Top 10 Best Insurance Companies in the UK
The word ‘insurance’ in 2012 is a very broad one indeed as there as so many different products on the market that can protect everything from your car to your pets and even you as an individual. With so much competition on the market, finding a company to provide you with what you need can often prove a difficult task. Here are the top 10 best insurance companies in the UK, each offering cover across a wide range of products.
AXA is one of the largest insurance companies in the UK, offering car, pet, home, travel and life insurance policies and very competitive premiums. With a history that dates back to the 18th century, it’s safe to say that AXA knows a thing or two about getting insurance right for their customers – all 16 million of them in the UK. AXA has a headquarters in London and a network of sales centres and offices across the UK, employing around 12,000 people in total.
9) Swift Cover
Founded in 2005 primarily as a car insurance provider, the popularity of Swift meant they quickly widened their service to include insurance for everything from travel to private medical insurance. Unlike many insurers on the list, all of Swift Cover’s business is done via the internet, abandoning traditional methods such as telephone. As a result they are widely regarded as one of the best for online service. Swift is also the first car insurance provider to offer customers the option of printing their own car insurance certificate.
Admiral is a company well-renowned for providing customers with low insurance premiums across eight different products. Having started business in 1993, Admiral has grown as a company and expanded their product into several other countries, including France, Italy and Spain. The Admiral single-car and multicar insurance policies offer some of the best benefits on the market.
7) Tesco Bank
Tesco is more commonly known as a supermarket chain thanks to their 6351 stores across the UK, Europe, North America, and further afield. However, they are also quickly becoming known in the UK for the great range of insurance policies on offer from Tesco Bank. With cover available on everything from home insurance to dental insurance and excellent rewards for Tesco Clubcard holders, it is easy to see how Tesco Bank has made it into the list of the top 10 insurance companies in the UK.
6) Liverpool Victoria Insurance (LV =)
LV = are one of the UK’s best known insurance companies offering insurance for all of life’s needs. LV provides great value and award winning insurance and has been providing financial security, peace of mind and excellent customer service since 1843. Customers taking out policies with LV = can take advantage of 5-star Defaqto rated car insurance, home insurance with up to £1 million cover for buildings as standard, pet insurance with up to £5,000 per condition for vets’ fees and much more.
5) Direct Line
Many people in the UK will be familiar with Direct Line, the range of TV adverts starring famous faces and the red touch-tone phone with wheels. The company are one of the great success stories, having started in 1985 offering only over-the-phone car insurance to now providing a wide range of services over the phone and internet and a customer base of over five million. Direct Line offers some of the most competitive rates available, although do not advertise on comparison websites and must be contacted directly – if you excuse the pun!
Churchill is arguably as famous for their talking British Bulldog with the catchphrase “oh yes!” as it is for insurance products, but have proven their worth as a policy provider with numerous “Your Money” awards and brilliant levels of service and customer dedication. Like many other insurers, Churchill started out in 1989 as a direct motor insurer and extended their services over the years, finally becoming part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in 2003.
Having been founded in 1965, Endsleigh has become one of the UK’s leading independent insurance providers, offering a wide range of products to suit the lifestyles of people ranging from student age to retirement age. Policies are available over the phone and online with the aim of exceeding client expectations in price, service and cover.
Zurich is one of a few truly global insurance providers, employing 60,000 staff in over 170 countries. A wide range of insurance policies are available to cover everything and everyone – from individual to global corporation. Zurich has nearly 140 years’ experience as in insurer and is one of the most respected companies in the world.
Topping the list of the UK’s best insurance companies is the UK’s largest Insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of general and life insurance. With over 43 million customers, 36,600 employees and 300 years of heritage, Aviva is at the head of the pack when it comes to quality and affordable insurance.