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About Us - Morton Michel
Morton Michel is the UK’s market leader in childcare insurance. We expertly insure 23,000 childminders and nannies, 9,000 nurseries and playgroups, and 5,000 out of school clubs and holiday play schemes, as well as numerous other social and voluntary groups connected with childcare. We also have a busy motor, general and commercial department.
The Morton Michel Story
It was 1964, and the times were changing. There was lots of energy and excitement, which encouraged everyone to be enterprising. Kathy and David Beere had met when they both worked for a large insurance Company and were busy bringing up their young family. By 1964 David, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, was fast progressing up the insurance business ladder. Kathy, on the other hand, had left the insurance company to take care of her children.
Until that time there had been very little provision for children under five, but playgroups for preschool children were just starting to be formed, and Kathy took her eldest son to the afternoon session. Soon, Kathy’s involvement with her local group grew, and she began working part-time as a playleader. The playgroup organizer was finding it virtually impossible to obtain insurance because the mixture of toddlers, water, paint and church halls sent shudders down the spines of most insurers! As Kathy’s husband worked in insurance, the owner of the playgroup approached her for advice. Kathy took the query to David, who set up a specialised insurance scheme that was tailored to the needs of playgroups.
Morton Michel enjoyed steady growth over the years, and as new childcare ventures began, David and Kathy expanded their business to provide cover for them, too. Morton Michel was the first company to offer insurance for registered childminders, nannies and many more, and as a result, David and Kathy began to employ staff to help them with the workload.
Their children, Nick, Jerry and Samantha, were growing up, and they went into the office with their parents on Saturdays and during the school holidays to help out with such tasks as filing, sending out renewal invitations, and opening the post. One by one, all three children eventually joined the family firm, each bringing new ideas and contributing to its success in their own ways.
Kathy retired from the firm on her 70th birthday in 2004, and David retired in May 2005, while Samantha, Jerry and Nick remain directors of the firm, dedicated to continuing the business with the same ethos of hard work and good customer service established by their parents.
Morton Michel Today
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Nick, Samantha and Jerry In 2014, we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. We have seen many changes since 1964, but some things never change - such as Morton Michel’s integrity and reliability. Insurance is a dynamic and highly competitive sector, and we are proud to have gained a reputation as the UK's Leading Childcare Insurance Specialist, offering a wide range of insurance policies both to individuals and business clients
However, a business is only as good as the people it employs, and we believe that Morton Michel’s staff is the very best. We have a highly successful team of professional staff who are experienced in all areas of childcare insurance as well as motor, general and commercial insurance. Uniquely, we have no individual targets or commission – we see this as divisive and not in our customers’ best interest.
Voted Best Employer in Croydon in the Best of Borough Awards 2008, we have a very low turnover of staff, so our customers receive a consistent and reliable service from a team that is approachable and dedicated to understanding and responding to their needs. Our site testimonials show that whilst so much changes, our teams remain consistent, balancing professionalism with friendliness - and this is why so many people recommend us to others time and again. When this is provided by a company that is headed by a dedicated team like the Beere family, who really care about their customers, then childcare professionals can be confident that they are in good hands.
Morton Michel Limited
Michel has a successful range of business products. The Childminder Organiser, fire blankets and other childcare related products, such as puppets, can be purchased through eShop.
Morton Michel Ltd is registered in England and Wales No. 5120835. Registered Office 3rd Floor, Chancery House, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, Surrey SM1 1JB. Morton Michel Ltd. VAT Registered Number: 125 4877 00. All correspondence for Morton Michel Limited should be addressed to Alhambra House, 9 St Michaels Road, Croydon CR9 3DD