The County Group acquires Arthur Marsh & Son

Arthur Marsh & Son (Birmingham) Limited is a £4.5m GWP broker with offices in Birmingham and South West Wales.

The County Group are pleased to announce that we have acquired Arthur Marsh & Son (Birmingham) Limited – trading as “Arthur Marsh” – on March 1st 2017.

The business was founded in 2004 so has been established 12 years. There are fourteen staff, with the largest branch located in Birmingham and a smaller branch located in South West Wales.

Arthur Marsh is predominately a commercial insurance broker with over 1250 clients.

Arthur Marsh provide the full range of commercial and personal lines insurance with a proactive sales and marketing approach, with particular expertise in some niche sectors. This has resulted in consistent organic growth since formation.

The vendors Mark Farren and Sharon Farren will continue to run Arthur Marsh post acquisition as part of The County Group. All existing staff and premises will also remain the same.

With the acquisition of Arthur Marsh, The County Group now controls GWP of £70m.

Dave Clapp, CEO of The County Group, commented:

“Hot on the heels of our Thompson Brothers purchase last month, I’m delighted to welcome another fantastic brokerage to The County Group.

Mark, Sharon and their team at Arthur Marsh are hugely impressive. They are very innovative, hungry for new business yet look after their existing clients extremely well. The retention rate and policy count per client is one of the best we have come across.

Arthur Marsh are a perfect fit for The County Group, and having met with Mark many times, from the initial discussions, through to the offer and due diligence process, his team and customer base are well suited to us.

I know Mark is keen to continue to grow Arthur Marsh for many years to come, and I have no doubt with Mark and his team’s skills, that they will do so. We’re on hand to assist with any compliance or marketing assistance, and we can now offer a wider portfolio of schemes and insurers to their existing customers.

I’d like to warmly welcome them to The County Group and I’m really excited to be working with them moving forward.”

Mark Farren, Managing Director of Arthur Marsh, comments:

“Arthur Marsh are really pleased to announce our acquisition by The County Group, this is a really exciting development for the company, our staff and clients. We now have the opportunity to grow the two offices, and enter new markets where our track record of success and sustainability will allow us to build further.”

We have built up an excellent business here at Arthur Marsh, and with the added benefits and support that The County Group will be able to offer, we can move the business forward to its next stage.

Our management team, staff, locations and position within the insurance industry will remain unchanged and no doubt we will continue to excel with the added support of Dave Clapp and his management team at The County Group."