Insurance jobs boost for town

A JOBS boost could be on the way for insurance workers in Ipswich with the sale of one the town's growing companies.Insurance brokers Direct Motorline has been bought out by another Ipswich based company, which has said all 70 staff will keep their jobs – and more will be on the cards in the New Year.

A JOBS boost could be on the way for insurance workers in Ipswich with the sale of one the town's growing companies.

Insurance brokers Direct Motorline has been bought out by another Ipswich based company, which has said all 70 staff will keep their jobs - and more will be on the cards in the New Year.

Highway Insurance Holdings, based in Crown Street, has bought Direct Motorline as part of an expansion plan and Graeme Kalbraier, founder and former managing director of Direct Motorline said the move is good news for staff.

He said: "This company is very special, I know all of the people very well so to not be a part of it anymore is bit sad.


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"But I have to look after the people there and Highway are a good company and will be good for them.

"There is no question of staff losing their jobs, in fact, it's quite the reverse as they will be recruiting in the New Year."

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Current Direct Motorline staff are expected to move from the current premises in Civic Drive to the Crown Street offices in the New Year.

The sale of Direct Motorline will also mean Mr Kalbraier can focus on his new venture, a call centre service that has already been running for a year.

The company, Call Connection, works with insurance providers to direct potential customers to the right company for the policy they are searching for.

Mr Kalbraier said the company is already growing and he too intends to recruit more staff within the next year.

He said: "It came at a good time, as all good purchases must. I would have been torn in two in the end and that wouldn't be good for either company but now they will both grow."

Call Connection currently has around 45 staff and Mr Kalbraier said he expects to increase that number over the next year.

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