Post Office delivers 75 insurance jobs to Glasgow

Fergus Ewing MSP welcomed the Post Office jobs news. Picture: TSPL
Fergus Ewing MSP welcomed the Post Office jobs news. Picture: TSPL
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GROWING demand for the Post Office’s range of travel insurance products has prompted the firm to launch a new division that will create 75 jobs in Glasgow over the coming months.

The company said that establishing the division, called Post Office Management Services, would help it expand its range of travel cover “to suit the needs of today’s travellers”.

Nick Kennett, chief executive of the business, said: “We have chosen Glasgow as the centre for our plans to allow us to have the ability to grow our business and continue to maintain the high levels of service that our customers expect and demand from us.”

The roles will be based at the Atlantic Quay business district and Kennett said that more jobs are planned for later in the year as the company seeks to become the “number one provider in this market”.

The plans were welcomed by Fergus Ewing, minister for business, energy and tourism, who said: “The insurance and financial services sector has long been recognised as one of Scotland’s strengths, given the skills and experience of our workforce.”

In a separate move, insurance and financial adviser McHardy & Borland has opened an office at Rutland Square in Edinburgh, which will initially accommodate 12 employees.

Chief executive Ross Smith said the group, which has other offices in Aberdeen and Kirkcaldy, expects to add more jobs later this year.

“Opening a new office in the heart of Edinburgh is essential in our long-term growth plans and will enable us to accelerate further growth,” Smith said.

“The expansion marks a significant point in the group’s growth, whilst also strengthening our presence in the Central Belt and creating further employment opportunities.”

l International law firm Kennedys has established a presence in Scotland by opening offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and recruiting solicitors Frank Gill and Rory Jackson.

Jackson joins from McClure Naismith, while Gill brings with him his team from commercial litigation firm Francis Gill & Co, where he was principal. Growing demand for the Post Office’s range of travel insurance products has prompted the firm to launch a new division that will create 75 jobs in Glasgow over the coming months.

The company said that establishing the division, called Post Office Management Services, would help it expand its range of travel cover “to suit the needs of today’s travellers”.

Nick Kennett, chief executive of the business, said: “We have chosen Glasgow as the centre for our plans to allow us to have the ability to grow our business and continue to maintain the high levels of service that our customers expect and demand from us.”

The roles will be based at the Atlantic Quay business district and Kennett said that more jobs are planned for later in the year as the company seeks to become the “number one provider in this market”.

The plans were welcomed by Fergus Ewing, minister for business, energy and tourism, who said: “The insurance and financial services sector has long been recognised as one of Scotland’s strengths, given the skills and experience of our workforce.”

In a separate move, insurance and financial adviser McHardy & Borland has opened an office at Rutland Square in Edinburgh, which will initially accommodate 12 employees.

Chief executive Ross Smith said the group, which has other offices in Aberdeen and Kirkcaldy, expects to add more jobs later this year.

“Opening a new office in the heart of Edinburgh is essential in our long-term growth plans and will enable us to accelerate further growth,” Smith said.

“The expansion marks a significant point in the group’s growth, whilst also strengthening our presence in the Central Belt and creating further employment opportunities.”

• International law firm Kennedys has established a presence in Scotland by opening offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow and recruiting solicitors Frank Gill and Rory Jackson.

Jackson joins from McClure Naismith, while Gill brings with him his team from commercial litigation firm Francis Gill & Co, where he was principal.