Rural Insurer Boosts Somerset Team

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Two new Insurance Inspectors have been recruited in Somerset by regional firm Cornish Mutual, following increased demand for specialist agricultural insurance advice.

Meeting and working with our Members face-to-face is absolutely the best part of the job, it's definitely not nine-to-five and I'll often help them in the evenings and out-of-hours. Many farmers are busy during the day, so they appreciate the contact when it suits them. I really enjoy meeting new people and I'm looking forward to developing those relationships.

Andy Grossey and Joff von Tyszka have recently joined the South West-based company and will look after Members across the county, boosting the insurer's presence in Somerset.

Cornish Mutual, which has offices in Exeter and Truro, now has a team of four Insurance Inspectors in Somerset and is looking to increase its business, build its membership and raise more awareness of the company's work there.

Andy (42) is based in Ilminster and looks after East Somerset including areas such as Yeovil, Somerton, Langport and Chard, as well as most of the A303 corridor. He also runs a mixed 80-acre farm with 2,500 pigs and around 30 pedigree Texel sheep.

Andy has worked in the farmers insurance sector in Somerset for more than 15 years and was previously linked with Cornish Mutual through his work as a loss adjuster handling agricultural claims. He has three young children (all young farmers) and enjoys showing his prize-winning sheep in his spare time.

Commenting on his role, Andy said, "Being a farmer gives me a real insight into the agricultural sector for my work with Cornish Mutual. As a result, I have a much better understanding of the needs of our Members. For me, the company is all about 'service' and that's what sets Cornish Mutual apart. It has a great ethos of putting its Members first and the whole business is geared around them."

He added: "Meeting and working with our Members face-to-face is absolutely the best part of the job, it's definitely not nine-to-five and I'll often help them in the evenings and out-of-hours. Many farmers are busy during the day, so they appreciate the contact when it suits them. I really enjoy meeting new people and I'm looking forward to developing those relationships."

Joff von Tyszka (42) is based in Taunton and looks after West and South West Somerset taking in Taunton up to Minehead and down to Tiverton. Andy and Joff previously worked together before joining Cornish Mutual. Joff, who is married with two young sons, has worked in the agricultural and commercial insurance sector for 25 years.

Joff said: "I want to help contribute to Cornish Mutual becoming the local, rural insurer of choice and the first choice for people in Somerset. Having local Insurance Inspectors on the ground makes a real difference and I think that Members appreciate having someone locally they know they can contact and rely on at anytime.

"A good reputation is built on recommendation and word-of-mouth and I think that's why Cornish Mutual is so successful. Getting good service is pretty rare these days and generally if you find good service, you tend to stick with it so I'm confident we'll be able to grow further into Somerset."

Alan Goddard, Managing Director for Cornish Mutual added: "We're really pleased to welcome Andy and Joff to the team - they've both worked at a senior level within the farm insurance industry for many years and bring a wealth of experience. Our Members are central to everything we do and I've every confidence Andy and Joff will further strengthen our existing team of local Insurance Inspectors in Somerset."

For further information, please contact:
Mark Worden | Cornish Mutual | 01872 277151

Notes for editors:
Founded by a group of Westcountry farmers in 1903, Cornish Mutual is the only general insurer based in the South West. Even today, the company is still owned by its Members, and remains at the heart of rural communities throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Although staying true to its origins in agriculture (around two thirds of Cornwall's farmers are Members), Cornish Mutual now provides household, buy to let property insurance, commercial, events, holiday home insurance and farm insurance to Members of all descriptions, living or working throughout the South West countryside.

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