Insurance company to open in May

ONE of the largest independent insurance brokers in the country is looking to open offices at Claydon Business Park next month.Taylor Price Direct Choice has been recruiting staff to move into its new three-storey office block since before Christmas.

ONE of the largest independent insurance brokers in the country is looking to open offices at Claydon Business Park next month.

Taylor Price Direct Choice has been recruiting staff to move into its new three-storey office block since before Christmas.

The building has capacity for 230 new jobs, although these spaces will not be filled in all in one go.

Managing partner Adrian Parry told the Star the Ipswich complex is desperately needed, to help the Newmarket-based company continue its expansion.


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He said: "We have taken 40 staff from Ipswich who are training here from Newmarket and we plan to fill the building at Claydon Business Park over the next two to three years as we grow."

These 40 staff were ready to fill positions in Ipswich when the premises open in late May.

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Founded in 1974, the company was one of the first direct insurance providers in the country. The Newmarket offices opened in 1988.

It would retain its existing offices in Newmarket but is branching out to Ipswich for several reasons.

The size of the town, its existing insurance companies and brokers. They also have a number of existing staff attached to Ipswich and travel to Newmarket each day.

Mr Parry had earlier told earlier The Star: "In order to cope with demand the new offices are desperately needed Claydon Business Park is absolutely ideally situated and we are very much looking forward to moving in."

The company is recruiting staff with a minimum of a year's experience and also looking at people who are looking to join an insurance company for a career change.

The three storey building was designed by Hadleigh firm of architects Wincer Kievenaar Partnership and was being built by Ipswich based RG Carter.

Claydon Business Park was originally an army camp and in 1915 a Jersey industrialist Edward Le Bas acquired the land and moved the British Steel Piling company there from London.

The Burrows family then gained interest in the site but then in 1982 Edward Le Bas Properties Limited was formed and the first tenant, Five Star Printing moved in.

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