ONE of Europe’s leading provider’s of affinity insurance is to move its UK base to Portsmouth next month.
SPB will be moving most of its operations from Ryde on the isle of Wight, where it had been based since 2001, to Enterprise House in Portsmouth from November 1.
The company’s headquarters is across the Channel in France, and it provides insurance specifically for mobile devices including phones, tablets and laptops to schools, individuals and businesses.
The business has seen some impressive growth, based mainly on society’s increased reliance on smartphones and tablet devices, which are at risk of being damaged, lost or taken.
Its staff numbers have doubled during the past six months, and the new Portsmouth office is opening to cope with the expansion.
Colin Whitehair, who joined the business at the start of the year as managing director, said: ‘We are very pleased to be expanding into the new offices – Portsmouth is a fantastic location.
‘The island served the business well for over a decade and we are delighted that so many of our staff have chosen to stay with us in Portsmouth.
‘We have big plans for the future, and we need to support further growth with strategic partners.
‘We will be looking to employ more staff from the local Portsmouth area.’
The company operates a busy contact centre helping customers with their claims for lost, stolen or damaged mobiles and tablets.
The business employs its own technical team to test devices prior to despatch to the claimant.
It has its own finance and compliance team and is growing its own IT development and support teams.
The business is keen to hear from prospective employees, who can apply for positions via The News’ job website at jobstoday.co.uk