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2001 Bellwood Prestbury launches in Cheltenham 

Peter Bellwood launches the business on 2nd January 2001 as a sole trader from an office at 103 Promenade, Cheltenham.

2002 We begin to support individual expatriates abroad

Bellwood Prestbury’s first foray into international insurance is supporting individuals living abroad.

2003 We create bespoke cover for companies working in the Iraq war zone

Working with a Lloyd’s Broker, we create affordable cover for a company bidding for support and logistics contracts in the Iraq war.

2004 Our focus shifts to supporting businesses in high-risk areas 

We begin to provide bespoke insurance for companies working in post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, and NGO’s, humanitarian and media organisations.

2005 We begin to service multi-national firms with complex needs

We expand into employee benefit schemes for multi-nationals across borders, covering expat and local employees.

2006 We set up regular support trips to UAE and Dubai

We regularly visit major clients in the Middle East to review renewals and ensure best value.

2007 Bellwood Prestbury becomes a member of British Expertise

We join British Expertise to improve our support for companies working on overseas projects.

2008 We provide DBA insurance for US contracts

Many of our clients are involved with logistics and infrastructure support in Afghanistan and Iraq.

2009 We create international Liability insurance for UN contracts

This allows companies working all around the world to meet the UN’s contractual obligations with a single policy.

2010 We extend cover for relief workers in Haiti

We create bespoke cover for multiple nationality NGO workers responding to the earthquake in Haiti, with US medical evacuation.

2011 Bellwood Prestbury becomes a Lloyd’s Coverholder

This gives us more flexibility in creating bespoke high-risk Personal Accident insurance and Life insurance for companies operating all over the world. 

2011 Protection from Somalia pirates 

Our special Maritime Security insurance protects ships, cargoes and personnel as pirate attacks rise in the Gulf of Aden

2012 ISO 9001 Certification

We achieve ISO 9001 Certification – a standard we still uphold today. 

2013 We provide kidnap and ransom cover for journalists in Syria

Clients include journalists, documentary teams and film crews reporting on the escalating unrest and eventual civil war, as well security companies protecting Red Cross installations.

2014 High-risk oil and gas insurance in action in Iraq 

The brutally fast advance of ISIS in Iraq requires mass evacuation of western oil and gas workers in Iraq.

2015 We develop a specialist policy for Companies working in Ebola Affected Areas 

Our specialist policy provides cover for death or disability for employees potentially exposed to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

2016 Bellwood Prestbury launches IN magazine 

Sharing international insurance advice and tips from experts in kidnap and ransom, legal risks, security and other interesting fields.

2017 We launch our global Fleet Insurance product

Providing international cover for vehicles, anywhere in the world, from a single policy

2018 Bellwood Prestbury becomes a Lloyd’s Broker

After seven years as a Lloyd’s Coverholder, we become a registered Broker at Lloyd’s, using our new status to support clients in Mogadishu, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

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