SCOTTISH Pleasant’s new chief government Stephan McGee has underlined his confidence within the prospects for the financial savings and life insurance coverage specialist and mentioned it might use acquisitions to speed up development.
Mr McGee took cost of the Glasgow-based mutual final week after holding senior positions at monetary providers heavyweights corresponding to Lloyds Banking Group and Aegon UK.
He took up the appointment following a yr wherein Scottish Pleasant made progress within the face of challenges.
The society’s former chief government Jim Galbraith handed away in April final yr. Monetary providers sector veteran Martin Pringle turned performing chief government. Monetary providers corporations had to answer risky market situations amid the fallout from the pandemic.
Nevertheless Scottish Pleasant grew gross sales and member numbers to file ranges, of £46.9m and 776,000 respectively, final yr.
Mr McGee is assured it will possibly make additional progress.
He reckons it’s effectively positioned to compete in a market that’s set to develop strongly in coming years as folks tare required to take better accountability for saving for his or her futures.
The agency markets own-branded financial savings merchandise and sells life insurance coverage through companions. It additionally administers books of insurance coverage enterprise acquired from others.
Whereas the corporate faces plenty of competitors, Mr McGee famous it serves a wider vary of consumers than some larger fish.
“We aren’t competing with companies that want to seize excessive web price clients,” mentioned Mr McGee. “We offer services for the entire inhabitants.”
For instance, he famous that financial savings clients are required to pay in solely comparatively small month-to-month quantities into their accounts.
Mr McGee mentioned he believed strongly that the very fact Scottish Pleasant is a mutual owned by its members labored to the advantage of the agency and people members. It may well make investments for the long run and take into consideration the best way to meet the wants of consumers over their lifetimes with out having to fret concerning the calls for that is likely to be made by shareholders.
The agency started life in 1862 because the Metropolis of Glasgow Pleasant Society, providing funeral and illness profit plans to decrease earnings households.
Mr McGee mentioned he has not set targets when it comes to development in gross sales and buyer numbers however expects Scottish Pleasant to take a position closely in merchandise and repair supply to assist it make additional progress on each measures.
Scottish Pleasant might use strategic acquisitions to hurry development.
Concerning potential targets, Mr McGee mentioned: “I’ve some concepts however there’s nothing we’re engaged on right now.”
Scottish Pleasant acquired an enormous e-book of life and pensions insurance policies from Canada Life in 2019.
Mr McGee mentioned Scottish Pleasant is prone to create jobs if its development push is profitable. It employs round 235 folks in Glasgow .