Hastings Direct

Hastings Partnerships sign as new van insurance provider for leading DIY group

2nd October 2012

Hastings Partnerships, the affinity division of Hastings Direct has been appointed as the exclusive provider of commercial vehicle (van) insurance to the Kingfisher Group UK & Ireland Division. The Kingfisher Group UK trade brands include Screwfix, TradePoint and Trade UK.

Hastings Partnerships will focus on delivering a compelling van insurance proposition based on great customer service and value for money for Trade customers. Hastings has gained a deep understanding of trade consumers' needs — where the van represents the lifeblood of the business and this knowledge has been key to securing the partnership.

Hastings will provide competitively priced insurance and ancillary products for vans up to 3.5 tonnes and this will be underwritten by a comprehensive and exclusive panel.

The UK van insurance market is approximately 4.5 million in size. The combination of Kingfisher's multi-million trade customer base, coupled with the depth and expertise of Hastings' panel and customer service management is expected to deliver a market leading customer proposition and good revenue streams for both parties.

Damian Reilly, head of affinities and & partner marketing, Hastings Partnerships: "We are delighted to have this opportunity and believe this is the pre-eminent affinity relationship in the van market

About Screwfix:

Recognised as being "where the trade buys" and promising a fast, reliable service, Screwfix is the UK's leading multi-channel supplier of thousands of high quality screws, fixings, hand tools, power tools, plumbing and electrical supplies. Combining trade prices and a massive range of leading brand name items, Screwfix offers over 18,000* products and is fully committed to customer care and support.

About Tradepoint:

  • TradePoint is open seven days a week, up to 14 hours a day with guaranteed stock availability at trade prices. As well as 143 TradePoint Counters across the UK, there are "TradePoint order and collect points" in over 215 other B&Q stores.
  • TradePoint is available for trade only and offers a huge range of goods from hundreds of quality brands including Dulux, Ronseal, Mira, Biasi, Bosch, De Walt, Makita, Fischer, Rothenburger, Lafarge, Wylex, Vent-Axia and many more. TradePoint also offers kitchens and bathrooms and appliances to order or to take away. All at highly competitive and discounted trade only prices.
  • All prices at TradePoint are shown exclusive of VAT unlike many builders' merchants. Proof of working in the trade is required in order to collect a new TradePoint membership card, which should be shown when placing any orders and paying for goods.
  • Each customer must supply evidence of their trade status, and are then issued with their own membership card and catalogue listing all the products available. Customers also find separate parking with extra wide bays for vans, extended trade only services (including credit), and heavy goods can be picked from the building yard.

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