Our business is built on 30 years of experience. We are proud of our heritage.

Our history

In 1988 Allan Pound was an insurance broker at Lloyd’s of London and Ivan Gates was a freight forwarding agent in Felixstowe.

Based on a long-standing business friendship they decided to start a new business together, Pound Gates Group, based in Ipswich. The Group included Pound Gates & Co Ltd, an insurance broker with a specialism in marine and transit risks.

The Group also included Sevatas, a business focused on the finished vehicle logistics sector. Sevatas is now the European leader in the provision of risk management, claims and damage reduction solutions to the finished vehicle logistics sector.

Kevin Collins took over Pound Gates in 2002, and has led the business through a period of significant growth based on a strong focus on its specialisms.

In 2010 the Group de-merged creating independence for each business supporting further focus and investment in their activity and client sectors. In 2017, a new business, Contior was established to provide motor engineering services.


Today, Pound Gates is a prominent commercial and corporate broker serving London and the East of England. Nationally, we specialise in the areas of Nursery insuranceRemovals and Storage insuranceSelf-Storage insurance, Tank Container insurance and Media insurance.

Chartered Insurance Broker

We are proud to hold the prestigious title of Chartered Insurance Broker. Chartered status is an objective mark of professional standing among all professionals. It is awarded to firms who can demonstrate commitment to developing knowledge, enhancing capability and maintaining ethical standards. Click here for more information.

Doing Good

We balance the desire for business success with the needs of the wider communities in which we are active and upon which we have an impact. By combining the resources of the businesses throughout the UK and Europe we have over 100 staff in multiple locations “doing good” in their communities.

The businesses also have a wide range of clients and suppliers, who we see as a crucial part of the resources and raising awareness that can help us achieve our “Doing Good” goals. Click here to visit our dedicated Community site.

Our charity

In 2015, The Pound Gates Group of companies established The Soma Leo Foundation, a small charity that provides education and support to disadvantaged communities in east Africa. We currently do this through our own school, The Soma Leo Academy, in Nyiera, Kenya and by supporting other schools in nearby Osieko. Click here to visit the dedicated Soma Leo site.

Our awards

Insurance Age Awards 2019

FINALIST – Schemes Broker of the Year

Compass Networks Select 2019

WINNER – Broker of the Year

Best Eastern Employers Awards 2016

WINNER – Best Overall Company

Insurance Times Awards 2015

FINALIST – Training, Excellence & Impact

UK Broker Awards 2015

FINALIST – Investment in People

EADT Business Awards 2015

WINNER – Corporate Social Responsibility

Insurance Times Awards 2014

FINALIST – Training, Excellence & Impact

UK Broker Awards 2014

FINALIST – Chartered Broker of the Year Award

EADT Business Awards 2014

FINALIST – Community Involvement

British Insurance Awards 2014

FINALIST – Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year

Insurance Times Awards 2013

Finalist – Commercial Lines Broker of the Year

Insurance Times Awards 2013

FINALIST – Training Programme of the Year – Broker

UK Broker Awards 2013

FINALIST – Chartered Broker of the Year

CIR Awards 2013

FINALIST – Commercial Lines Broker of the Year

Best Employers Eastern Region Awards 2012

WINNER – Best Overall Company