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Wesleyan Shines as Business of the Year

Wesleyan Assurance Society is celebrating after being named Business of the Year at the National Business Awards Regional Finals on Thursday 16 July. Wesleyan "shone through" according to the judges who praised the Society’s focus on customers and employees and its "innovation in the changing and competitive market place".

Craig Errington, Wesleyan’s Chief Executive, collected the award from ITV Central News presenter Sameena Ali-Khan at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Errington said, "Given the strong competition particularly in this region, I’m proud and honoured to collect this award. 

"As we all know it hasn’t been a great year for the financial services industry so we’re especially proud that we’ve been able to stand out as a business offering strong growth, exceptional financial returns and strong innovation strategies – all of which were criteria for winning. 

“Part of the award process involved giving a presentation in advance to the judges who closely scrutinised our facts and figures. We were able to demonstrate that we’ve continued to grow and develop our business in the current climate, because of our financial strength, while continuing to keep a prudent eye on costs. As a mutual with no shareholders to consider, we’ve been able to steer a steady course by taking the right long term decisions for our policy holders.

“Winning Business of the Year is real reward for the hard work and investment we’ve put in place over recent years to improve the customer experience on every level and to make Wesleyan a great place for our staff to work.”

The National Business Awards 2009 regional programme focuses on three regions – the Midlands, Wales and East Anglia; the North of England and Northern Ireland, and South of England. Wesleyan will now go forward to the national competition in London on 10 November.

Earlier this year, Wesleyan won a prestigious technology award for Best Use of IT in Insurance for its state-of-the-art sales system and in 2008 was awarded the UK Life Insurer of the Year title at the prestigious British Insurance Awards.

Wesleyan provides specialist financial advice and products for doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers.

Awards CeremonyDavid White, partner at Grant Thornton and regional business award judge; Craig Errington, Wesleyan Chief Executive; Sameena Ali-Khan, Central TV news presenter.

For more information and interviews please contact:

Bernadette Bogan or Navdeep Bhatti                      0121 200 9609
Wesleyan Press Office                               

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