Time is ticking: What should firms be doing now to prepare for the SM&CR?

The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) deadline is fast approaching and the new regulation comes into force from 9 December 2019 for all FCA solo regulated firms. With Senior Management Functions replacing Controlled Functions, there are a range of additional and enhanced responsibilities and expectations that firms and their…

Fantasy Football News from our in-house pundit Lee “Unbiased” Taylor

What a start to the new football season! Sheffield United are closing on the top four, it’s 2016 all over again for Leicester and Liverpool are walking away with the league, or should I say VAR are gifting them the League…. Much like Arsenal and Man United, I have been…

The Stride Underwriting Fantasy Football Broker League is back – enter your team for the new season by 9 August

The Premier League new season starts on Friday 9 August, which means that it is time to enter your team into the Stride Underwriting Broker League. There are monthly prizes for the Manager of the Month, and of course the season reaches its climax when we present the top prize…

Stride Underwriting strengthens partnership with Hiscox

Hiscox launched their first Property Owners policy exclusively to Stride Underwriting brokers in December 2018. Both parties have recently conducted a review of the business written since launch and are now looking to extend and develop the partnership. The acceptance criteria has now expanded to include properties valued up to…

Senior Managers and Certification Regime Q & A with Dilys Gale – Stride Underwriting’s Compliance & Audit Manager

SMCR – what insurance brokers need to know – part two What is the SM & CR? SM & CR is a logical way of defining the accountability of individual manager or director in your brokerage and replaces the FCA “Approved Persons” regime known as APER. In addition, the SM…

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SMCR – what insurance brokers need to know. Part One

Following the financial crash in 2008 the Government introduced new rules, which resulted in the introduction of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR). From December 2019 these rules apply to insurance brokers.
This is the first of a three-part article giving brokers tips on how to implement the new regime in their brokerage.

New HMO rules take effect from the 1st October – are your landlord clients ready?

Recent years have seen an uptick in investor interest in houses of multiple occupation (HMOs), such as the student housing sector. Where investment goes regulation is sure to follow: this October will see significant changes including a new definition of an HMO and the permitted occupancy rate for smaller bedrooms. A new…