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Marlow's Christmas Opening Times

Dec 13th, 2017

As the festive season is fast approaching, we thought we'd share our opening times with you:

Friday 22nd December - 9am - 1pm
Wednesday 27th December - 9am - 5pm
Thursday 28th December - 9am - 5pm
Friday 29th December - 9am to 1p...

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RoSPA winter driving tips

Nov 29th, 2017

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has some fantastic resources on its website (https://www.rospa.com/). Whether you are looking for guidance regarding road safety, advice for the home or at play, or support services ...

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Extra funds for NHS in Budget - is health insurance also key?

Nov 22nd, 2017

Philip Hammond delivered his second Budget as chancellor today. Linked here are the key points of his speech (courtesy of BBC news).

In amongst some of the headline announcements, such as the “state of ...

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Emerging risks - driverless cars

Nov 16th, 2017

The prospect of self-driving cars on our roads is moving ever closer.

Zurich insurance has recently completed a consultation with a broker panel, when it identified driverless cars as the technological advance that most interested brokers. There has been much speculati...

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Autumn update - hints and tips for homeowners

Nov 09th, 2017

Autumn seems to be speeding by, so we thought we'd share a few hints and tips for homeowners to help minimise risks through the winter.

If you open this link here you will fi...

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ABI calls time on outdated fire regulations

Oct 26th, 2017

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for a change to the confusing and outdated fire safety regulations and a clearer framework of responsibility for all those in the protection of buildings from fire.

Responding to Independent Review on Building Regula...

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Fundraising milestone in the Great Eastern Run

Oct 12th, 2017

MGC Director Alan Gray took part once again in the Great Eastern Run on 8th October, and in doing so, hit an admirable milestone in sponsorship monies raised.

Alan first ran this Peterborough event in aid of the PSP Association back in 2010. Thanks to this year’s...

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Top insurance tips for university students

Sep 05th, 2017

With over 400,000 students planning to start university this year and an estimated 2 million preparing to return, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) is warning that even the most security conscious of students can still be victims of crime.

Given the NUS es...

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UK businesses underestimate cyber attacks

Aug 29th, 2017

UK businesses are reportedly underestimating how long the effect of a cyber attack will last, with 50% expecting to be fully operational after just 48 hours following an attack.

In a report produced by Lockton, linked below, it was suggested the actual recovery ti...

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Motor premiums rising at fastest rate ever

Jul 20th, 2017

Motor premiums have seen the biggest rise “ever recorded” owing to the government’s decision to raise insurance premium tax and cut the discount rate. The Association of British Insurers said the average price paid for private comprehensive motor insurance was &...

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ABI highlights why travel insurance is essential

Jun 13th, 2017

The ABI news article linked below highlights why travel insurance is so essential. Their analysis shows that Brits make a staggering 70 million overseas trips a year, with insurers paying out £1 million a day to travellers in 2016 - the highest since 2010.

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Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rises to 12%

May 25th, 2017

The latest increase in the standard rate of IPT from 10% to 12% takes effect from 1st June and was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. The rate had remained static at 6% from January 2011 to November 2015 but this latest increase is the third in the spac...

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Insurance industry could be facing perfect storm

May 16th, 2017

At his opening address to the BIBA Conference 2017 in Manchester, Steve White, BIBA CEO warned the industry to be wary of current turmoil affecting the sector.

Making an analogy to the weather mis-forecast of the 1987 UK hurricane, he said that in political and economi...

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MGC visit MAGPAS Air Ambulance base

Apr 18th, 2017

Last week some of our staff were able to visit the MAGPAS air base at RAF Wyton. This came about after the company made a successful charity auction bid at the annual dinner of the local Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). The Peterborough CII donated all proceeds of jus...

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BIBA reaction to the UK triggering Article 50

Mar 29th, 2017

Broker trade body, the British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA), has warned that having no clear agreement in place for the right to carry out cross border trade with the EU, as is currently possible, creates huge uncertainty for the UK market.

The warning followe...

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Changes to personal injury compensation payments

Mar 01st, 2017

On 27 February the Lord Chancellor announced a reduction in the Discount Rate used to calculate compensation awards for serious personal injuries, Huw Evans, Director General of the Association of British Insurers, said:

“Cutting the discount rate to -0.75% fro...

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Government whiplash bill unveiled

Feb 28th, 2017

The government has confirmed it will raise the small claims limit for whiplash injury to £5,000, but will impose a lower threshold of £2,000 for other personal injury claims. There will also be a ban on any offers to settle personal injury claims without medic...

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Christmas Opening Times

Dec 20th, 2016

Should you need to get in touch with us over the holiday season, our Christmas opening hours are shown below.

May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

From all the team at Marlow Gardner and Cooke Ltd....

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Winter driving tips - courtesy of Covea Insurance

Dec 13th, 2016

Motorists are up to 33% more likely to make a car insurance claim through the winter, from a small bump to a major incident. Recent weather reports suggests that the UK could be facing one of the worst winters for 5 years with prolonged periods of snow and ice, which could lea...

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Insurance Premium Tax to rise yet again

Nov 25th, 2016

Insurers have reacted to the Chancellor's 2016 Autumn Statement, warning that the “outrageous” 2% increase could lead to increased underinsurance and the change being described as an “unwarranted attack”.


The announcement that in...

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How to avoid under-insurance

Nov 22nd, 2016

We would encourage readers to take a look at a recent publication from BIBA (British Insurance Brokers' Association). The attached guide is for small and medium-sized businesses and offers some "top tips" on how to avoid under-insurance.

BIBA is the voice of the insura...

Penalties to be increased for texting whilst driving

Nov 08th, 2016

New government regulations are expected to come into force next year which will mean drivers caught texting at the wheel will face much tougher consequences. If caught, they will receive six points on their licence and face a £200 fine. Also, young or newly qu...

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Insurance Premium Tax set to increase to 10%

Sep 08th, 2016

As you may recall, last November saw a substantial increase in the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rate from 6% to 9.5%. Subsequently, in a following Budget announcement the Government has opted to increase this by a further 0.5% to 10%. There is no change to the higher rate of IPT o...

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Race for Life Fundraising Update

Aug 24th, 2016

Our Race for Life sponsorship pages were closed on 23rd August and we are delighted to report the Marlows on a Mission team raised a grand total of £2,423.75 for Cancer Research UK (this includes the Gift Aid).

A huge thank you to the team for taking part and and...

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Marlows Race for Life team raise over £2,000

Jul 12th, 2016

Inspired by the evening sun, our "Marlows on a Mission" Race for Life team of nine ladies joined thousands of others on 5th July when they took part in this event at Ferry Meadows Country Park in Peterborough.

It was a gentle jog for some and&n...

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NCA calls for better cybercrime reporting

Jul 11th, 2016

The National Crime Agency (NCA) is urging businesses to make use of the cybercrime reporting paths available to them and to share intelligence with law enforcement and each other, in an effort to clamp down on this rising problem in the corporate world.

According ...

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Insurance market reaction to Brexit vote

Jun 24th, 2016

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union following a vote for Brexit and industry leaders have appealed for calm with insurers insisting it will be "business as usual". A number of insurers spoke out to outline their long term commitment to the UK and offered supp...

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MGC make Alzheimers Society donation

Jun 06th, 2016

Having accumulated a sum of £380 from our “Dress Down Friday” fundraising campaign, it was decided to make a donation to the local branch area of the Alzheimer’s Society, having been quite taken by an article in the local newspaper regarding Dementia Aw...

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