Internal Account Handler Vacancy – North Yorkshire

F&M Group, The Old Smithy, Heaton House, BOROUGHBRIDGE, North Yorkshire. Y051 9HE 01423 326363

Selection process to be based on candidates that;

  • Are looking for Full time hours 8:30am -5:30pm.
  • Have experience in a broad spectrum of classes of business which must include farm and motor insurance.
  • Experience within the insurance sector – suitable candidates most likely will have a broking background.
  • Provide a high level of administrative skills.
  • Possess a clear and confident telephone manner.

Farmer & Dog imageLinks to agriculture are beneficial. Initial training (length of time dependent on experience) will be conducted at our head office in Northamptonshire; this requires that some weeknights are spent away; the company covers the expense in these instances.

Position: Internal Account Handler

Department: Underwriting

Reporting to: Office manager, Branch Manager

Location: Boroughbridge, North Yorks

Start date: May/June 2014

Main purpose of job
  • Point of contact for clients
  • Customer service
  • Insurance documentation delivery as per clients demands and needs
  • Full support to account executive
  • Liaise with Insurers
  • Liaise with colleagues
  • Provide high quality advice to clients
  • Process and underwrite renewals and MTAs
  • Be a team player contributing to other office duties
  • Work to a high standard with attention to accuracy and detail.

Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd was established in 1996 and has a proven record for success. We are part of the Lycetts Group employing approx 250 staff looking after premium income circa £100 million.

Our company has experienced steady growth over the last 18 years; therefore we are well practiced at managing a sustainable pace of expansion.

The day-to-day life of a Farmers & Mercantile employee is busy; we look after clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales from our 4 branches in Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Ayrshire. Customer service is paramount; we make sure that our clients are provided with excellent service – relationships must be strong.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV along with a covering letter to: Mrs A Wellings, F&M Group Head Office, Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcot Lane, Sywell, Northamptonshire. NN6 0BG. Alternatively, applications will be accepted via email to alexandra@fandmgroup.co.uk.

Should you require more information please telephone 01604 782782 asking to speak to Alexandra Wellings or 01423 326363 asking to speak to Tony Allanson, Branch Manager.

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Worcester Team Chase

F&M Sponsors Worcester Team ChaseCaroline Startin attended The Worcester Team Chase held on the 23rd March 2014.

Caroline said

We had a really good day – the usual thrills and spills you would expect when horses are jumping a cross country course, but no major dramas, thank goodness.

Entries were a record at approaching 100 teams and the weather was fairly kind, apart from a storm just as the first team were about to set off – and another just as the main class of the day, The Open was setting off.

The Worcestershire Awesome Foursome, our local team, were one of the two teams that qualified for the National Championships to be held in April at the Heythrop Team Chase.

Farmers & Mercantile sponsor THE WORCESTERSHIRE HUNT TEAM CHASE, held at Abbeylands, Berry Lane, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove, Worcs (By kind permission of the Shaw Family)

Caroline Startin - Ludlow BranchCaroline works in the Ludlow branch of F&M.

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Spring Barley – Royston, Herts

Out and about in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire today (Friday 14 March) it was interesting to see that a lot of the lighter land has started to dry out well and indeed drilling of Spring cereals had commenced. I did note however that there was still plenty of water lying on heavier land.

It was interesting to talk to the client in the photographs who had just had a new Horsch Pronto Disc Drill delivered and was sewing Spring Barley along with applying fertiliser down the drill at the same time.

The client was impressed with the drill’s performance and had been drilling fertiliser into the seed bed for a number of years which he strongly felt aided rapid emergence.

Soils in this field had been mapped and the client was looking to increase seed rates on the chalkier areas.

This is the first time I have seen a cloud of dust behind a machine for a little while.

Nigel

Spring Drilling - Horsch Pronto DCHorsch Pronto DCHorsch Pronro DC - Spring drilling

Spring barley being drilled at Barley, nr Royston, Hertfordshire. The drill is a new Horsch Pronto DC which is also applying granular fertiliser.

Farmers & Mercantile – always on the move, keeping an eye on our farmland.
Photo taken by: Nigel Wellings

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Environmental pollution fines are on the increase for farmers

Watercourse Pollution

The Polluter Pays. Negligent or not, you will be held responsible for damage to the environment.

After a 2 year prosecution the courts found 2 farmers in Madeley, Staffordshire guilty for allowing effluent to leak into a nearby pool. The pollution travelled more than 3 miles from their farm downriver and killed 3000 fish, consequently enraging locals.

The farmers were ordered to pay £20,198 (a fine of £10,000 and costs of £10,198).

The Environment Agency also presented the farmers with another bill for just under £15,000. The farmers had environmental insurance in place and so were insured for the environment clean-up costs.

The cause of the environmental damage was traced back to a contractor’s inability to attend and empty a silage tank on June 4th 2012. However, it appears that the farmers took insufficient steps to address the issue as a subsequent EA inspection in December 2012 found that, despite some improvements, effluent was still flowing onto a field.

Andrew Jobson, the Environment Agency’s investigating officer said: “This result is a message to those who could be putting the environment at risk through their farming activities, that we will investigate, and where appropriate prosecute those responsible.”

The law states that The Polluter Pays. Negligent or not, you will be held responsible for damage to the environment.

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Senior Underwriter / Office Manager Vacancy

Position: Senior Underwriter/Office Manager

Department: Underwriting/Administration

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire.

Reason for Position: Current member of staff is moving to France.

Main purpose of job

  • Point of contact for clients
  • Deliver excellent customer service
  • Insurance documentation delivery as per clients demands and needs
  • Full support to account executives
  • Liaise with Insurers
  • Liaise with colleagues
  • Provide high quality advice to clients
  • Process renewals and MTAs
  • Work to a high standard with attention to accuracy and detail.

This is a senior internal position at our Ludlow branch. Insurance experience is essential along with practical knowledge of broking and farming. You will report directly to the branch manager

Farmers & Mercantile Insurance Brokers Ltd was established in 1996 with the aim of providing independent insurance advice and products to the farming community. This aim still remains our steadfast focus today. Our team of 58 staff are passionate about delivering a top quality service.

The day-to-day life at Farmers & Mercantile is busy; we look after clients throughout England, Scotland and Wales. All of our staff are based from one of our 4 branches in Northamptonshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Ayrshire. Customer service is of paramount importance; we make sure that our clients are provided with excellent service – relationships must be strong.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send applications to:

Mrs A Wellings,
Farmers & Mercantile Head Office,
Thistledown Barn, 204 Holcot Lane,
Sywell, Northamptonshire.
NN6 0BG

or alternatively email alexandra@fandmgroup.co.uk

Please note that no recruitment agency assistance is required for this position.

Interviews will be held during the week of 17th March 2014

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Rural Crime – Protecting your Farm

When thinking of farm insurance most farmers and smallholders consider risks other than crime first. However, sad as it may be, crime is a factor which affects farmers – possibly more than the general population as farms may provide a bigger and more vulnerable target than domestic properties.

The police provide advice to Farmers around the country with Farmwatch schemes and email based crime news services which farmers can subscribe to.

  • For an example of the type of advice published by police forces for rural areas please see leaflet Protecting your Farm – Keep it Safe, Hidden & Locked published by Cumbria Farmwatch
  • An extract from a recent email update for the Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway district is shown below. It details the current trends and threats affecting the area and provides some useful guidance about how to minimise the threat of crime and how to maximise the chance of catching the culprits.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop or reduce crime considerably, catch more criminals more quickly and only need to fall back on insurance very occasionally.

Extract from email circulated to subscribed farmers by Maybole Police Office, Police Scotland:

It has been a busy 6 weeks with a variety of rural crime being committed throughout Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

The word of the month is METAL..

£21,000 of metal has been stolen this month from electricity sub stations and telephone sub stations, all based on farming land. This kind of crime is pretty well spread all over Ayrshire. If you guys have a place like this on your land, can you please give it a check now and again to make sure nothing untoward has happened. We all suffer because of crimes like this; hospitals suffer if power has to be cut so let’s give these places a bit of extra attention.

Arnshean Farm, Barrhill had 600litres of fuel stolen from the fuel tank; Auchensoul Farm, Pinmore had the fuel cap forced of their motor vehicle and an amount of fuel taken and 1000 litres of heating oil was stolen from a fuel tank at Crawfordston Farm, Maybole.  Try and gauge what fuel you have either in your tanks or the vehicles. Check the levels on a regular basis and if you find that something has been taken then think about evidence. If the criminals have used something to force their way into the tank or your vehicle they may have left this instrument lying about. Do not touch it but cover it up protecting it from the weather. Fingerprints and DNA eventually will wash off.

These kinds of practices apply with most crimes that have been committed. Stop; think what may have been touched by the bad person. Does it have a nice shiny surface and is it in danger of getting wet. Cover it.

I emailed you last night about the red Landrover that was taken from Dumfries House Estates. To give you a reminder the registration number is OE62 HNL .  Again from Dumfries House Estates an Ifor Williams Trailer, silver in colour  with the same registration number as the aforementioned Landrover was stolen between the 1st and 2nd February. Any information let me know.

3 sets of Walsh Horse Driving harnesses and 5 18 inch Drawing Cart Wheels were stolen from Cloverhill Farm, Ayr.  Persons unknown at this time had forced their way into a secure building and stolen the items. If any of you are offered items like these, take not of registration numbers of vehicles involved and get back to me.

Few, you had that comfort break yet. Nearly done.

A selection of hand tools and a pressure washer were taken from South Auchenmade Farm Kilwinning and a 12ft metal gate has been removed from Routendurn Farm, Dalry. As I have said in the past this type of crime can bring other problems to the table so inspect your perimeter fences on a regular basis.

An all terrain red Honda quad was stolen from Larach House, Waterside, Kilmarnock. If you should be offered it the chassis number is 1HFTE31P914500105. This was removed from a secure building along with an orange chainsaw. Let me know if either of these turns up.

Metal fencing and 3 further metal gates have been stolen from Netherwood Farm, Muirkirk and Windshields Farm, Darvel.

Wire fencing has again been cut at Fulshaw farm , Ayr. I believe the area is used by dog walkers, please if anyone knows anything about wire fencing getting cut on Fulshaw Wood Farm, let me know.

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Successful LAMMA 2014

LAMMA 2014

It was good to meet up with so many clients and friends at LAMMA, although up to our neck in mud, a good time was had by all.

Photo taken by: Alex Wellings

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Proper Free Range Eggs

Free Range Eggs

Delicious proper free range eggs for sale at Home Farm, Cottesbrooke, Northamptonshire

Farmers & Mercantile – always on the move, keeping an eye on our farmland.
Photo taken by: Nigel Wellings

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Festive tip for turkey sales:

T’was the week before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
But out on the farm, where the turkeys do roost
Farmers prepare to give their sales a boost
Customers are plenty for this great festive bird
Better make sure you’re properly insured!

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We hope that the British farmer sees turkey sales boom this year and that more people look to buy from farmers markets, farm shops or farm gates.

If you are selling turkeys from your farm shop or at a farmers market check your Public and Products Liability Insurance. Most Farmers Markets will insist you have at least £1,000,000 level of indemnity where many council run markets require you to have £5,000,000. Products Liability carries the same level of indemnity as the public liability and covers you should someone injure themselves or become ill as a result of coming in to contact with your product.

Even producing the smallest number of Turkeys leaves you exposed to the potential for a products liability claim if being consumed by the public and any employees that are butchering will need to be covered for their knife work under Employers Liability.

Poem penned by: Tom Chapman, Farmers & Mercantile Northampton

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LAMMA 2014

LAMMA 2014Farmers & Mercantile are looking forward to LAMMA 2014; the show always provides a wealth of innovative information whilst staying true to its agriculture roots. Even in sub-zero temperatures last year nothing could dissuade visitors from attending their favourite show!

F&M at LAMMA

  • Hall 7
  • F&M Stand 721
  • 22nd January 2014, 7:30am – 5:00pm
  • 23rd January 2014, 7:30am –4:30pm

LAMMA 2014 is again being held at:

East of England Showground
Oundle Rd
Alwalton
Peterborough
PE2 6XE

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