Sketching out the history

Our History

October 1999

Frank Adebowale founds Independents Insurances after a career with Royal and Sun Alliance spanning 27 years

January 2000

Independents insures its first health club

August 2001

Designed and implemented a Legal Expenses scheme for the health club market on behalf of the trade association.

September 2001

First employee, Bev Boekbinder joins the company

March 2002

Cover arranged for the 100th client

April 2004

Lost a major client when a large London law firm was taken over. 25% of our business disappeared.  This spurred Independents to achieve significant growth over the coming years.

October 2007

Independents moves to its first commercial premises

April 2009

First Apprentice hired (still with the company now)

March 2010

As a result of sustained growth, Independents move to larger premises

May 2012

Awarded Chartered Insurance Broker status in recognition of high professional standards

October 2012

Company is incorporated as F&N (Reading) Ltd trading under the name Independents

May 2013

Director, Neil Adebowale, becomes President of The Insurance Institute of Reading

October 2014

After 15 years of trading, Independents arranges insurances with premium totalling in excess of £2 million for a diverse range of clients including leisure, manufacturing, technology and construction sectors.

January 2015

Independents joins BIBA

June 2015

500th Gym Insured (600+ as of June 2016)

July 2015

Risk Management Guide launched

June 2016

As a result of sustained growth, Independents move to even larger premises

July 2016

The number of Independents staff reaches double figures.

April 2017

Independents win the specialist broker of the year awards at The 2017 Commercial Insurance Awards.

January 2019

Independents is acquired by MRIB.