About us

We like to think of ourselves as an insurance partner: recognising every client has unique risks and concerns. We take the time to find the right protection for you and will make sense of insurance in a way which means something to you.

Discretion, integrity and transparency are at the heart of everything we do – which is why our business has been built on reputation and referrals.

Our clients receive a personal, individual service which gives them the right cover, with the strength and backing of established independent broker James Hallam Ltd: a family business with a 37-year heritage.

We’re ready for anything. Are you?

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Our values

Our values underpin everything we stand for at Blackford. This means how we treat our colleagues; the way we deal with insurers and business contacts; and how we serve our clients.

With:

  • Care & Respect
  • Honesty & Discretion
  • Friendliness & Courtesy
  • Loyalty & Strength
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Our team

Without a shadow of doubt, our team of smiling specialists is our biggest competitive advantage. We employ individuals based on their attitude and how they uphold our (and their) values. It just so happens they also know a considerable amount about insurance and love learning about their clients’ businesses.

Blackford team
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The company

Levels of consolidation in the insurance broker market remain high, creating a widening void where many clients and insurance staff are yearning for that stable home – one which can offer a people-based service, can embrace technology, be dynamic with industry change, but with the leverage and resource to compete with global and national brands.

Blackford Group Limited was founded by Tom Aldridge in 2019. He recognised an increasing need in the insurance market for a broker with traditional values that can communicate to and serve clients in a fresh, uncomplicated way. Furthermore, he wanted to create a culture that embraces and respects all staff, stimulates creativity, and fosters the client-broker relationship model.

The company is backed by private shareholders and investors who share in his vision and values.

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James Hallam

The pièce de résistance is the relationship and leverage Blackford enjoys as part of the James Hallam family of companies.

Founded in 1982, James Hallam Ltd is one of the UK’s leading privately-owned brokers. It is a family business, fiercely proud of maintaining its independent status. Acting for a variety of clients – from listed corporations to private clients – James Hallam has developed several specialist units across the UK that can support clients with sector-specific knowledge and exclusive insurance products and solutions.

As an Appointed Representative of James Hallam, Blackford can access its wealth of resource and knowledge, whilst sharing the impartial and considerable standing with the insurer market. 99% of work is executed with Standard & Poor A-rated insurers (minimum criteria is BBB+) and international risks can be designed and placed with support from the firm’s global network and insurer relationships.

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Blackford is a trading name of Blackford Group Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference 831508). Registered Office: Blackford Group Limited, 26 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh EH2 4ET (Registered SC616744). Blackford Group Limited is an Appointed Representative of James Hallam Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Firm Reference 134435).

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