Get to know Hodgson Insurance Services a little better and the service we provide.
Based in Bude, North Cornwall, Hodgson Insurance Services are a family run independent general insurance broker. Established in 1977 we service customers in the South West and throughout the UK.
We offer a range of business and personal insurance products with hospitality trades being our specialty. We have built up and developed strong trading relationships with a selected panel of the top UK insurance companies and specialist scheme providers, enabling us to deliver market leading products at competitive prices to our customers.
Free no-obligation reviews of your insurance requirements are given. We take time to get to know you, and understand your insurance requirements, not only ensuring we can find you the most competitive price, but ensuring you are provided with the correct and right amount of cover.
We work hard to deliver first class service and advice to all our customers, providing a friendly and professional approach. We’re not a call centre, telephone calls are answered straight away by our trained and experienced staff members.
We don’t just provide a service for new business, we are here to discuss and make any mid-term changes to your policy, claims handling, and at renewal time automatically do a review to ensure it’s still the best policy for you, saving you time, stress and money in searching yourself.
We do all the work so you don’t have to!!
We are a family owned, completely independent insurance broker. This is what enables our team to provide impartial advice and product recommendations. We don’t steer customers towards any one particular insurer, we’ll only look to recommend the best and appropriate policies for your needs.
Our partnership with Broker Network, the UK’s leading network for independent insurance brokers allows us to offer exclusive products, schemes and benefits not available with other brokers. With around 600 members Broker Networks collective strength gives them enhanced bargaining power, providing it’s members with enhanced covers and more competitive premiums.
On top of standard commissions, many brokers/insurers charge large ‘admin’ fees of £50+ for mid-term amendments, cancellations and renewals, especially direct insurers and companies on comparison websites.
Our Fees are:
- New Business: Nil (see notes below)
- Mid Term & Temporary Adjustments: £10
- Renewals: £6
- Duplicate Motor Certificate or Documents: £10
- Policy Cancellation: £20
(N.B. New Business/Renewals: Where we arrange low or non-commission paying products, we will charge an arrangement fee not exceeding 20% of the premium, or £20 for travel policies. We will advise actual amounts at time of quotation.)
Hodgson Insurance Services was established in 1977 with partners Graham and Liz Hodgson insuring friends cars with just 1 or 2 insurance companies. Small adverts in the local paper soon helped establish them as the ‘go-to’ local car insurance broker and the business started to take off. More personal lines and small business products were slowly added along with a larger panel of insurance providers. Hodgsons moved from their purpose built office on their home to a high street shop presence in their local town Bude in 1997, for the next 20 years they continued to help hundreds of customers with their insurance needs. Moving with the times and creating an online presence it soon became apparent that Hospitality was an area of expertise and this now represents a large chunk of their operation. In the last few years Graham has taken a back seat and son Gary has become a partner with Liz and after outgrowing their office space in 2017 bought their latest office which will help them continue to grow and establish themselves as the best independent broker in North Cornwall.
We have a lovely, hardworking and dedicated bunch of people working here at Hodgsons, get to know everyone a little better.
Gary Hodgson - CeRGI
Having joined the family firm after finishing school Gary has worked himself up to become a partner in the firm. Looking after commercial and personal business, especially hospitality, and keeping on top of the firms compliance issues.
Out of the office Gary enjoys all sports playing football for Bude FC, representing Cornwall at county pool level, and helps run his local pool league as secretary.
As co founder of the business Liz helps run the business with son Gary. Liz likes to handle the guest house business, but deals with all aspects of insurance and handles the firms company accounts.
Liz helps run a local Jive club in her spare time, is a top class flower arranger, and also volunteers her fundraising skills to Werrington Cricket Club.
Robin joined the firm after completing his school A-levels, (a long time ago). Rob services all types of personal and business products for customers and also deals with the insurer accounts.
In his spare time Rob enjoys fishing, playing darts, pottering around in his garden allotment, has a wealth of cycling knowledge and thinks of himself as a professional bowls expert.
Aaron joined our team in 2016 having worked for Swinton Insurance for 6 years. Aaron handles the personal lines and small commercial business and is often one of the first people you’ll speak to on the phone.
Aaron enjoys playing pool and darts, and is an avid Millwall football fan. His footie knowledge is second to none!!
Helen Baker - Cert Cii
Helen is our newest team member joining us in 2017 and brings a wealth of experience having worked for another local broker for over 15 years. Helen manages both commercial and personal lines customers.
Outside of work Helen loves travelling, especially to music festivals, has great general knowledge participating in the local quiz league and seems to know everyone in Bude!!
Graham was co founder of the firm helping build a business from scratch to the successful business it has become today. In 2013 he decided to step back and retire. Graham comes in now on a part-time basis to help out as and when required.
Graham is an active member of the community having been an Ambulance Responder, he now drives the local doctor around and you may see him performing one of his charity cabaret or singing acts.
Have a browse through our website or give our office a call on 01288 353999 to discuss your insurance needs further.