Business

Insurance office expansion leads to creation of 12 jobs

From left - Colin Atkinson, managing director at AB&C Insurance; Karen Jennings, business manager at Danske Bank’s south business centre and Joan Mulholland, associate director at AB&C Insurance

LURGAN-based AB&C Insurance has completed a major renovation scheme at its William Street head office, doubling in size to 5,000 sq ft in a move that has led to the creation of a dozen full-time jobs.

Founded in 1971, AB&C is a family run insurance firm with a current staff of 25 at five offices in Dungannon, Lurgan, Banbridge, Lisburn and Belfast.

The company has received significant funding by Danske Bank, which has been a key supporter of the business for more than a decade and which has helped AB&C Insurance to buy and renovate office space as part of its growth plans.

Colin Atkinson, managing director at AB&C Insurance said: “Over the past decade we have transformed a number of properties across Northern Ireland.

“We have recently completed the renovation of our head office, extending our existing building into the vacant property next door. The building has been empty for a number of years so not only have we created a new head office for ourselves, we’ve also transformed a property which was a bit of an eyesore on the main street.”

He added: “We are always looking at opportunities to open additional offices across the country. We’re not looking at one region in particular, but if a good opportunity comes up, we’ll always think about the possibilities of expanding the business.”

Karen Jennings, business manager at Danske Bank’s south business centre, said: “We've been working with Colin and his team for a number of years, supporting the growth of the business and rejuvenating vacated office space. Our relationship over the past decade has been strengthened by Colin’s ambition to grow and willingness to invest in the business.”

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