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IFM loses one of its family...David Niven

The sad news reached us over the Christmas and New Year period that one of IFM's old stalwarts had sadly passed away after a short Illness.

David Niven who was 88, worked for the firm for a number of years at the end of his insurance career, before retiring to spend time with his wife Betty. A career insurance man David hailed from the South West and had posts in Plymouth and Swindon with a number of insurers most latterly with the old Commercial Union.

He eventually moved north and took up the role of Branch Manager at the Commercial Union in Sheffield, a post he held with tremendous distinction for a number of years. He later went on to work in the broker market eventually running his own brokerage before finally joining IFM as his last role in the profession he loved. Although not a native of the city, he very much became a 'local' and he enjoyed the great outdoors and walking in the Peak District in particular.

David was very old school, a traditionalist, a true gentleman as befitted his generation. He was a constant source of good advice and wisdom to generations of would be insurance people both within the company and broker markets.

His cheery demeanour and ready wit were the hallmarks of his natural charm and the foundation of the way he dealt with clients and colleagues alike. He leaves his daughter Janet, son in law Tim and grandson Peter.  For any anyone wishing to pay their respects, David's funeral will take place on Thursday 16th January at 2.00pm at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium in Sheffield.

David kept in regular touch with colleagues at IFM right to the end, attending lunches and work functions whenever possible. He remained genuinely interested in the success of the firm and all the staff and he continued to offer pearls of wisdom and support whenever he could. He will be sorely missed.

RIP David

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We would like to inform our customers that the office will be closing at 12pm today Friday 13th for our annual staff Christmas lunch.

If you require urgent assistance then you can speak to your usual contact on their mobile number.

Alternatively please leave a message on the main office number 0114 268 4606 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will deal with your enquiry on Monday 16th December.

Many thanks and an early Merry Christmas!

IFM are delighted to announce the arrival to the team of Chris Dent and Ryan Batham who have joined us as Commercial Account Executives.

 

These locally born and bred Account Executives come with many years experience working in the local market and will be well known to many in the area. Their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to offer a first class broking solution to local businesses will further enhance our existing team. They are both excited to provide the South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire business communities with a fresh, innovative and professional approach to managing their insurance requirements.

 

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 Chris Dent       

IFM's Managing Director, Mark Barlow added "Chris and Ryan are a key part of our growth strategy for the business. Them coming onboard is a commitment to our goal to remain the number one commercial insurance broker in the area. Their appointments are for the long term and we see their involvement in the future development of the firm in the coming years as crucial. It is rare to be able to attract people of their calibre these days so we are thrilled they have both decided to join and help us towards our long term aims"

 

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 Ryan Batham

 

Welcome Chris and Ryan to the IFM team.

 

If you need help and practical, professional advice, please contact us on 0114 2684606 for a complete review of your current arrangements.

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Just a reminder to all our clients we are closed this coming Monday 26th

Enjoy the extended wekkend the forecast is for a very untypical UK bank holiday, weather wise at least

 

We will re-open as normal on Tuesday at 9.00am

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Hiscox Insurance have today issued a warning to customers concerning a  new computer flaw, identified by Microsoft as 'CVE-2019-0708', that affects some older versions of Microsoft Windows.

Vulnerable systems at risk include; Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003 and Windows XP and the flaw is believed to potentially effect over 1 million devices.

If you use any of the above operating systems, Hiscox warn this vulnerability may pose a significant risk to your computer systems. This type of vulnerability could propagate from computer to computer by replicating copies of itself without the need for a host program or human interaction.

A good example of a similar vulnerability is the WannaCry malware that spread across the globe in 2017, infecting over 200,000 computers in a couple of days.

Hiscox issue recommended action

Microsoft has released an update which fixes the vulnerability and strongly advises that all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible.

You can find more information on the vulnerability and download the security update from Microsoft’s website: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2019-0708 *

This news update is part of Hiscox commitment to helping brokers and their customers reduce their cyber risk, and they welcome you sharing this communication following Microsoft’s advice.

If you have any questions about this vulnerability or how to apply the update, you will need to contact your preferred IT service provider.

 

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