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BAS Energy – Proud Supporter of Vertas Making the Difference Staff Awards 2017

BAS Energy, having developed a partnership with Vertas Global Limited last year, were delighted to celebrate Verta’s Making the Difference Staff Awards 2017 this month. Our partnership began after securing the contract to manage the entire energy (electricity and gas) portfolio for Suffolk Country Council’s procurement framework for a minimum of 3 years last September. We continue to work closely with Vertas and were thrilled to join them in their celebration to honour the commitment and excellence of Vertas employees.

The award ceremony which was held at the Sir Bobby Robson Suite at Ipswich Town Football Club, was attended by 160 guests. We would like to congratulate all of the 2017 winners, including Jenny Love who won the Customer 1st award which was proudly sponsored by BAS Energy. Commenting on the Award, Andy Blake, BAS Energy’s Commercial Director said, “What makes these awards so special is that they reward the Staff members for their focus on positive customer experiences, which is embedded in the ethos at BAS Energy.”

Jenny Love from Vertas (centre), accepting the ‘Customer 1st Award’ from Andrew Blake, Commercial Director of BAS Energy.

Ian Surtees, Vertas Group Limited’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “Customers are our life blood. This award recognises a member of our Vertas team that has provided exceptional customer and/or client service over a sustained period of time and who has demonstrated a ‘customer first’ culture.”

“I’m delighted that our second Making the Difference Staff Awards ceremony was a huge success. My congratulations go to the winners and finalists of 2017.”

“This event provided the opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate our colleagues who consistently demonstrate excellent business practices and provide quality customer service within their role. These individuals strive to go above and beyond to ensure that their clients and customers have truly positive experiences with us.”

To see the full list of winners and to find out more information about the awards ceremony, visit

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ingenie publishes 2017 Young Driver Report

Young driver insurance brand, ingenie, has released its 2017 Young Driver Report exploring the real world of 17 to 25-year-old drivers. Comprising ingenie’s telematics data, industry figures and opinions from the thousands-strong ingenie community, it covers topics ranging from crash rates to drug driving as well as the rising cost of motor insurance for young drivers in the UK.

The report comments on distracted driving, as the new driving laws with tougher penalties for drivers caught using their mobile phones came into force on 1 March. ingenie notes in the report, “Unfortunately, for young drivers, distraction is even more of a big deal. Young drivers don’t have a fully developed hazard perception centre in their brain until around 25, so newer drivers have to be actively concentrating at all times.”

A few interesting findings:

  • ingenie’s average premium for a 17-year-old is £1,443 compared to an industry average of £2,112
  • 52% of young respondents said they either had a black box policy or were considering it
  • 58% of ingenie’s Twitter following said they never use their phone in the car
  • The driving test pass rate is 50% and each retake adds a minimum of £206 to the cost of learning
  • 52% of young drivers told ingenie they thought they’d be fine to drive the day after smoking cannabis
  • 47% of ingenie’s survey respondents said they consider their parents as best friends

For the full analysis, read ingenie’s report. You can also find it for download on iTunes.

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Hubio to chair the Strategic Claims Panel at tomorrow’s Strategic Claims Conference, London

Focussed on building a digital, data-led future and technologies for the insurance sector, Hubio will be showcasing its solutions at tomorrow’s Strategic Claims Conference in London. The conference will spark the debate on the challenge of developing an effective claims strategy which is becoming ever more complex.

Neil Thomson, Strategic Sales Director at Hubio, will be chairing the Core Claims Systems session which will discuss that as technology and ‘digital’ continue to drive rapid changes, the question of what you do with claims legacy systems becomes ever more critical.

At the event, Hubio will have exclusively available the pre-release Celent paper ‘The need for a Modern System’ authored by Craig Beattie, Senior Insurance Analyst.

For more information on the programme and scope of the event, visit Strategic Claims website.

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Hubio on the stage at 15th Annual Technology Conference

Hubio’s Head of Canadian Operations, Phil Henville will present at tomorrow’s 2017 Technology Conference (ICTC2017).

In the North American market, independent agents and brokers have seen their market share steadily decrease over the past 20+ years as direct writers have invested heavily in their digital presence, and grown their market share. Speaking on the topic of “What Lessons Can Broker-Based Insurers Draw from Direct Carriers”, Phil will expand on what are they doing right, and how insurers with an independent broker or agent distribution channel can use technology to compete.

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As insurers work to provide an enhanced digital experience across the entire distribution management life cycle, agent/broker portals are essential to that experience. Hubio’s digital solutions connect P&C insurers with brokers, policyholders and third parties, enabling them to drive growth, reduce cost, and improve customer relationships. Hubio has built strong partnerships with many Canadian insurers over 15+ years of service.

Hubio is a gold sponsor at the event. ICTC2017 will bring together practitioners, analysts, and suppliers to share their experiences with technology implementations and discuss technology’s impact on critical business issues in the insurance industry.

For more information about our ICTC2017 attendance, read Hubio’s blog.

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1ST CENTRAL extends its partnership with Hubio

1ST CENTRAL Insurance has extended its commitment to Hubio’s claims platform, ICE Claims, with a new agreement.

1ST CENTRAL has partnered with Hubio to provide ICE Claims and ICE Intelligence in support of its end to end claims operations since its launch in 2008. Hubio has continued to support their business with their ongoing goals of increased efficiency, better customer communication and overall cost management. Since its go-live, 1ST CENTRAL has implemented 9 Hubio ICE upgrades, with the most recent being in September 2016.

Speaking of its recent upgrade to ICE Claims, Glen Marr, Claims and Counter Fraud Director at 1ST CENTRAL commented: “I want to compliment Hubio upon how well our most recent ICE upgrade was delivered. It once again demonstrated how everyone in both organisations works well together across our projects.  We continue to take upgrades from Hubio year on year as new functionality comes into the application that we can benefit from.”

Lynette Slater, Client Services Director at Hubio said: “We have a longstanding relationship with 1ST CENTRAL, and are delighted that they have confirmed their ongoing commitment to working with Hubio with this agreement. ICE Claims gives 1ST CENTRAL the tools to achieve the automation and efficiencies needed in today’s high expectation, high availability environment.  We look forward to working further with 1ST CENTRAL to leverage the benefits of Hubio’s technology.”

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Hubio is attending Guidewire Connections 2016

Having recently joined the Guidewire PartnerConnect program, Hubio will be attending Guidewire User Conference – Connections 2016 in San Francisco on October 24th-27th.

The conference brings together insurance companies who use Guidewire applications as well as representatives from technology suppliers such as Hubio, who provide solutions that complement and enhance the Guidewire core offerings.

Working with Guidewire, we’re developing pre-built accelerators that will take Hubio’s proven technology and integrate it with Guidewire, to give insurance customers a tried and tested solution. The first will address insurance carriers’ needs to complete their regulatory filing requirements using a pre-built accelerator integrating Guidewire PolicyCenter and ClaimCenter with Hubio’s reporting solution.

Read more about our accelerator in this blog:

BAS shortlisted for Third Party Intermediary of the Year in the 2016 Energy Awards

BAS Energy, one of the UK’s leading independent Energy Consultancies, has been shortlisted for the Energy Awards 2016 in the ‘Third Party Intermediary of the Year’ category.

In the last 12 months, BAS has experienced success in securing competitive energy contracts on behalf of UK businesses.  Its unique energy management platform, OpenView and strong customer support have helped it win more customers which has fuelled growth for the company.

In announcing BAS as a finalist, the organisers congratulated the company’s success within this hotly contested sector.

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Shaw, CEO of BAS, said “The Energy Awards are recognised within the industry as being one of the most coveted in the UK. To be a finalist is not just an honour, but a recognition of the dedication, investment and commitment Business Advisory Service has made to delivering first class energy consultancy services to UK businesses.”

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Hubio Fleet debuts its real-time fleet tracking solution at Van & Truck show

Watchstone Group plc (“Watchstone”) is pleased to announce the launch of Hubio Fleet ( Hubio Fleet is a provider of simple, low-cost vehicle tracking designed to improve driving behaviour, lower the cost of fleet operation, increase productivity and minimise vehicle wear and tear.

Built on Hubio’s proprietary platform for the usage-based insurance industry and Road Angel Fleet’s experience within the commercial vehicle market, Hubio Fleet enables fleet managers and operators to track their drivers and vehicles using a web-based portal.

Andrew Betteley, Chief Technology Officer for Connected Car said: “What fleet managers want is a simple and cost-effective tracking tool that drives real change. Our dashboard gives an overview of an entire fleet’s driving performance and the ability to drill down into individual driver behaviour enabling personalised feedback. These insights lead to improved driving style, which minimises the risk of accidents and reduces fuel costs by up to 15% for fleet operators.”

Hubio Fleet offers two tracking devices – an OBD plugin that is plugged directly into a vehicle’s on-board diagnostics port (OBD port) by the user and a black box that is professionally fitted and located out of sight.

Data from the devices (GPS location, speed, acceleration, and braking) is then transmitted over the mobile phone network to the fleet manager or owner-operator who can see where their drivers are in real-time on a Google map, with Street View built-in.

Indro Mukerjee, Group CEO of Watchstone said: “In line with our commitment, Hubio Fleet has launched this month. Using our proven telematics tracking platform, we have developed a compelling user interface and a go-to-market approach based on competitive pricing. We will target small to medium size fleets initially in the UK. This telematics market gives Hubio the opportunity for rapid business development and growth.”

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BAS awarded contract for Suffolk County Council energy portfolio

Business Advisory Service (BAS) in partnership with Vertas Global Limited has been awarded the contract for managing the entire energy (electricity and gas) portfolio for Suffolk County Council procurement framework. The deal is for a minimum three years – and up to five years. Purchasing of gas and electricity will be provided using BAS “Openview” technology and will manage all of the councils c£16m of energy spend every year.

On why BAS was chosen, Head of Energy for Vertas, Lisa Galbraith said: “BAS has the experience and expertise necessary to manage large energy portfolios and bring a full suite of energy services for the benefit of our customers.”

BAS Commercial Director, Andrew Blake added: “Vertas will now be operating the leading framework in the country due to its flexibility in delivering multiple energy procurement and data management services. We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with them – and are excited about public sector opportunities.”

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Hubio to take the stage at Connected Car Forum

Our Connected Car team at Hubio will be attending TU-Automotive Connected Car Insurance 2016 conference in Chicago on 7-8 September. With hundreds of delegates expected, it is a significant and the most informative forum for executives from across the connected car and auto insurance industries.

The forum presents a lively opportunity to discuss the development of consumer centric insurance solutions for the connected mobility era. With the number of internet-connected vehicles skyrocketing, the conversation is more relevant than ever.

Hubio’s Joe Armeni, SVP Business Development and Insurance Solutions, will be on the panel session “Tune Insurance to the Fleet Beat” exploring the positive impact telematics can have on a fleet’s bottom line:

As telematics for Personal Lines continues to take form in the US marketplace, it is becoming more and more clear that the same type of data and process can be leveraged within Commercial Lines as well. As telematics penetration in fleets continues its upward trend, Ill look to explore ways that insurers can add value to the fleets they insure and at the same time improve bottom line performance through better risk selection, improved rate segmentation and reduced loss costs.” – Joe Armeni 

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