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Protecting you and your business since 1975.

About Us

Our History

When Ian Frank Micklethwaite first launched an independent insurance broker in Sheffield it was founded on the premise that it would always put its clients first.

Over 45 years later, whilst IFM has grown into one of the largest brokers in South Yorkshire, that philosophy of always putting the client first remains at the core of everything it does.

The company's aim has remained to provide the highest possible levels of quality, professionalism and service, to both new and existing clients, a reputation it has rightly earned and is fiercely proud of.

Chartered Status

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has awarded the prestigious title ‘Chartered Insurance Broker’ to IFM Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Chartered status is awarded exclusively to brokers that satisfy a comprehensive list of criteria. This includes a thorough assessment of its policies, a dedication to continual professional development and a commitment to raise the standards of professional knowledge and ethical practice throughout the business.

As a Chartered Insurance Broker, IFM is committed to the CII’s Code of Ethics, reinforcing the highest standards of professional practice in our business dealings with customers.


IFM is a member of Brokerbility, a group of similarly ethically and professionally minded brokers. This means IFM has comprehensive access to, and high service levels from, its insurer partners, allowing IFM to give its clients the level of service and protection they need and deserve.

A Message from Mark Barlow

'At IFM we have strong, highly qualified and professional staff all keen to fulfil the company’s philosophy which is to put our customers first at all times. To seek the best and most appropriate cover and ultimately, in a highly commoditised world, provide a personal, first class insurance broking and claims service.

It is our belief that strong, trusting relationships with our clients and insurer providers alike is the foundation to understanding cover requirements, and finding the right solutions.'

"Gripple Ltd is a high tech manufacturing company which has developed award winning products in the fields of construction, agriculture and viticulture. Gripple export over 85% of its production worldwide. Loadhog Ltd is an award winning manufacturing company, reducing waste and providing environmentally friendly solutions to the logistics and supply chain industries. Our group insurance requirements are therefore comprehensive. IFM Insurance Brokers Ltd continue to provide both businesses with an unbroken service in this field. We have been delighted with their professionalism throughout."

Hugh D. Facey, Executive Chairman - Gripple Ltd

"IFM Insurance Brokers Ltd saved our business from going under following a large fire loss at our factory in 2013. We couldn’t have dealt directly with the insurer ourselves and even if we could, it was almost certain that our claim would have been turned down. We have always relied on the professionalism of IFM to ensure our insurance cover meets the demands of the business. They ensured that our insurance policy performed exactly as you would expect when you make a claim."

Tony McNeill, Managing Director - Antiquity GRP Ltd

"IFM have looked after us for many years, we cannot fault their efficient and attentive service"

Richard Beres, Partner - S.Béres & Son

"Doorpac has worked with a number of insurance providers in the past and found the solutions offered by IFM to be the most competitive, whilst being supported by excellent customer service. IFM continues to be our insurance provider and their understanding of our business has helped us expand over the last three years.”"

Michael Jenkinson, Director - Doorpac Ltd

"We have worked with IFM for nearly 3 years and have developed a great working relationship. In addition to the routine annual reviews they provide year round ad hoc support to ensure we are fully covered whenever our business needs change. Their professional and friendly team are always at hand to answer any queries which means that we can continue concentrating on the running of our business knowing that our insurance needs are fully taken care of."

Claire Curl, Finance Director - Flynn

"We use IFM insurance because they seem to have struck a balance between care and capability"

Robert Rusling, Director - Ackroyd & Abbott

"IFM insurance have provided the service we’re seeking. We constantly receive unsolicited phone calls from other companies/brokers offering to quote for their services, but I wouldn’t consider changing from IFM insurance. Their personal touch and one to one approach is tailored specifically to my business needs and isn’t an off the shelf package. Their advice is valuable and yet can still save you time and money. They look at the whole market and get you the very best deal available, based on all aspects of your business."

John Illingworth, Director - Yorkshire Bridge Inn

"We have received an excellent all round service from IFM Insurance for over 25 years. Their sound advice gives me confidence in recommending their services to others"

Stephen Monfredi, Director - Montys