Cornish Mutual is first UK mutual to achieve 'Chartered Insurer' status

Thursday, 02 August 2012

Cornish Mutual is one of ICMIF’s UK members. They are based in the South West of the UK and offer a broad range of cover for individuals, farms and related business activities. Cornish Mutual is now celebrating having joined an elite group of the UK's top insurance companies by being awarded 'Chartered Insurer' status in recognition of its high standards of professionalism and customer service.

This is a major achievement as Cornish Mutual is the first mutual insurance company in the UK to achieve the highest level of recognition from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), UK.

Cornish Mutual, which has around 24,000 members now joins just 15 other UK insurers which hold chartered status.

Alan Goddard, Cornish Mutual Managing Director, said: "This is a tremendous achievement and one which everyone in the team can be very proud of.

"It sets Cornish Mutual apart from other insurers and demonstrates that the traditional values and commitment we have to the communities and members we serve are also underpinned by industry leading professionalism at a nationally recognised level."

Corporate 'Chartered Insurer' status is the gold standard for excellence and integrity for companies in the insurance industry and is granted by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). Businesses achieving chartered status have to show a company-wide commitment to the highest standards of professional practice, customer service and working in an ethical manner. A key element of the scheme is ensuring that chartered insurers have the well qualified, skilled staff required to deliver the highest quality service and to put clients' interests at the heart of what they do.

Dr Alexander Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Insurance Institute, said: "Cornish Mutual is to be congratulated on gaining the title of Chartered Insurer - it shows their commitment to putting clients' interests at the heart of the services the firm offers."

The award of Chartered status comes as Cornish Mutual's commitment to customer service and staff training has been further recognised recently, with the company's customer service training programme having won the 'Customer Service Training Programme of the Year – Financial Services' at the Customer Service Training Awards 2012 run by a mutual self-help membership body, The Customer Service Training Network. The Cornish Mutual programme is entitled “Everyone is Included, Everyone is Valued”.