A PROPERTY agency with offices in Huddersfield has launched a new property insurance division.

Eddisons Insurance Services Ltd will provide property insurance and risk management services and is fully regulated by the Financial Services Authority in respect of insurance mediation activities.

Eddisons, which has offices at New North Road in Huddersfield, already arranges insurance protection for more than £1.5bn of commercial assets on behalf of financial institutions and private clients.

The new division is headed by Nick Towns (pictured), formerly of insurance broking firms Marsh and Oxygen.

He said: “By consolidating insurance arrangements with a major insurer, our substantial buying power provides a platform for our clients to benefit from highly competitive premiums and a breadth of cover which is not widely available in the market.

“We believe our new proposition will appeal to both major investors and clients with modest portfolios.”

The firm says it will work closely with clients who have vacant properties and are being affected by both vacant property rates and increased insurance premiums at restricted cover.

Mr Towns said: “Clients with vacant properties are being hit particularly hard.

“We can now provide a completely integrated solution covering insurance, risk management and rating advice which is not typically available through a conventional insurance broker.”

Eddisons Insurance Services is already working on a number of high profile instructions, including the vacant Bonding Warehouse in York, which has recently been put up for sale.

Nigel McDonald, managing director of Eddisons, said: ‘The insurance division provides a natural fit within the group.

“We now provide clients with a comprehensive range of services through the life cycle of a property including acquisition, property management, valuations, building surveying, rating, landlord and tenant and disposal.”