Our History

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Our History

Originally formed in 2001 as a specialist van insurer, the Brightside Group has grown rapidly through both organic growth and acquisition. Broadening and diversifying our portfolio across markets, we achieve success through innovation, technology and pure hard work and dedication.

In 2016, Brightside was ranked #16 in Insurance Post’s Top 50 Brokers table. Our portfolio provides reach across both private and commercial insurance markets. Here’s a snapshot of our journey to date.

  • Most recently, in 2016, we launched Brightside Van, our online insurance proposition for commercial van insurance.

  • In 2014, AnaCap Financial Partners, a specialist financial services private equity business, purchased the Brightside Group providing opportunities for growth and expansion.

  • 2012 saw us launch One Insurance Solution - a specialist broker offering vehicle and premises insurance for private and commercial customers. One Insurance Solution enabled us to incorporate previous specialist teams into one overarching brand.

  • During 2011 we acquired the aggregator technology business, Quote Exchange.

  • In 2010 we launched Brightside Car, our online insurance proposition for private motor insurance customers.

  • During 2009, we launched ProSport – an insurance proposition designed for sports people at all levels.

  • In 2008, we moved into the personal injury claims market through the acquisition of IQED, enabling us to offer medical screening, rehabilitation and accident investigation support services.

  • 2008 also saw the introduction of eBike – a dedicated online motorcycle insurance brand – to our group of companies.

  • Prior to this, we steadily expanded our footprint in the market through the introduction of a diversity of niche brands targeting both personal and commercial insurance markets.

  • It all started back in 2001 when we were called Commercial Vehicle Direct Insurance Services Ltd (CVD), just providing specialist van insurance. We continue to trade under our CVD brand today.