Riding with you
for 30 years
This year – 2015 – is a special year in the history of Carole Nash Insurance Consultants, because on 1 November, we celebrate our 30th birthday! (See our 30th Birthday Cake).
That’s right, 30 years providing specialist insurance for bikers and bikes right across the British Isles.
It’s a long way from the dining room table in Timperley where Carole Nash first set up the business three decades ago. Then in her mid-40s, Carole never dreamt the business would grow to become one of the UK’s leading specialist motorcycle insurance brokers.
When she was made redundant from her part-time job in a local insurance brokers, where she looked after the classic and vintage motorcycle policies, the bills still needed paying, so she decided to give it a go herself.
She invested most of her £2,300 redundancy cheque in a professional indemnity policy, bought a telephone and some stationery, and she was away.
Her friendly, helpful manner; commitment and respect for her customers and knowledge of the product, meant the business was an immediate success. She soon moved off the dining room table and into the garage (the heady heights!), and in 1989 moved into a four-person office round the corner in Timperley.
See our video below…
Still on the road with you
Carole and her team would be on the phone from 7.30am to 9.30pm, arranging cover for a growing list of customers. By now, Carole Nash was becoming a well-known name on the biker circuit, as she travelled the country attending shows and mixing with the biking community she loved working with.
We’re still just as busy on the show circuit today, attending (and sponsoring!) most major bike shows across the UK and Ireland. We’ve even got a special 30th birthday celebration coming up at this year’s Motorcycle Live at the NEC, where we asked customers to get involved in our ‘Be Part of It’ campaign and send in their photos to appear on our impressive stand, see the photo gallery here.
An office in Dublin was launched in 1999, opened by a Harley-riding Ronan Keating from Boyzone and a poll by Ride magazine in 2001 named Carole Nash as the UK’s favourite bike broker.* In just 16 years we’d hit the top spot!
Since then, we’re delighted that the awards have continued to come thick and fast.
A strong reputation in the biking community
By the time Carole sold the business and retired in 2006, it employed over 300 people in the UK and Ireland, and had expanded from vintage and classic motorcycle insurance to covering modern, classic, custom, vintage and off-road motorcycles, as well as classic cars, motorhomes, military vehicles and campervans.
Today, Carole Nash provides cover for for some 300,000 classic, vintage, modern, custom and off road motorcycles and we’re still just as focused on those same values of customer service, commitment and product quality as we were when Carole founded the business in 1985, as these customer reviews show:
Commitment to our customers
Our commitment to our customers and to the biking community in general remains central to what we do. That’s why we’re proud to support motorbike and classic car owners, members clubs, events and – most importantly of all – charities across the UK, such as North West Blood Bikes Manchester and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust’s Cancer Appeal Fund.
And of course, we’re proud to support the best of British biking, namely Carole Nash ambassadors and racing superstars Jonathan Rea – World Superbike Champion 2015, and Leon ‘Pocket Rocket’ Haslam. Not to mention the Honda Ron Haslam Race School at Donington Park, the only race school in Europe to provide all of the necessary equipment and two-to-one instruction.
Happy 30th Birthday to us!
We hope you can help us celebrate this special date – and we look forward to meeting the insurance needs of the UK and Ireland’s biking communities for another 30 years to come!