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Business Development Partner, Insurance Sales / NFU Group Secretary

Region: South West

Location: Okehampton & Holsworthy

Job reference: NFAR02035

Closing date: 30th November 2021

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The NFU Mutual agency network

NFU Mutual is an award-winning insurance and financial services business offering high-quality products and services to a range of customers, from individual policyholders to major businesses.

Through our exceptional personal service and honest advice, we develop long-standing relationships with our customers and retain on average 95% of our business each year. We are proud to have a network of more than 300 agencies across the UK. Our agencies are run by self-employed Agents who enjoy a unique opportunity to build, lead and grow successful local businesses, typically in partnership with one or more other Agents.

NFU Mutual Agent opportunity in Halwill

As a Partner in the Halwill Agency you’ll have the unique opportunity to run and develop an existing business together with the current experienced business partners.

A large and well-established business, the Halwill Agency is well known locally and has a strong reputation spanning the North Devon region. The agency team has a loyal customer base and provides services to an attractive mix of farming and non-farming businesses. Experienced and knowledgeable the team consistently achieve agency growth plans, so there’s a solid foundation for you to build on.

This is a team that puts customers at the heart of everything they do. It’s what the agency’s reputation has been built on. As a self-employed business partner, you’ll build on the success of the agency and drive business growth in both the core farming sector and across a range of non-farming sectors including estates, tourism and property. Your day to day tasks will include motivating, supporting and developing your team to consistently deliver excellent results whilst you deliver your own personal sales performance, providing a valuable contribution to the branch achieving its targets.

The agency is perfectly placed in the village of Halwill. The Halwill NFU Group is equally well placed. Straddling Devon and Cornwall it stretches from the coast at Bude, to the foot of Dartmoor at Okehampton, where it rises north towards Bradworthy before heading back to the coast at Welcombe.

Whether you’re out in a field talking to a local farmer or sitting in a boardroom discussing an acquisition with a CEO, you’ll appreciate the issues your customers are facing and give them the support and advice they need.

About you

Ready to be your own boss, you relish the opportunity to create business plans and implement strategies that provide a professional and personal service to a range of customers, from high-net worth clients to farmers and commercial businesses.

An excellent communicator, you’re great with people from a wide range of backgrounds and can easily spot opportunities and develop new business. A strong and professional leader, you’re a confident influencer who’s used to motivating a team.

Collaborative, positive and supportive, you know how to recruit, reward and develop a strong team to help you achieve your ambitions whilst ensuring all relevant regulations and standards of compliance are met.

You may have knowledge of insurance or finance, but as our existing Agents come from a broad range of backgrounds, it’s more important that you know how to use your entrepreneurial flair and clear vision to grow your business. Any interest in agriculture or rural affairs will be highly advantageous.

NFU Group Secretary

The National Farmers Union (NFU) represents the voice of agriculture up to the highest levels, on both national and international platforms. For more than 110 years, the NFU and NFU Mutual have enjoyed a close relationship, working together to provide a first-class service to the farming and wider rural community.

As an NFU Group Secretary you’ll play a major role at the heart of your local farming community. You'll champion the interests of local farmers, arrange local meetings and events, recruit and retain members and keep them up to date on agricultural policy. With full backing from the NFU, you’ll have access to expert advice and specialist support on everything from policy and increasing membership to marketing and media.

Combining your duties as an NFU Group Secretary with your work as an Agent of NFU Mutual gives you the chance to make the most of new opportunities for your agency, as well as introducing what the NFU and NFU Mutual have to offer to a wider audience. The roles are intrinsically linked.

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.

Make no mistake, this is a unique self-employed opportunity that gives you the autonomy to take charge of a ready-made 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 Insurance Institute certification.


How to apply
If you’d like to know more about a self-employed Agency role within the NFU Mutual Agency Network, please 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.