Blink Insider
Richard Sharman

21st June 2021

In this month’s Blink Insider, taking to the hot seat to share his thoughts, insights and dream dinner party guests is Richard Sharman - Group Commercial Director of Jigsaw Insurance Services Plc, the specialists behind Blink Breakdown.

In a short sentence, tell us what you do in your current role?

My role is varied, which makes things interesting and keeps me on my toes. My main responsibilities are to manage our wholesale relationships, the Marketing Department, aggregators and some of our insurer partners.

Did you choose the insurance profession, or did it choose you?

Like a lot of my friends and colleagues in the industry, I “fell” into insurance as a trainee over 30 years ago and have not managed to escape since!

What is something that people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get? 

Love Island

What is your biggest frustration with modern technology?

People who take calls on their mobile phones, put the caller on speaker and broadcast their conversation to anyone within 50 feet. Seems to be happening more and more – very odd.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Walking with our Weimaraner, mountain biking and managing my son’s U16 football team mostly. As a Leeds Utd supporter, I’ve also loved seeing them back on the big stage and playing some incredibly exciting football.

What was the last book you read, or movie/box set you watched? 

I’ve just watched the Stranger Things box set for the second time. Very weird but immersive and nostalgic for anyone who grew up in the 80s and rode a BMX (like me).

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

I tend to just stream a playlist nowadays, to get some variety and check out some new artists. Pink Floyd would be high on my list though.

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

  • Stephen Fry
  • David Attenborough
  • Elon Musk
  • Dave Grohl
  • My wife, Emma

What is on your bucket list?

  • Complete the NC500 route in a camper van
  • Whale watching in Alaska
  • Take a flight to space with SpaceX or Virgin Galactic

Finally, why is it a great time for brokers to consider a conversation with Blink Breakdown?

With unlimited call-outs, cover for misfuelling and for any age of vehicle, our products are market leading. In addition to single vehicles, we offer fleet breakdown options including vans up to 7.5t GVW.

Business can be processed via a simple online portal, API integration or via Open GI Add-on Marketplace.

Claims are fully managed in house from our Harrogate based contact centre, which operates 24/7 365 days a year. This ensures a seamless and professional response whenever your customers need assistance. Our Account Managers are on hand to help with any queries and would be delighted to provide an online demonstration of our products and services.

For more information or to apply for a Blink Breakdown agency, please speak to your Blink IS Business Development Manager.

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Blink Breakdown is provided by Jigsaw Insurance Services PLC which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Register number: 307654 and underwritten by Amtrust Europe Limited which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority Register number: 202189. 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 recipients of this content are UK FCA-regulated insurance brokers. Full details of FCA authorisations can be found at www.fca.org.uk This information is correct at the time of production, but may be subject to change.

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