Broking break: And finally…

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Jeremy Butler of Qdos shares his list of essential items for surviving on a desert island and Acturis’ Jeff McCracken reveals his first job was as a supermarket grocery assistant.

On the spot


Qdos’ Jeremy Butler on hammocks, heroes and telling the truth

▶ The weirdest item I have ever been asked to find a quote for is…

…an offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

▶ If I were a superhero, other than flying, my superpower would be…

…the ability to freeze time (like the character from the TV show Heroes). The possibilities, and the good that could be done, would be endless.

▶ The biggest challenge for the broking community in the coming 12 months is…

…the impact of Brexit on the industry and wider economy – in particular the uncertainty in our future relationship with the EU, and the uncertain relationship between members of the UK.

▶ The three items I would want if stranded on a desert island are…

…Swiss army knife, a hammock, and a surf board.

▶ The person/item I would like to insure is…

…an island resort in Tahiti because I might not need the Swiss army knife, but the hammock and surf board would come in rather handy between surveys.

▶ If I were not in insurance I would be…

…an airline pilot.

▶ If I could pass one law I would…

…force the mainstream media to report the truth, with no commercial, political, religious, or any other form of bias.

Jeremy Butler, managing director, Qdos Broker & Underwriting Services

Loves & Hates

Jeff McCracken

Sales and marketing director, Acturis

First job? Grocery assistant at Safeway, now Morrisons.

Dream holiday? Snowboarding with the family, with the option of cycling thrown in.

All-time favourite DVD box set? 24 – a great way to lose 24 hours of your life.

Who have you never worked with that you’d like to? Gordon Ramsay, so I wouldn’t be the blunt one.

Food heaven/food hell? Heaven – crème caramel. Hell – courgettes.

Sport: watching or playing? Playing. Cycling, keeps me fit and allows life’s indulgences.


If you were a biscuit what would you be and why? Tunnocks Caramel Wafer, reminds me of childhood.

Your house is on fire, what do you rescue? After the family it would have to be the dog.

You couldn’t make it up

The Great British Bake Off is over and Candice Brown was crowned 2016 champion. But it wasn’t just Brown who was trying to improve the nation’s Victoria sponge. During the weeks the show was on our TV screens, accidental damage claims for oven and cooker incidents, rose by over 15% in 2015, according to Ageas. Mary Berry definitely inspires people to try new things in the kitchen, but Ageas’ figures suggest that “the Bake Off could be giving rise to more than new baking creations”. Despite this trend, Ageas said that the overall number of accidental damage claims has been sliced by 58% since 2013.


The best weekend of the year has come and gone – the one where we are all rewarded with an extra hour to snuggle up in bed. However, according to disturbing research by Insure The Box, the risk of young drivers having an accident in the four weeks following the clocks changing increases by 10%, coinciding with their first experiences of driving in the dark. The company further suggests stopping the Autumn clock change. At Insurance Age we fail to see an immediate connection as we’re sure young people, who also enjoy sleeping, will drive in the dark during winter either way. 

And finally, where did you sleep last night? A survey published in the Daily Mail has found that bankers and brokers are professions that are most likely to cheat on their partners. The paper reported that those in financial services are top of the list when it comes to affairs closely followed by pilots, doctors and nurses. People said the best place to find a partner in crime was at work. Unsurprisingly, the survey also revealed that still having to work with someone following the end of a covert relationship was the worst thing about a workplace affair. Meanwhile, another survey revealed that those with a nine in their age were most likely to stray. The analysts suggested that those aged 29, 39, 49 or 59 are more likely to make life-changing decisions as they approach a milestone birthday. J’accuse! 

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