Howden expands UK network with acquisition of Laurie Ross in Scotland


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London, 23 January 2024 – Howden announces the acquisition of Laurie Ross, a personal and commercial lines broker based in Scotland. This acquisition further strengthens Howden’s commitment to growth in the UK and supports its growing high street presence.  

The addition of Laurie Ross will take Howden’s high street branches to 117, with a total of over 200 centres across the UK.

Established in 1973, with seven branches based in and around the city of Glasgow, Laurie Ross services clients and communities in key business areas including car, home, taxi, van and business insurance. 

This deal further cements Howden’s ambition to continue its high street expansion, and supports the growth of Howden UK & Ireland in Scotland.

Kelly Ogley, CEO of Howden Consumer and Local Commercial, comments: “Laurie Ross is a fantastic business and, culturally, it’s a perfect fit as we’re both committed to providing a local advised service that delights our clients, as well as working with and supporting our local communities. We’re really excited to welcome June Lynch, Managing Director of Laurie Ross, and the team to the Howden family.”

June Lynch, Managing Director, Laurie Ross said: “I am delighted that Laurie Ross is now part of Howden providing us with an even greater opportunity to enhance our capabilities and reach. Joining a well-known UK branch network, with values that mirror our own excellent reputation for unwavering commitment to client satisfaction, it’s exactly the sort of partnership we were looking for.”