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Business Development Partner, Insurance / NFU Group Secretary

Region: South West

Location: Barnstaple, Devon

Job reference: NFAR02020

Closing date: 31st August 2022

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

Join the new partnership of the recently merged Barnstaple & Bideford agencies 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 combined agency has amassed a loyal following of farming and, increasingly, wider commercial business 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. Joining forces with the current business partners of Barnstaple & Bideford, 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.

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 a regional Group Secretary of the NFU.

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 a newly merged business, 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, Banking or Financial Services is advantageous but not essential.

A passion or active involvement in rural affairs or agriculture is also useful to ensure a natural synergy with our core business and that of the NFU’s.

Work-Life Balance

Clearly there is no shortage of growth potential in the Barnstaple & Bideford agency so ambitions need to be high. Equally, the lifestyle suits those seeking to benefit from a rich quality of life that North Devon has to offer. It offers the perfect work-life balance without the need to compromise on career ambitions, wealth aspirations, or a busy personal and social life.

Rewards and Benefits

As a self-employed Agent, your income will be built into the Agency financials which will all be fully explained for anyone keen to know more. Only your drive, vision and personal ambition will limit your future earning potential.

Being an Agent of NFU Mutual is a unique self-employed opportunity that 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.

Ready to apply or want to find out more? 

Click Apply Now or reach out to our in-house Agent recruitment team to enquire further. Contact Stephan Papantoniou on 07890 395430 or

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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.