Blink Insider
Ian Reid

23rd July 2020

This July, we interviewed Ian Reid, Underwriting Director at Instant Underwriting, an MGA offering an innovative online trading platform for regional brokers that is distributed exclusively through Blink Intermediary Solutions.

In a short sentence, tell us what you do in your current role?
Underwriting Director; managing a portfolio of business across all product lines. Price modelling, monitoring loss ratios and clearing underwriting referrals

Did you choose the insurance profession, or did it choose you?
Like many people in this industry I fell into it. The friend who recommended insurance to me has a lot to answer for. 

What is something that people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get?
Themselves, have no time for people with "Big Egos"

What is your biggest frustration with modern technology?
When it goes wrong. Also there's too much reliance on technology at times. Technology combined with friendly, efficient and experienced human intervention is a winning formula.

What do you do when you’re not working?
Play golf, socialising and reading 

What was the last book you read, or movie/box set you watched?
Mr Nice - Howard Marks. An interesting character 

Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide what music to listen to?
The 1975

Past or present, which five guests would you invite to your dream dinner party?

  • Gyles Brandreth
  • Ian Botham
  • Billy Connolly
  • Micky Flanagan
  • Dawn French

What is on your bucket list?
Major sporting events; Masters, British Lions Tour. There are too many to list. 

Finally, why is it a great time for brokers to consider a conversation with Instant Underwriting?
Being an innovative online trading platform for commercial business, we are perfectly placed to assist regional brokers in these challenging times by making business insurance decisions instantly.

For further information about Instant Underwriting, speak to your Blink IS Business Development Manager or click here.

Full underwriting terms and conditions apply, please ensure that all of the contractual documentation is read and understood prior to use. This facility is marketed and distributed by Blink Intermediary Solutions. This facility is provided by Instant Underwriting, a trading style of I.M.S. (London) Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority No: 300186 and underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s and other insurers. Access to this facility is subject to approval by the product provider only. Blink Intermediary Solutions is not part of the approval process and is not the product manufacturer. Some products/facilities are not available in all territories. The intended recipient of this content is UK FCA-regulated insurance brokers. Full details of FCA authorisations can be found at This information is correct at the time of production, but may be subject to change.

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