The fourth annual SEIB Insurance Brokers Awards took place at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire on the 8th September. The much anticipated £43,000 SEIB Charity Awards which granted precious funds to 10 small and medium sized charities were a main focus of the event. Following rounds of nominations and then a final vote by the customers of SEIB, Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare was granted a cheque for £2,000.
SEIB’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Suzy Middleton and Chief Operations Officer, Bipin Thaker presented the cheque for £2,000 and a commemorative plaque to Jo Snell and Sally Crawford of Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare. Nine other charities reached the final voting stage of the SEIB Charity Awards and received a further £41,000 from SEIB between them. The final vote for the top 10 charities was limited to clients of SEIB.
On collecting the prize on behalf of Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare, Executive Director of Engagement and Income Generation, Sally Crawford said: “On behalf of the charity I am so grateful to SEIB for this cheque which will go a long way to support the mistreated and neglected equines we care for. We’re entirely publicly funded so it’s thanks to the generosity of supporters like yourselves that we can continue to fund our equine rescue and welfare work during what has truly been a difficult time.”
Suzy Middleton said: “I am so very proud that at SEIB, with the support of our owners, Ecclesiastical, we are in a position for our profits to go to good causes. To be able to support and make a difference to the futures of some of those that have had endured bleak times over the past eighteen months is heart-warming.”
The SEIB Charity Awards have strict entry criteria; only small and medium charities are eligible. In light of the many and often overwhelming demands placed on charities by Covid-19, for the second year running, any money granted by SEIB can be used as the charity sees fit and to cover running costs for the charity. In previous years the grant had to be awarded for a specific project. SEIB introduced this flexibility into the awards to ensure that the money granted will really make a difference.
The general public nominated their favourite charities in the first stage of the decision-making process for the 2021 SEIB Charity Awards before SEIB clients went on to have the final vote for the top 10 placings and the recipient of the £10,000 top prize. The Charities Trust provided SEIB with their help to carry out due diligence to ensure that each of the finalists met all criteria of the grant and are above board. SEIB works closely with the charitable sector and insures many charities and non-for-profit organisations, this has been enhanced through the recent purchase by SEIB of leading independent ethical broker, WRS Insurance Brokers.
SEIB has supported many charities that are close to the hearts of their customers for many years. SEIB’s Deputy Chairman, Barry Fehler said: “We have taken this opportunity to celebrate excellence within the industries we operate in. We are proud to be able to support these three different sectors that have felt the effects of the pandemic and provide some recognition of outstanding efforts within the charitable, funeral and equestrian industries. We are delighted that our customers have decided which of these very worthy causes should receive the grant. SEIB is so successful because we are totally customer focussed and this is another way that our clients can have their say”.
The other finalist charities were; The Horse Trust, Epsom Riding for the Disabled, Children’s Heart Unit Fund, Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Missing People, Me&dee, SiMBA, Proteus Reptile Trust and World Horse Welfare.
Giving is embedded in the culture of SEIB. From supporting grass roots competition that gives opportunities to amateur riders that they could only otherwise dream about, right through to the company’s unwavering loyalty to promoting nationwide equine welfare. Whilst SEIB is an independent broker, the company is owned by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group that is in turn owned by the charity Allchurches Trust.