have a role to play. Every team member is of equal status and value. We don’t have a hierarchy. We collaborate, share & recognise achievement

Andy Halstead, Chief Executive Officer

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At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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