Insurance company continues its expansion with growth across Cumbria

AN INSURANCE business is continuing its expansion with growth across Cumbria. 

RAW Insurance, which is based in Carlisle, plans to open an office in south Cumbria later this year and create more job opportunities. 

RAW, established by Ryan Roberts and Stephen Ward three years ago, has more than 500 clients and operates across the whole of the UK. 

As part of its expansion plans, RAW made a key addition to the team by appointing Russell Linton to head up its south Cumbrian operation covering Kendal, South Lakes, Ulverston and Barrow. 

Russell Linton, account executive with RAW Insurance for south Cumbria.

Russell, who lives in Kendal, has more than 30 years of experience working in the insurance industry in south Cumbria,  

He began his career at Provincial’s head office in Kendal in 1989 after leaving Kendal College, where he studied Business Studies.  

Four years later he moved to Talbot Insurance Brokers which later became part of global insurance firm Marsh, where he specialised in commercial insurance. 

Russell said: “Having lived and worked in Kendal and south Cumbria all my life, clients know that I understand the area and the local economy. They know I’m there to help and advise them, and that I’m visible and contactable. 

“Joining RAW was a fantastic opportunity to take on a fresh challenge and be part of something new and exciting.  

“Insurance can be seen as a dry topic but it’s about people, which is what I love about it. 

Some of the members of the RAW Insurance team (from left): Stephen Ward, Shoanna Muirhead, Russell Linton, Christine Thorburn, and Ryan Roberts.

“I enjoy working with clients, learning about their businesses and finding them the right insurance. 

“It’s about being there for them if and when they need you, and supporting them as the business grows and develops. 

“I’ve looked after customers for a lot of years, and many of them have become friends.” 

Stephen said: “Russell’s experience in the industry and his people-first approach fits perfectly with the way we work.  

“We feel it’s important that we deliver the best service to our clients, while also creating a relaxed, friendly environment where we know clients by name, not policy numbers. 

“Russell is ideally placed to lead the growth of RAW Insurance in south Cumbria.” 

Russell is a keen golfer and a member of Kendal Golf Club. He also likes to spend his weekends walking in the Lake District. “I feel very lucky to be able to live and work in south Cumbria,” he said. 

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