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Associate Partner, Insurance / NFU Group Secretary

Region: South West

Location: Bideford, Devon

Job reference: NFAR02020

Closing date: 15th February 2022

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NFU Mutual Agent opportunity in North Devon

Do you have what it takes to grow an already successful insurance business?

Partner with the lead Agent of our Bideford Agency and you’ll walk into a unique leadership opportunity co-running your very own insurance business.

Well-known and respected within the local community, the Bideford team have amassed a loyal following of farming and, increasingly, non-farming commercial business. The Bideford agency’s client base is now more diverse than ever, including property portfolios, hospitality & retail, food & drink, and more.

Further expansion of the agency’s footprint is significant, particularly in wider commercial markets; and this is where you’ll make a difference. With the support of your lead partner, you’ll not only work behind the scenes on strategy and operational transformation, you’ll also take the lead on driving new business from a wider cross-section of SMEs. This, whilst maintaining retention rates the envy of the industry – with 9 in 10 customers choosing to renew with NFU Mutual – will ensure the continued success of one of the region’s prominent insurance players.

Work Life Balance

Clearly there is no shortage of growth potential in the Bideford agency; and ambitions are running high thanks to the team already performing above target for new business year to date.

However, life isn’t all about career aspirations and business success; the Bideford Agent opportunity can give you back control of your work-life balance. Benefit from the quality of life the surrounding rural and coastal location provides without having to sacrifice your career or wealth aspirations.

Plus, it’s easy to get to, thanks to the M5 and the Atlantic Highway. There’s a bustling community of shops, restaurants, cafés, and more right on the agency’s doorstep. And of course, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, from trail-running to a family stroll along a choice of beautiful beaches.

NFU Group Secretary

In addition to steering a successful insurance practice, you’ll also take a high-profile role in the local farming community as the region’s NFU Group Secretary. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) represents the voice of agriculture up to the highest levels. This role will place you at the heart of the local farming community, championing and representing their interests, whilst also benefitting from the perfect insurance cross-sell opportunity. The roles are intrinsically linked. 

About You

Ready for the leadership spotlight, you’re already a confident sales or business manager, well versed in juggling the demands of a diverse client base and busy team alongside your own performance.

Your inherent drive for results and commitment to client care will inspire others to follow and seek out new opportunities that grow the agency’s footprint across both farming and non-farming business.

Walking into an established Agency, you’ll relish the opportunity to bring new ideas and influence the changes needed to support and future-proof your business.

Previous experience of working in a regulated sales and service environment such as Insurance or Financial Services is preferred, though not essential. More importantly, a passion or active involvement in rural affairs or agriculture will ensure a natural synergy with our core business and the Farmers’ Union.

Rewards and Benefits

As an Agent of NFU Mutual and a Partner with the existing Agent in the NFU Mutual Agency network, you’ll be joining an established business in an existing office, so won’t need to make any up-front capital investment.

As a self-employed Agent, your income will be built into the Agency financial structure. Your drive, vision and personal ambition are the only limit to your future earning potential.

This unique self-employed opportunity gives you the autonomy to grow an existing business with the backing of a major organisation whilst enjoying the freedom of being your own boss.

As well as investment support, you’ll also have access to a full range of courses at our dedicated Training Academy; including sales, business and finance planning, team recruitment and NFU Mutual products. We’ll also support you to gain your Chartered Institute of Insurers certification.


Want to find out more?

Contact Stephan Papantoniou in confidence on 07890 395430 or email

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A unique opportunity

Build your own insurance business with the support of NFU Mutual.

Just imagine; running your own successful business, leading from the front, driving your own strategies, managing your own personal and professional time. Most of all, being in control of your own destiny. All this plus the support of a trusted UK insurer. Well, now is your chance.

We've opportunities for commercial leaders with ambitions to run an established insurance business to join our Agency Network as an Agent and Appointed Representative of NFU Mutual.