The rich will always be with us

Everyone’s jumping on the sustainability bandwagon these days – and insurers are no exception. In June, I wrote for Insurance Times’ Property Focus on their unlikely forays into Energy Performance Certificates for buildings, as well as the Teflon-resilience of the super-rich in the recession, and the cast of thousands working behind the scenes to settle a big fire claim.

Where’s my sausage?

I did a couple of days on Construction Manager in the run-up to press day, writing news stories and the funnies page. Highlights inlcuded asking the industry whether collaborating with China was really an option, getting to grips with new sustainability clauses in JCT contracts, and asking what kind of fry-up consists of only eggs, bacon, toast and ketchup?

The mystery appeal of the £1440bn market

Last time I wrote about the SME market for Insurance Times, small businesses were expected to be the biggest losers in the recession. When I revisited the issue in May, it turned out things weren’t so bad – though that could be simply because it’s so very big. In particular, the big three brokers are desperate to build their presence in a market that represents £1440bn a year and 99.9% of private companies, and are trying to use the UK’s many small brokers to help them. It’s not going that well – the likes of Aon, Marsh and Willis appear to have as much trouble getting in touch with the broking minnows as they do with their lucrative customer base.