UK General shifts motor book to Ageas
home . WILSON RING 2 hours ago MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Some of the world’s most renowned scholars of British author Rudyard Kipling this week will hear about the years he lived in Vermont, penning some of his most famous works far from the Indian subcontinent where he made his name. Kipling lived in Dummerston when he wrote “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” the story of a mongoose that battled two vicious cobras in far-away India while protecting his human family from harm, said Thomas Pinney, who will give the keynote address Monday at Marlboro College. He lived there from 1892-1896, a time when there was rising anti-English sentiment in the United States. Over time, Kipling soured on the United States, although he continued to like many Americans, said Pinney, a retired professor from California’s Pomona College. “So I thought what I would do, since Kipling told us so much about what he thought about Americans, I’d find out what the Americans thought about him, especially the locals in Vermont,” Pinney said. “I thought I’d find a lot of hostile remarks, but it didn’t work that way. It appears they liked him. They were sympathetic and flattered by the presence of a great man.” Pinney will be among about 60 Kipling scholars from the United Kingdom and the U.S. who will meet at Marlboro College on Monday and Tuesday. They will view some of the college’s Kipling holdings, including the contents of his safe deposit box discovered untouched in the early 1990s after almost a century in a Brattleboro bank. During Kipling’s time in Vermont he also wrote the “The Jungle Books,” ”Captains Courageous,” the poems of “The Seven Seas” and many of the stories in “The Day’s Work” and “Many Inventions.” Kipling was attracted to Vermont because of his American wife.
The move comes less than a year after UK General signed the capacity deal with QBE, under which QBE became the sole risk carrier for UK Generals commercial programme. Despite the change to the motor business, which is written by UK General division Rural, QBE will remain the carrier for UK Generals non-motor commercial risks. UK General chief executive Peter Hubbard said: UK General still has a constructive relationship with QBE. All that has happened is that its underwriting appetite has changed and as a result, weve moved our commercial motor portfolio to Ageas. The new arrangements for new business and renewals came into effect from the beginning of July. Hubbard said it was for QBE to explain the reasons for its change in appetite. But he added: From our standpoint the underwriting appetite of insurers waxes and wanes and this is no different. Its a technical issue rather than a relationship one and we still have an ongoing relationship as QBE carries the rest of our non-motor commercial risks, including property owners, retail, office and leisure capacity. QBE declined to comment, referring queries about the change to UK General. A spokeswoman for Ageas said: Were delighted to once again to be providing capacity for the Rural commercial motor book, which is a natural fit with our scheme profile. UK General signed the commercial capacity deal with QBE last year because Ageas, its main capacity provider, did not have the additional appetite UK General was looking for at the time. Hubbard said: Ageas has proved to be a strong partner for UK General in recent years, and our agreement with it has been extended to 2018. But we wanted to broaden and deepen our general SME commercial appetite in order to grow the commercial book. Ageass risk appetite did not cover those areas where we wanted to grow, and QBE stepped in. More Stories in Insurance