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 are the leading the field in the areas of Nursery insurance, Removals and Storage insurance, Self-Storage insurance, and we are the world’s largest provider of Tank Container insurance.

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.

We are proud to hold the prestigious title of ‘Chartered Insurance Broker’

Chartered status is an exclusive title only awarded to firms which meet rigorous criteria relating to professionalism and capability. All Chartered Insurance Brokers commit to the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Code of Ethics, reinforcing the highest standards of professional practice in their business dealings.

“The quality of what we do has always been the most significant priority for our business. To achieve this recognition is wonderful. Our staff work very hard to maintain their professional development and I am very proud that through their efforts our clients can be confident of the appropriateness of the advice and service we provide.” Kevin Collins, Managing Director.

Chartered status is the industry’s gold standard for insurance brokers and is currently met by fewer than 200 firms across the country.

Why you should use a firm of Chartered Insurance Brokers?

Chartered status brings with it serious obligations. We are required to ensure that advice, service and on going support we provide to you is:

  • Of the highest quality
  • Based solely on your researched needs
  • Provided by someone operating within their level of competency.

We meet our obligations in a number of ways:

  • A commitment to the technical and professional development of staff, such as through professional qualifications
  • All staff members who deal with clients belong to the industry’s professional body, the CII, and adhere to its Code of Ethics, which is enforced through disciplinary sanctions.
  • We adhere to the CII’s continuing professional development requirements, ensuring our staff keep their knowledge and skill-set up-to-date.

Our awards

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