Healthwise agrees to sell the business to Aston Lark

For over 20 years we have been contacted by businesses looking to acquire Healthwise, however, until now we have always declined, mainly due to what it may mean for our clients and staff.

In the summer of last year, we were approached by Aston Lark Employee Benefits Limited (ALEB) to acquire our business. Our initial discussions with ALEB progressed throughout the last six months and I’m now delighted to confirm we have agreed to sell the business to them effective from 1st February 2022.

A main factor in agreeing to the sale is that ALEB is acquiring us as a going concern with all staff being retained to continue supporting our client needs. In addition, ALEB are looking to expand our operation in Dudley to enable us to continue to support all of our client base.

Aston Lark is an award winning insurance broker whose combined expertise is vast and spans all commercial sectors, industry-specific schemes, employee benefits expertise, along with a wide range of private client solutions, with an inhouse Claims team.

They are adept at providing comprehensive advice and can adapt and adjust their focus when the world around you changes, or your business evolves. And whilst their services are wide-ranging, their customer service is always personal – just like ours.

About ALEB

ALEB is the employee benefits arm of the Aston Lark Group and has around seventy-six staff based in London, Birmingham, and Kent, with a presence in some of Aston Lark's regional offices too.

Since our initial discussions with ALEB commenced throughout last year, they made us aware that Aston Lark Group will become part of Howden Broking Group who are a global insurance advisory service. 

We believe this will further enhance our service provision to our clients; enabling us to give you access to an even better range of products and services as part of a much larger group. It will further future proof our business and give a forever home to all of our clients.

What this means for our clients

Rest assured, it is business as usual for all our clients and our staff, points of contact, will remain exactly the same. The insurance policies clients have with us and services they receive through Healthwise will continue as normal. The only thing that has changed is that we now benefit from being part of the wider Aston Lark group products & services and in  2022 Howdens Group.

Future service team

Bob Grindley (Manging Director) will become a Consultant and Paul Swanson currently Commercial Diector wiill become Client Director. All the staff will be remaining with this new business venture and the office in Dudley will remain in situ. We have also added a New Business Manager to our Sales Team and I’m delighted to confirm that Kenny Cassells will be joining us from 1st March 2022

This means it will be business as usual for any clients of Healthwise – the only thing that changes are the company behind the brand. We are extremely excited about this new chapter for our business and look forward to our continued relationship with all our clients.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Paul Swanson or Paul Hocking or Kenny Cassells on - 01384 456 345


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