Hastings Direct is one of the UK’s fastest growing insurance intermediaries, and provides personal lines insurance products and services (car, home, bike and van) through the internet and from its existing UK call centres at Bexhill on Sea and Newmarket.
The multi award winning company currently has over 1.7m customers. Hastings is one of the few insurance brokers to offer Defaqto 5 star rated insurance products as standard to its customers, and has ambitious expansion plans – it is on track to insure one in ten of all UK car drivers by 2020, raising its customer numbers to three million.
In August 2014, agents acting on behalf of Hastings approached Leicester as a possible location and after various meetings with universities, colleges and local recruitment organisations, they decided on a location in the heart of the city centre.
The operation will include a call centre employing around 150-200 staff and could hit 400 by 2017. Gary Hoffman, CEO of Hastings Insurance Group said “Our business is based on being refreshingly straightforward and this extends to our culture.
“I strongly believe this will help us attract even more talented individuals from across the Midlands, supported by the fact that we’re centrally located with the train station on our doorstep. “The welcome and support we’ve received from the City Council, local businesses and universities and colleges have been very positive and reinforces the reasons why we chose Leicester”.
We have had a UK headquarters located in Leicester as long as we’ve been operating, and the reasons for that are simple: a prime East Midlands location