What I have learnt from 40 years in protection

'Google really is the underwriter's best friend'

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Underwriter Steve Hosking looks back at his 40-year career at Cirencester Friendly and changes in the protection industry over the past four decades.

When Steve Hosking joined Cirencester Friendly in 1983 both the organisation and the world was a very different place. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, one of just 23 female MPs. The average house price was £36,000, which equates to just £100,000 in today's money, something that current first-time buyers can only dream about. A packet of 20 cigarettes, which could be smoked almost anywhere, was just 21p or just over a penny each! Cirencester Friendly itself was a tiny organisation. Besides Steve, who joined as a general clerk, there were just six other employees and 17,000 members. ...

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