Abbey Insurance are pleased to announce that we have opened in Cookstown after rebranding what was originally a branch of Open + Direct and reopening in a new location. The new branch is at 15 Oldtown Street.
Earlier this year, the company announced that it had bought rival Open + Direct from the Swinton Group Ltd. The acquisition extended Abbey’s branch network across Northern Ireland and cemented Abbey’s position as the largest locally-owned insurance broker in the province. Following a new branch opening in Enniskillen last week, the company now has 23 branches across the country and employs more than 400 members of staff.
Cookstown is one of many planned Open + Direct transformations following the takeover and the arrival of Abbey Insurance in Cookstown is seen as a significant milestone for the business in the mid-Ulster area.
Paul Hanna, Managing Director of Abbey Insurance Brokers, said: “The acquisition of Open + Direct at the start of 2016 was an important step in the growth of Abbey Insurance in Northern Ireland. The process of transition for staff has been a gradual one, with the introduction of Abbey’s systems, IT and customer service practices over several months but all members of the pre-exisiting Open + Direct team have now been incorporated into the Abbey family. The staff have also benefited from Abbey’s training and development programme, so this week’s rebranding is really just the final seal of approval.
“We are keen to reassure all local customers of Open + Direct that their current insurance policies remain valid and that their cover is not affected by this change. When it comes time for their renewal, their needs will be looked after by the newly-branded Abbey team here in the town.”
Yvonne McLernon, Branch Manager of Abbey Cookstown, said: “It is a pleasure to finally open Abbey Insurance in Cookstown. Myself and the team are delighted to be a part of Abbey, and introduce what we do to people in the local area. We are an insurance broker, which means we can search a broad range of insurance providers to get our customers the very best deals. But what we value above all else is quality. We consider what you need, and what you don’t, to make sure that while you are getting the best price, you are also getting the best quality. Currently, one in every five cars in Northern Ireland is insured by Abbey Insurance and we want to bring that level of trust and assurance to Cookstown, but car insurance isn’t all we do – we are experts in home, travel, van, taxi and motorbike insurance as well”
“If you are around Oldtown Street this week, feel free to pop into the new branch and say hello to us, even if your insurance isn’t up for renewal yet – we’re the same familiar bunch and we can’t wait to show you our new office!”
Other upcoming Abbey developments include a branch expansion in Lurgan to be completed by the end of the year.
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