Howden bolsters sports & entertainment team with new hire

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International insurance broker Howden has appointed Charlie Connell as its head of entertainment, a newly-created role to boost its Sports & Entertainment practice group.

Connell joins Howden from EC3 Brokers, where he served as the head of contingency and entertainment for four years.

In his new role, Connell will be responsible for developing and delivering creative solutions for clients in the entertainment sector, enabling them to navigate the continued insurance- and risk-management-related challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

His appointment is the latest strategic recruit to Howden Broking as it pursues its talent acquisition strategy, joining sector experts Ana Matarranz

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Employee engagement critical to SMEs’ post-pandemic recovery

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Small and medium enterprises (SME), which are some of the worst hit by the pandemic, should focus on employee engagement as they prepare for an uptick in demand, according to an industry study.

The SME100 – WTW Employee Experience Study, conducted by Willis Towers Watson and Business Media International, found that SMEs’ employees are generally proud of their companies as they trust the vision of their leaders and understand how their work contributed to broader goals. Hence, three out of five respondents are willing to recommend their company as a good place to work.

However, two-thirds of respondents reported high

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Hiscox delivers H1 financial results

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It’s the turn of specialist global insurer Hiscox Ltd to share its story of turning things around – from last year’s US$138.9 million (around SG$187.7 million) pre-tax loss in the first half to H1 2021’s profit before tax of US$133.4 million (around SG$180.3 million).

“This is a good result driven by strong performances across all our businesses,” said chief executive Bronek Masojada, who is retiring at the end of 2021. “Our investments in digital trading continues to bear fruit and market conditions are the best we have experienced for many years.

“Hiscox has the fire-power, new leadership and talent to

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PayPal looks to launch crypto trading in the UK soon

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PayPal says it is going to use the United Kingdom as the next market in which to expand its crypto trading services.

PayPal looks to launch crypto trading in the UK

According to the company’s Q2 earnings call, PayPal has done very well out of crypto trading for the period. CEO Dan Schulman stated that the UK is likely to be the next country where crypto trading is offered.

“Yeah, well, we continue to be really pleased with the momentum we’re seeing on crypto. […] We’re going to launch, hopefully, maybe even next month in the UK, open up trading

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