Independent insurance broker expands into Cumbria

An independent insurance broking and risk management specialist is expanding into Cumbria. TL Dallas, which already has 11 UK offices, has appointed seasoned insurance professionals, Lynne Taylor and Emma Irving, who have 60 years combined industry experience, to head up the office. 

TL Dallas in Cumbria offers general commercial, corporate and agricultural business insurance and will be based on the Dovenby Hall Estate, near Cockermouth. 

Lynne began her insurance career at General Accident in Workington and worked in personal and commercial underwriting including claims. After a period as a commercial and farm underwriter at Provincial in Carlisle, Lynne was offered a position at C H Jeffries in Cockermouth 28 years ago. She became a broking manager for the firm’s three offices and latterly, for more than a decade, worked as an account executive across the commercial, corporate and agricultural sectors.  

Emma joined C H Jeffries 24 years ago, in the firm’s commercial business unit, which she helped develop into a substantial core part of the business. Emma then took on the team leader role, whilst also developing as an account executive, with her own book of commercial clients. 

C H Jeffries was the largest independent insurance broker in Cumbria before it was bought by Willis, which sold to Smart & Cook and was later bought by Bluefin.  A subsequent merged company with Jelf Insurance was then purchased by Marsh Commercial.

Emma said: “C H Jeffries was very customer focussed. When TL Dallas announced plans to expand into Cumbria, their core values instantly resonated with both Lynne and myself. 

“We have a diverse mix of businesses in Cumbria, and we believe that essentially Cumbrian businesses continue to want to work with people that they know and trust and prefer face to face contact. Of course, we use all the latest technological advancements to facilitate a personal service, genuine expertise and in-depth industry and local market knowledge. 

“We are looking forward to working with the rest of the TL Dallas team and can’t wait to welcome clients from Cumbria and beyond, as well as growing our team here.” 

Polly Staveley, managing director at TL Dallas, said: “Both Lynne and Emma have excellent industry reputations and they know the Cumbrian market inside and out. Their attention to detail, client focus and impressive industry expertise will appeal to clients keen to work with the pair, whilst also benefiting from our wider network and services.” 

TL Dallas is a fourth-generation family firm, owned by its management and staff that has been in business for more than 100 years. Renowned for its personal broking service and really getting to grips with its clients’ needs, TL Dallas strikes a balance between the most comprehensive and cost-effective policies. 

The company has a team of 145 and offers insurance services spanning commercial, personal, trade credit, books and collectables, farming and agricultural, specialist avian influenza (bird flu) and demolition contractor, as well as due diligence, risk management and independent financial services. TL Dallas also has an in-house claims consultancy division.  

TL Dallas expands in Glasgow following flurry of contract wins

TL Dallas is expanding in Glasgow following a flurry of contract wins, including clients in the renewables, technology and life science sectors. As a result, TL Dallas has appointed Iwona Siwik, who has a first-class honours degree in risk management from Glasgow University and several years industry experience as a corporate broker. She will support the commercial team, which includes Douglas Lapsley and Fiona Parker. There will be further team expansion this summer with another senior appointment.

Bernard Dunn, from TL Dallas in Glasgow, said: “As well as providing commercial insurance services to clients in the manufacturing, property, construction, food and drink sectors, we have developed a niche service specifically for the renewables sector and now have a significant number of hydro scheme clients.

“Glasgow is a real powerhouse for early stage high-growth technology and life science companies, and we have been privileged to guide a number of new businesses starting up in these sectors with specialist insurance advice, through our close working relationships with major Scottish Universities.

“In addition to commercial insurance, our due diligence consultancy service, which provides an insurance health check review to investment firms acquiring equity stakes in businesses, is continuing to grow, and we plan to recruit further this year, as we continue to work with our valued clients and win new ones.”

TL Dallas is a fourth-generation family business with 11 offices across the UK, included its Glasgow office on St Vincent Street. The team of 10 in Glasgow are led by experienced insurance brokers Bernard Dunn and Tim Mackenzie, who have more than 70 years combined industry experience.

The TL Dallas Glasgow and Edinburgh teams are all active in their local business communities. Douglas is on the board of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and a director of the Merchants House of Glasgow. Tim, Bernard and Fiona are board members of various charities and not for profit organisations. TL Dallas is a member of Family Business United (FBU) Scotland, and proud sponsors of The Glasgow Accies Rugby Club in Glasgow.

TL Dallas gears up for growth with hat-trick of office moves

TL Dallas, is expanding after relocating three of its offices to new premises, which follows the successful launch of two new businesses within the group last year. 

TL Dallas, which has 11 UK offices, expanded into Lincolnshire at the end of 2021, launching Dallas Scott Davey with experienced insurance professionals, Ed Davey, and Darren Scott, who have 45 years combined industry experience.

Dallas Scott Davey offers specialist agricultural and business insurance and has now relocated to Plowright House, which is the University of Lincoln’s former agricultural campus within its Riseholme Estate. Today Plowright House is a Barclays Eagle Labs office hub with a focus on cutting-edge AgriTech research and related businesses.

The company now has a team of three in Lincoln and plans to triple in size over the next 18 months, recruiting six new account handlers and brokers.

In April 2021, TL Dallas also opened an office in the Craven district of North Yorkshire. Known as Dallas Wilding Drew, the office is headed up by Simon Drew and Mark Wilding and offers general commercial insurance to privately owned businesses across all sectors. Simon and Mark have a combined total of more than 50 years of corporate insurance, personal insurance, and risk management experience between them.

Originally located in Settle, Dallas Wilding Drew has already grown to a team of four people, following the recent appointment of Shirley Walters from Marsh Commercial, and has now expanded into larger offices at Asquith Business Park in Gargrave near Skipton.

In addition, the London office of TL Dallas has relocated to 14 Devonshire Square, in the City of London, close to Liverpool Street Station. The office has recently recruited three new people and now has a 16-strong team supplying commercial insurance products to businesses across all industries, SMEs and hotels. In addition, the London office offers a variety of specialist products, including books, collectables and demolition insurance.

Polly Staveley, managing director at TL Dallas, said: “Simon, Mark, Ed, and Darren are all very experienced and genuinely strive to offer their clients the best products and advice possible and will negotiate hard on their behalf, so we knew they’d be a great fit for TL Dallas.

“Putting their names over the door and launching these businesses is a great way for us to bolster our business and service offerings in new areas, whilst giving experienced industry stalwarts the opportunity to be shareholders in the business.

“Our London office is also going from strength to strength and relocating to prestigious new premises in the heart of the City is an exciting prospect as we continue to grow our client base in the South of England.”

Ed Davey, director at Dallas Scott Davey, said: “In a short space of time we’ve quickly established a strong client base across a wide area, with our core business being in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Farming is experiencing significant challenges across all sectors, not least due to agri-inflation. Steering a course for the business and building the right strategy needs more careful attention than ever before. Ultimately farms and associated businesses are having to balance cost versus risk and our specialist industry knowledge and ability to provide a bespoke service is proving very popular.

“Expanding into new premises within the University of Lincoln’s former agricultural campus, which is now home to a wide range of businesses at the forefront of the farming industry, is the perfect address for a specialist agricultural insurance broker.”

Simon Drew, from Dallas Wilding Drew, said: “We set out with the aim of being trusted advisers and delivering the best value for money for our clients across general commercial and corporate insurance. In just over 12 months, we’ve doubled the size of our team and plan to create more jobs this year, as the number of clients we work with continually increases. This new office gives us the ideal platform to continue growing.”

Left to right is Darren Scott and Ed Davey

Our Credit Insurance team welcome new members

Bringing a total of 30 years’ experience to the company, Jonathan Grant and Sandie Cater-Wright join our Credit Insurance team in Bradford’s headquarters. The appointments follow a period of growth we’ve seen in this division, which is expected to continue into 2022.

Joining from Bibby as a Trade Credit Account Handler, Sandie brings extensive experience working in banking and insurance roles and will support our Account Executives locally. Jonathan  joined the team as an Account Executive, having previously worked on a number of large portfolio clients at Aon.

The appointments continue the positive momentum for our company, following the launch of Dallas Wilding Drew, the company’s first North Yorkshire office, in Settle earlier this year, and Dallas Scott Davey Ltd more recently in Lincolnshire.

Jonathan Smith, Strategic Director of Trade Credit and Surety at TL Dallas, said: “After witnessing significant income growth across the company, we’re delighted to welcome Sandie and Jonathan to the Trade Credit division.

“Their expertise and approach will be significant assets to the TL Dallas offering and will help us to further support clients ranging from SMEs to large corporates. In the current climate it is more important than ever for companies to protect their Balance Sheet and Trade Credit insurance assists with this through both insurance and good debtor management ”

Simon Hyde, Director of Trade Credit and Surety, added: “After celebrating our centenary in 2019, TL Dallas continues to go from strength to strength, cementing our position as a top ten specialist broker in the market, and one of the leading independents nationally.

“We expect this period of growth to continue well into next year and are currently on the look-out for further new team members who will help us to maintain our excellent reputation.”

If you’re looking for Trade Credit support or are interested in hearing about available roles at TL Dallas, please get in touch:



Following successes in running IOSH Approved safety training courses at various client locations we are planning to run an IOSH Managing Safely open course at our offices in Bradford in April 2013.

This course is approved by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It is a highly regarded level of accreditation and widely recognised.

Managing Safely is a course for managers and supervisors in any sector and any organisation. It is designed to give managers all they need to know to help them handle health and safety in their teams. The flexible high impact programme covers all the main health and safety issues, and also includes a session tackling the environment.

Click here to see more.

TL Dallas at Wembley (Dublin) Again!

Following the success of Bradford City in making the Capital One Cup Final in February they turned their attention back to promotion. It looked short lived; the cup run had left them mid table and a disastrous 4-1 defeat away at Exeter in mid March meant it looked like League 2 once again – no more promotion dreams – but this is the Bradford City that never gives up.

So in a season where the players had already shown incredible team spirit and determination to defy the odds they went on a run of games with the kind of form that would have seen them top the table. Barely a month later, they defeated Burton Albion at home grabbing the 7th and final play off place with a game to spare.

A two leg semi final against the very same, 4th place, Burton stood in the way of another Wembley Final, it was made all the more difficult by losing the home tie 3-2 but that “never say die” spirit won over again with a 3-1 victory away from home and Wembley once again beckoned.

The scramble for Wembley tickets began again around the office but for two of TL Dallas Group’s Directors, John Butterworth & I, it was going to be a very different day. Many months ago, before the Sky schedules and the Champion’s League Final conspired to move some of the play off finals from their traditional Bank Holiday Weekend we had agreed to accept an invitation to the Amlin & Heineken Rugby Finals in Dublin, it now clashed.

Could we fly back in time and get back to Dublin? – No, but we had a good look to see if it was possible!

As the day approached, our families and colleagues were very excited getting ready for their second Wembley trip of the season, our task was to find a TV in Dublin and get them to swap channels to show Bradford City v Northampton – not an attractive fixture to most people.

The day arrived and the messages and photos were sent to us from Wembley, still no TV sorted for the match. Eventually we settled on the large hotel we were staying in and our powers of persuasion. England Test cricket was on in the bar, lots of Home Counties rugby types watching it. The head barman needed to buy into our play off final dream, he did and despite a few moans and groans the game was on.

We were rewarded, 3 first half goals in quick succession. Other football fans gathered and started to cheer Bradford on (even Arsenal & Aston Villa fans were cheering us on); we were on our way to League One. As half time approached we realised that our hosts were expecting us and had to leave the game, live commentary was streamed to our phones – isn’t technology wonderful – the second half wasn’t as eventful but the prospect of victory was huge.

We did it, no more goals but just as our defeat to Swansea in the Capital One Cup this was a one sided affair, this time Bradford City had dominated from start to finish – We were going up!! The disappointment of the Swansea game was put aside, it had been a history making season and the management and players had once again shown that they wore the City shirt with pride.

Our families and colleagues joined the party at Wembley; we raised a glass, probably more than one, in Dublin…


L–R: John Butterworth – Group MD, Famous Egg Chaser, Mike Martin – Group Director

At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin it was the pre match meal; a very puzzled, very large and famous egg chaser (Lorenzo Bruno Nero “Lawrence” Dallaglio for those who don’t recognise him) came to see what all the excitement was about, he joined in the celebrations and here is the photo to prove it (City scarf & all).

Mike Martin – Group Director

Personal injury claims reforms – April 2013 (delayed until July 2013)

Back in January 2012, the Government announced that the current Road Traffic Accident (RTA) portal scheme for low value claims up to £10,000 would be extended to Employers’ Liability (EL), Public Liability (PL) and motor claims with a value up to £25,000.

This briefing highlights the key provisions of the amended RTA Protocol and the new EL/PL Protocol. Further details will follow once the protocol is finalised.

RTA Protocol changes

The value of claims which will be dealt with under the scheme will increase from £10,000 to £25,000 with effect from the end of July 2013.

The level of fixed costs payable under the scheme is currently being consulted on, however are proposed to be reduced to: –

£500 for claims between £1,000 and £10,000 that settle without a hearing
£800 for claims between £10,000 and £25,000 that settle without a hearing
The timescales for admitting liability will remain at 15 working days

EL/PL Protocol

This will apply to an EL or PL accident or an EL disease claim where there is only a single defendant and where the value of the claim is up to £25,000. This comes into effect from the end of July 2013.

The Claimant will have to try to identify the Insurer and a Claims Notification Form (CNF) will be sent to that Insurer. If the Insurer cannot be identified then the CNF will be sent to the Defendant.

The Insurer or Defendant must send an electronic acknowledgement of the CNF the day after receipt.

There is then a period of only 30 working days for EL and 40 working days for PL, from the date of service of the CNF, for liability to be investigated.

For an admission of liability to be valid under the scheme it has to be a full admission i.e., without allegations of contributory negligence. If a full admission is not made then the claim falls outside the scheme

In EL claims details of the Claimant’s earnings must be provided 20 days after the admission of liability.

Damages will be increased by 10% to reflect the fact that success fees will no longer be recoverable

The level of fixed costs payable under the scheme is currently being consulted on, however are proposed to be reduced to: –

  • £900 for claims between £1,000 and £10,000 that settle without a hearing.
  • £1,600 for claims between £10,000 and £25,000 that settle without a hearing.

It is obviously going to be economically beneficial for claims to be handled within the scheme wherever possible, however if the claim does fall out of the scheme a separate matrix of costs is being consulted upon which includes a contingency element based upon a percentage of the Claimant’s Damages.

An unsuccessful Claimant will no longer have to pay the successful Defendant’s costs (known as Qualified One-way Costs Shifting or QOCS) unless the claim is proved to be fraudulent.

For further information and details please refer to your usual contact at TL Dallas or call us on 01274 465500.

Working in Hot Weather

During the summer months we can look forward to some hot weather, however, it is not what most people consider to be ideal working conditions and it carries risks whether you work inside or out.

What constitutes acceptable working temperatures?

Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the temperature inside workplace buildings, during working hours, must be ‘reasonable’. But what is meant by ‘reasonable’?

Health and Safety legislation does not refer to maximum temperatures, but it states, “the employer must provide a working environment which as far as is reasonably practicable, is safe and without risks to health.” Therefore whatever the temperature and measures taken to control it, the result must be a workplace that is safe and without risk to health.

What does it mean in practice to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of employees at work? We want employees to remain safe and healthy even when they are not at work, so what advice should we give them?

Indoor Workers

People working indoors have a broad mix of conditions to cope with, ranging from those who work in air conditioned offices to others who are in accommodation that offers little or no defence against outside temperatures.

People who particularly need our sympathy are those who work in premises that are hot and humid at the best of times, such as kitchens. High outside temperatures usually make things so much worse and there may appear to be little that can be done to improve the conditions because of the nature of the work being carried out.

Adequate ventilation must be ensured. Additional fans may be needed and efficient means for extracting stale air. In the worst cases, it may be necessary to call on the services of a ventilation engineer to solve the problem.

It is in everyone’s interest to address these issues because, apart from the risk to health, people who are working in premises that are too hot and humid will be uncomfortable and less efficient. That in turn is likely to lead to lower productivity and increased risk of accidents.

Outdoor Workers

Outdoor workers run major risks from sunburn, sunstroke and heat exhaustion and the risks typically increase for those involved in heavy physical work.

If adequate precautions are not taken, there are further risks with the possibility of rashes, burns or even skin cancer. The people most at risk are those who have fair skins and who don’t tan quickly. Whatever your susceptibility, good sun protection creams may help.

Recommended precautions, however, include frequent and plentiful drinks (clean water being preferable to other types of drink), with regular rest breaks in a cool place. Clothing should be worn to protect from the effects of direct radiation but, for obvious reasons, it should be light and loose fitting to allow body heat to escape easily.

Vulnerable Workers

Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of heat than others. A good example is pregnant workers.

Apart from personal consequences for the mother, breastfeeding may also be impaired by heat dehydration.

Regardless of temperature, employers are required to undertake specific risk assessments for pregnant workers. Typical temperatures in the workplace and the effects of particularly warm spells of weather should be included as part of such assessments.

Simple arrangements need to be made to combat the effects of excessive heat, such as ensuring adequate rest provision, along with suitable refreshment facilities.


So in general, what should employers do?

The first task is to assess the problem. People’s comfort depends on a number of factors including humidity, air movement and change, heat sources associated with the work and any protective clothing that has to be worn. It is fair to say that if most people are complaining about the heat, then action needs to be taken regardless of thermometer readings.

Alongside assessing the problem, it is also worth assessing the effectiveness of control measures that are already in place. Is the air conditioning in need of maintenance or repair? Are window blinds broken? Are there sufficient fans and are they strategically placed? Is there an adequate supply of clean drinking water?

Other, less routine, possibilities includes examining job design or organisation of the works to move people away from direct heat sources (including windows, for example). Heat gain from windows can also be controlled at little additional cost by applying reflective film.

The next task is to ensure employees know how best to cope with the hot temperatures and, perhaps, relax such things as dress code. Employees should be actively encouraged to take plenty of drinks. Water coolers might encourage people to drink more water rather than other drinks, particularly anything containing caffeine. Outside workers in particular need to be able to recognise the symptoms of heat stress and how to deal with them.

If the problem is persistent, it may be appropriate to look at longer term solutions such as installing air conditioning or upgrading an aging system. Even small portable air conditioning units can make a useful contribution.

Although the law is vague when it comes to precise numbers, that doesn’t mean we are without authoritative guidance.

In terms of maximum temperature, the World Health Organisation recommends 24ºC(that is 75ºC). The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers recommends an acceptable temperature range for most types of work as 16ºCto 23ºC(that is 61ºFto 72ºF). However there are different ideal temperatures suggested for different workplaces such as 20ºCfor offices, 19ºC for hospital wards, 18ºCfor shops and 16ºCfor warehouses.

Given the cold and wet that we have to cope with for most of the year, we should be able to enjoy the occasional heat wave. We are all responsible for each other’s welfare, including employers and employees. So let’s do all we can to keep our cool as well as our safety and health during the hot weather.

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A New Threat & Maybe A Nasty Phone Bill


One of our Unitas Partner Insurers, QBE, has recently reported on a new threat to hit business. Phone Phreaking is a fraud where commercial phone systems are hacked in order to place outbound calls to premium-rate numbers. These numbers are controlled by the fraudsters themselves and can be charged at extortionate rates.

It is an attractive scam to the criminals; it’s carried out remotely, difficult to prevent and unlikely to be detected until a large phone bill arrives.

Although still a relatively new crime, Phone Phreaking is already estimated to cost UK businesses over £1bn per year, with the average cost of a UK attack thought to be around £10,000. Currently there is no silver bullet for preventing this fraud, save investing in an expensive software solution.

QBE provides up to £50,000 cover for Phone Phreaking under their Cyber & Data Security policy.

If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us so we can look at the options available to insure your business against these types of losses.

Mike Martin

Group Director

Warning over new ‘flash for cash’ insurance scam

Criminals gangs tricking motorists before intentionally crashing into them

Investigators are warning about a new tactic by criminal gangs, dubbed ‘flash for cash’, where a driver flashes their lights to let another driver out of a junction, and then crashes into them deliberately.

The criminals then make money by putting in false personal injury claims for whiplash and loss of earnings, as well as submitting fake bills for vehicle recovery, repair and replacement car hire.

The Asset Protection Unit, which investigates fraud in collaboration with police and the insurance sector, has warned that the fraudsters often target elderly motorists or women with young children – drivers they believe will not challenge them on the scene.

And the new scam is harder to prove in court, because it comes down to the innocent driver’s word against the criminal’s that they flashed their lights to let them out.

 The number of flash for crash scams are not known, but the IFB estimates that 380 fraudulent personal injury claims from deliberate crashes are made every day and cost the motor insurance industry £392m every year.

 Detective inspector Dave Hindmarsh from the Metropolitan Police told the BBC: “[There are] emotional costs if you’re involved in a crash: you could well lose your confidence, and if your passengers are children they may well become wary of being passengers in cars, and of course you may get injured or killed.

 “It’s an extra £50 to £100 on every person’s premium, so that’s a financial cost.”


This article has been taken from The Insurance Times dated 16th August 2013

The TLD 100 – Sponsored Walk

On the 13th of July a bunch of brave souls inadvertently chose one of the hottest days of the year for our first TLD 100 Charity Sponsored Walk. The route we chose was just short of a half marathon; from the TL Dallas Honley office back to the Head Office in Bradford.

 A distance of 12.6 miles was completed in 4 hours & 1 min in 30 degrees of blazing sunshine and has raised the fantastic total of £1068.00. It was an amazing team effort and everyone stuck together to make sure we all finished.

 It is just one of the events organised as part of our pledge to raise £100,000 by our 100th Anniversary in 2019.

 Massive thanks to all our walkers:

Susan Gill, Claire Humphries, Kevin Stevenson, James Bailey, Kerrell Cronly, Dianne Sweeney, Jamie Swann, Lynsey Brannan, Kristina Cook, Polly & James Staveley with their sons, Dillon & Oscar, 2 absolute troupers, Bruce & Caroline McNeill, Jason Tyas, last but not least, Sharon Shaw (and her 35 blisters) with her husband Mick.

We all had a great time and even though the last mile was ridiculously long, the only thing that kept us going was the ‘Chapel House’. Raising so much money was worth it.

Can I just say I have never enjoyed a pint as much as that one? Maybe the second one as well ………..

Well done guys and thanks to everyone who sponsored us.

National Fork Lift Safety Week

23-27th September, 2013

National Fork Lift Safety Week was launched in 2008 by the Fork Lift Truck Association to raise awareness of the dangers of fork lift environments, and the importance of common sense measures that can make fork lift operation as safe and efficient as possible.

This year, we’re encouraging 1,000,000 Britons to confirm their safety awareness in a bid to break the “accident plateau”. Click here for more information.

TL Dallas do Movember

Mark Adams, Matt Smith, Matt Rhodes, Adrian Ferris & Mike Martin at our Head Office in Bradford, are participating in Movember this year (not all were willing volunteers)

 For those who haven’t heard of Movember, it basically entails not shaving your moustache at all in the month of November, and yes, also looking like Baldrick balancing a dead slug on his top lip by the end of it.

 The main charity we are raising important funds for is Prostate Cancer UK

In addition T L Dallas Group will match whatever is raised and this will be added to our TLD 100 Charity fund as well.

If anyone wants to support us please give generously. We have set up a Just Giving page and the link is below:

TL Dallas Proud to Sponsor Family Business Awards

TL Dallas are delighted to be a category sponsor for The Herald’s Scottish Family Business Awards.

The award ceremony takes place in Glasgow in early December and TL Dallas are giving an award for Excellence in Customer Service.

The Herald – 9th November 2013

Polly Staveley is happy to steer the family firm home

by Scott Wright, The Herald, Group Business Correspondent

It is a voyage that began in Scotland in 1919, when its founder first became involved in marine insurance.  Almost a century later, the good ship TL Dallas is moving full-steam back into the Scottish market.

Polly Staveley, deputy managing director of the family-owned commercial insurance firm, believes her great grandfather would take particular satisfaction at the news that the business had gone “back to our Scottish roots”.

The firm has been active in Scotland since opening offices in Shetland in 1993, building on its long-standing connection to shipping insurance, and in Falkirk seven years later.

But it was the launch of its office in Glasgow’s St Vincent Street two years ago that signalled a serious step change in the TL Dallas operation, north of the Border.

Ms Staveley says: “That office has been going for nearly two years and it has already more than doubled in size. We are absolutely delighted to have a presence in the Glasgow market.


Read the whole article on the Herald Scotland’s website: Click here.

The TLD 100 Campaign

Our centenary year is in 2019 and to mark this very special occasion we have decided to launch a charity initiative involving all our people throughout the UK.

There will be a number of charities chosen each year and our fundraising will be targeted specifically towards helping them.Over the next 6 years we have a goal to raise over £100,000 for local and national charities.

This is a massive challenge for all involved with T L Dallas but with hard work and determination we feel it is possible.  We would welcome any ideas, donations or offers of help.

Our chosen charities for this year are:

  • MIND
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Candlelighters (Yorkshire based children’s cancer charity)
  • Sedburgh Club & TheJoshua Project (Both Bradford based, helping to keep children off the street)
  • Alzheimers Society, Scotland


Join the TL Dallas Charitable Trust community:

   Donate with JustGiving

Text TLDA10 £5 to 70070 to donate to T L D Charitable Trust and make a difference today.

24 Hour Emergency Telephone Numbers 2013-14

We’ve pulled together an updated list of our emergency telephone numbers for 2013-2014.



Zurich, Allianz, Aviva, UK General;

Cunningham Lindsey

Ian Webster: 07880 780718

Kevin Hurley: 07766 511192

Rob Jessop: 07768 965681

Alternatively, they have an emergency desk line 02920386713


RSA; (RSA internal Adjuster) Richard Jenkins 07887 821153 or Terry O’Connor 0777032721

AXA; GAB Robins 0870 4006800

Amlin; Mainclaims telephone number 01245 396357 will automatically transfer your call to Questgates. Alternatively Questgates direct tel is 0845 0709500



Zurich; 0845 712 5220

Zurich High Networth (ZPC); 0800 096 9999.

Hiscox; 0845 2138776

Amlin; as per commercial

RSA; 0870 607 6513

Aviva; 0800 012 345


Other useful numbers – (disaster recovery & cleaning services)

Chemdry – 08443245266

Rainbow International – 01623 422488

Insurance Times It Pack Finale

TL Dallas Account Executive Matt Smith has recently taken part in the Insurance Times It Pack Finale. The event, involving regional heats in London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds, looks to find the brightest young broking talent across the UK.

Having won the Leeds regional heat, Matt recently took part in the event finale at Silverstone race track involving the 8 finalists undertaking a variety of activities and an interview with the judging panel.


The winner is announced at the prestigious Insurance Times Awards in London on 3rd December.

My Penguathlon 2013 by Jeremy Burnham

In late 2012, and after too many drinks at a friends Christmas party, I agreed to take part in my first “Penguathlon”. This was to involve cycling from Leeds to Newcastle (106 miles), run the Great North Run the following day (13.1 miles) and then cycle back to Ilkley (100 miles) the next day. Oh, and all dressed as a penguin!

Having spent the last few years doing various running events and latterly sprint Triathlons, I embarked on getting myself fit for the event. I also had to get to grips with bike cleats / shoes, which comically led to a couple of falls (for any cyclists reading this you will know what I mean!) and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales most weekends.

With Colin Jackson.
With Colin Jackson.

By early September, I was ready for the event and on the 14th September 16 penguins departed for Newcastle. The ride went very well with the weather kind to us and we arrived early evening at our accommodation in Gosforth. An early start was required on the Sunday morning as ahead of the Great North Run media duties (!) were required by the team. There was an interview with Radio 5live, being filmed by the BBC whilst cycling over the Tyne bridge and then following a quick change into our penguin suits, an interview with Colin Jackson for BBC1. By the time we got to the start line we were all more than ready for the race and we went on to receive fantastic support from the local public who turned out in force despite the very poor weather conditions.

Early Monday morning we set off on the journey home and despite encountering rain and 20mph winds most of the way, we arrived in Ilkley just before dark to family / friends at one of the local bars to enjoy some well earned beers!

To date I have personally raised over £1,700 and a huge thanks is owed to all my family, friends, TL Dallas & Co Ltd (who were one of the corporate sponsors) and colleagues, together with clients who have provided great support. In total, Team Penguin have collected over £23,000 for a local charity, Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Jeremy Burnham