Artex Steps Forward to St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Welcome to St. Peter Port, Guernsey
The second stop on our walk around the world.
We’ve reached our second milestone! | St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Reached Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Our Guernsey team steps up to the challenge.
Artex Steps Forward has arrived at our second milestone—Guernsey! This small channel island is located between England and France, and is famous for its cowherds, who produce ridiculously rich dairy products. Only 12 miles long and 30 square miles in land area, the island is also home to the second largest tidal range in the world, which creates a beautiful and ever-changing landscape.
One of the country’s most popular landmarks is The Little Chapel, believed to be the smallest consecrated church in the world and famous for its lovely mosaic tiles. For a family friendly activity, we recommend building your own mosaic tile artwork. Here is a tutorial for beginners; another one for garden enthusiasts; and one for the more advanced.
No stranger to doing good work for their community, the Guernsey team is proud of the charitable work that they’ve done over the years. On an annual basis, their charitable committee votes and selects one single charity to support for the year, and then organizes a number of events to help raise funds. This year it’s Les Bourgs Hospice.
Our Guernsey office is led by Peter Child, who is head of European Operations and managing director of Guernsey—we’ll cover our other European offices as our journey continues. Peter is responsible for a team of 60, who provide services that enable third parties to run their own licensed insurance vehicles. The team specializes in multinational captives, cell captives, ILS, commercial carriers and pension longevity structures.
We asked Peter about his most rewarding experience in his role, and he said, “Working with a client UK law firm to set up a unique insurance structure that enabled them to fulfil their requirements in an efficient way, while establishing long-term partnerships. Any opportunity to work in a trusted advisor status is almost always rewarding.”
If you’re on the island and looking for Peter, you most likely will find him sea swimming. “At this time of the year, the sea around Guernsey is at a bearable temperature, and the opportunity to dive in and wash away the stresses and strains of the day is just fantastic,” states Peter. “I find that it also offers a very different perspective on the island which I enjoy.”
In addition to our alternative risk solutions, we also have a brokerage team in Guernsey—Heritage Insurance Brokers C.I. Limited, or HIBCI for short. Led by Grant Mitchenall, his team specializes in offshore corporate and financial services sectors, providing tailored insurance solutions. Artex expanded their European footprint in 2014 with the purchase of Heritage Insurance Management (HIM) from Guernsey-headquartered Heritage Group. With the acquisition of their insurance brokerage team in early 2019, it’s like we’ve come full circle.
While Guernsey locals are often referred to as donkeys due to their stubborn nature, Grant takes this as a positive. His team is dedicated to providing the best solutions for financial risks, commercial, property owners and private clients. We asked Grant about his best piece of advice for people entering the world of insurance, and he said, “Listen and learn. Someone always knows more than you, often from an unexpected source. Absorb that knowledge, and try your best to pass it along.”
For our global challenge, Grant is planning on doing a combination of walking and cycling to benefit Les Bourgs Hospice and a local breast cancer charity, both of which he has supported for a long time. He’s completed the London Ride 100 twice, and five times he’s finished the Les Bourgs 30-in-30, doing 30 miles every day for 30 days.
Guernsey is also home to Nick Heys, who runs the International division of Artex. Originally from the UK, Nick moved to Guernsey in 1994 and has more than 40 years in the insurance industry. After joining Artex in 2014 through the acquisition of Heritage Insurance Management, Nick has led our international operations and has been instrumental in strengthening our business, leading a total of six mergers and acquisitions.
When we asked Nick to tell us about his funniest client story, he shared this: “Charlie Allen (now executive chairman of Artex Guernsey) sent me an email in the early days on winning some business just saying “yabba dabba doo” (from “The Flintstones”) and inadvertently copied in the client. A day later the client responded to me, “Interesting use of language. Is that some colloquial Guernsey term?!”
In his spare time, you’ll find Nick walking the family dog and enjoying time with his wife, children and grandchildren. One of his favorite parts of the island is the post box in Union Street, St. Peter Port. It is the oldest cast-iron pillar box still in use anywhere in the British Isles. It is easily recognizable because it’s the only red post box in the whole of Guernsey. All the others are painted blue.
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