Insurance Awareness Day1 falls on 28 June. While you might think all these awareness days are ‘just PR’, they can focus our minds on how we can be sure of getting the right cover, a competitive price and good service.

At Deacon, we’re proud to be part of an industry that achieves its goal of protecting people against financial losses that could otherwise be devastating to them.

So we thought we’d take a look at how the industry has evolved.

The earliest forms of insurance cover go back to around 3000-2000 BC. Insurance has been around so long, it’s even found inscribed on the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, the first written laws.

Insurance, as we think of it now, came into existence around the time of the Great Fire of London, where the devastation that had taken place seeded the idea of property insurance.

The UK insurance and long term savings industry is the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. It plays an essential part in the UK’s economic strength and, according to the Association of British Insurers, it manages investments of £1.6 trillion and processes nearly £46 million a day in property and motor claims. It employs around 310,000 individuals, of which around a third are employed directly by providers, with the remainder in auxiliary services such as broking, which is where Deacon fits in.

You can find out more about the industry from the Association of British Insurers2


 Reviewed 28 February 2022

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