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Introducing the East region
I’m pleased to welcome you to the East region. As a new Agent you’ll be joining an agency that is already a key part of the NFU Mutual Agency Network. It’s a region that is full of potential, and the business growth opportunities open to you and your Partner Agent(s) are significant.
After all, our reputation’s been built on developing long-standing and effective relationships, with both customers and agencies. Our experienced team is here to help you as you develop your agency’s full potential, because ultimately our success as a region is based on the success of your business.
As Regional Manager, I set, lead and deliver the sales and service strategy for the region. It’s my job – supported by an exceptional regional team – to oversee and nurture the relationships between NFU Mutual and each agency across the region and ensure that we achieve continuous growth in a regulatory compliant and customer-focused way.
The team is here to help your agency grow and develop. So you can expect a wide range of support, from leadership development training and technical product knowledge, to support in developing and executing your growth plans – all designed to enable you to achieve your ambitions for your business.
Mike Alder, Regional Manager
The East region
The East region covers the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. It’s a major agricultural region and the Agency Network works closely with local NFU representatives to support a variety of customers.
As well as large-scale arable farms, there are major pig, poultry and horticultural interests, as well as a large food processing sector and a busy local tourism industry. The London commuter belt and M11 corridor also offer plenty of potential high net worth customers. The regional team will help you shape your business plan to make the most of these opportunities.
Meet some of the Agents
Neil Kenyon, Senior Agent and Group Secretary (Suffolk Coastal)
I had a rural upbringing and have always had a strong interest in country life. So when I saw the chance to become an NFU Mutual Agent, the rural link jumped out – and 25 years later, I still love the job. I enjoy being able to take my own decisions and be entrepreneurial within the NFU Mutual framework.
And I love building relationships with clients, seeing their businesses and families grow and going on the journey with them. As part of the NFU Agent liaison group, I also get a chance to put a lot back into the national business. This gives Agents a voice and it’s great to be part of conversations that influence changes and initiatives.
Sarah Powell, Managing Partner Agent (Holland South)
I joined an NFU Mutual agency in 2005 and worked in customer support, sales and office management. Then, when two agency partners retired, I was approached about becoming the Managing Partner. This really suited me, because I knew that my strengths were in business management as opposed to sales and this allowed me to focus on the day-to-day running of the business.
It’s a partnership that really works. We have five agency partners, which means we can all play to our individual strengths. I really enjoy the freedom to voice my opinions, test ideas and plan for the future. You’re learning as you go, but the size of the partnership means there’s always someone to support you. And NFU Mutual offer training to help agents and their teams build their technical and business skills.
James Buckland, Wider Market Agent (Ely)
After graduating from Uni, I started looking at City jobs. But joining NFU Mutual’s Trainee Agent Programme meant I could stay in Cambridge, with a good work-life balance and still benefit from being close to London. The programme gave me product knowledge and practical experience in different agencies. I learned the role alongside established Agents and learned valuable skills like money and time management, which are great life skills, too.
When I joined my agency partnership at the end of the programme, it took about a year for me to settle in, get to know things and put my stamp on it. But my partners and NFU Mutual support me and it’s all worth it when you see your business – and your income – growing.
Current agency opportunities
Here are just some of the opportunities that we currently have in the East region. Simply, click on the title to find out more.
You can see all the opportunities we have available by clicking the ‘See all opportunities’ button. But don’t forget, if you can’t find your perfect one right now, you can 'Register for alerts' or ‘Apply spectulatively’. That way, we’ll get in touch when a relevant opportunity does come up.
We're always pleased to hear from talented people, so if you have any questions about the opportunities that we have available, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the application process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.