Haverhill insurance broker shows its commitment to the town with a £350,000 upgrade
A major employer in Haverhill High Street has reaffirmed its commitment to the town by investing £350,000 in the refurbishment of its offices.
Saffron Insurance, which employs more than 40 people at its Grade II listed building, spent five months on the refurbishment in order to, as MD David Beswick said, 'bring it back to its original state.'
Saffron has been in town since December2009 and on July 1, 2010 it bought out Geoff Carter's business, Suffolk Insurance, which had been in Haverhill for 15 years.
Geoff is now an associate director at Saffron Insurance, which has 12 offices in the Eastern region, and is, as he said 'on the acquisition trail, we are acquiring brokers.'
It employs 150 people across all of its offices.
The Haverhill office deals with all types of insurance, with personal insurance on the ground floor and commercial on the first floor.
The building reopened fully on May 14 and the refurbishment has seen two previously 'lost' archways restored and the Victorian coving upstairs exposed.
Two consulting rooms, toilets for the disabled and a private meeting room have also been added.
"It's the centre-piece of the High Street", added Geoff."
Saffron is always looking to recruit more staff, and Stacey Marsh, the small commercial team leader at Haverhill, said: "When I started three-and-a-half years ago there was only 80 staff, so we are growing quite rapidly."
Through the Saffron Insurance Community Fund local charities EACH, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Alzheimers Society - Eastern Region, are all supported.
The fund also pays for a pantomime and afternoon tea every year for 250 soldiers, their friends and family at Carver Barracks in Wimbish.
Each event costs £9,000.
Stacey added: "Over the years, Saffron Insurance has actively supported many local charities, clubs, and community activities.
"We believe in giving not only money but also time, in terms of employee volunteering."
Saffron Insurance is also on social media, having platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.
It’s other offices are in Saffron Walden, Royston, Hertford, Sandy, Cromer, Soham, Sudbury, Ipswich, Bishops Stortford, Dunmow, Maldon and Norwich.