Covéa Insurance Receives Award for Community Aid

20th September

James Reader (second right) receives the awardCovéa Insurance has been presented with an award by the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) in recognition of the support it has given the Foundation’s Flood Fund and Flood Save schemes, to help victims of last year’s winter storms and floods.

Calder Valley was one of the country’s worst affected areas and employees at Covéa Insurance’s West Yorkshire office in Halifax were acutely aware of the difficulties and suffering that local people were experiencing at that time.  In response, they set about raising funds, which were channelled through the CFFC for distribution to those most in need.

Many Covéa Insurance employees, including the firm’s chief executive, gave up their time to help with the huge clean up that followed after the waters subsided. Cake bakes, dress down days, and sponsored sporting events were held in a wave of solidarity as people rallied to help, raising over £10,000 in the process.

Accepting the special recognition award, at the CFFC’s 25th anniversary gala dinner, Covéa Insurance’s chief executive, James Reader, said:

“The whole community pulled together to respond to the devastating effects of Storm Eva, and we were fortunate that we were in a position to help. We’re very grateful to receive this award, but for me personally, and I’m sure for the team at Covéa Insurance, the greatest reward is knowing that we’ve made a difference and been able to support the Calderdale community, which we’re so proud to be part of. I’d particularly like to give thanks to the Foundation for its invaluable work supporting our community and to our kind, generous and hardworking team.”

Emma Woods-Bolger from the Community Foundation commented;  

“Businesses in Calderdale have played a pivotal role in the Foundation’s 25 year history, without the support of local businesses we could not award over £1m every year to local charities, community groups and individuals in crisis.

Most recently, Covéa Insurance staff have supported some of our most challenging and life changing work, the money they raised went directly to people who were devastated by the flooding, enabling them to replace everyday items we all take for granted like  carpets, a fridge or a cooker and for that we are truly grateful”.

The CFFC is a charitable organisation that has given out in excess of £20 million in grants to tackle priority needs in Calderdale thanks, in part, to the generosity and support of the local business community.  It has just celebrated 25 years supporting the Calderdale Community.




About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France, generating over 16.9 billion Euros in premiums in 2018.  

Covéa Insurance looks after the insurance needs of over 1.5 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa.  It has Gold Investors in People accreditation and has been named one of the top 75 employers in West Yorkshire & the Humber.

The company offers motor, household, protection, pet, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, through a range of distribution channels. Employing over 1800 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and is signatory to the HM Treasury Women In Finance Charter. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

In 2018, Covéa Insurance were recipients of the Personal Lines Insurer of the Year award at both the British Insurance Awards and the Insurance Times Awards and was the top rated insurer in the Insurance Times Broker Service Survey for both Personal and Commercial Lines.

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