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What was Admiral's response to the Coronavirus?

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22/07/2020

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So, what have we done for:  Our Community We have set up the £4 million Admiral Support Fund for Covid-19, which is predominantly providing funding and support in South Wales, where we are based, to the NHS, charities, support groups and will also allow us to contribute to any insurance industry wide charitable effort. We have been active in helping several charities and groups, which we are extremely proud of. Here are just a few ways we have helped: Supported Swansea, Cardiff and Newport food-banks – diverted our fruit supply to these extremely important community organisationsSupported The Wallich with food supplies  Donated to The Play Yard which provides meals for under privileged children and familiesDonated to St Thomas Parish which distributes food / meals to vulnerable people within SA1 area, amongst other supportive initiatives£100k donated to The Community Foundation WalesFeeding NHS staff through donations to various organisations Supplying essential items to Hospitals across South Wales in the form of medical shoes, calculators, pyjamas, etc We also asked our employees to send in details of their charitable events that had been cancelled so we could support and help with fundraising for their chosen charities. Brian Martin, Head of Business Support at Admiral said: “Admiral’s support means so much for our community and we will continue to work hard to help those in need in such a difficult time. “ You can find out more about how we’ve been supporting our community here.  Our employees To support our employees, all employees are being paid their full salary and no employees are being furloughed under the UK Government funded scheme and we don’t expect to benefit from any other initiatives funded by the government. Ecare, our counselling and support service for employees have also introduced a ‘Dependant Line’ for any dependants in employees’ households to offer additional support during the pandemic 24 hours a day. We also have a Workplace Support function who order a range of equipment to make life easier for employees at home whilst working. Nearly 2800 orders so far and climbing! To help our employees get the right advice, we have teamed up with HSBC who now offer 121 telephone appointments to help anyone with their financial concerns. Our Training function “Admiral Academy” have developed several webinars, online courses and playlists for all our employees that focuses on mental health, living in lock-down and working remotely. We are also building a programme for the future of ‘smart working’: how we integrate remote and office time, the use of office space, how we manage teams, the cultural implications, organisational structure and technology.    Our customers We pledged to give back £110million to our car and van insurance customers in recognition of the fact that our customers stayed at home and drove less during the UK wide Covid-19 lock-down. A £25 refund was automatically given to all customers for each car and van covered with us on the 20th April 2020, a total of 4.4m vehicles. We gave the refund to reflect there have been fewer cars on the road during the lock-down which resulted in fewer claims. This was done to ensure as a company we didn’t benefit during the lock-down. Our intention was to return estimated savings to our customers rather than benefit from reduced driving during the lock-down. We have also waived any motoring claims excess fees for NHS or emergency service workers and supporting NHS volunteers. We guarantee cover for customers using their vehicle to transport people, deliver medical supplies and equipment, or items to people who are self-isolating. In addition, we wanted to show our support for NHS and emergency service workers by giving them a free courtesy vehicle to keep them on the road during the lock-down. We are further supporting our customers who are in financial hardship as a result of the outbreak by being flexible with customers struggling with monthly payments. Cristina Nestares, CEO of UK Insurance at Admiral said: “During this challenging period, our main priorities have been helping our customers, supporting our local community and protecting the wellbeing of our employees, which is why we have introduced these initiatives to give something back to the customers and communities we serve. “This is an unprecedented time when people across the country are driving significantly less than before the lock-down, and we expect this to lead to a fall in the number of claims we are seeing. We want to give the money we would have used to pay these claims back to our loyal customers in this difficult time. We have also already reflected this change in driving behaviour in our pricing for customers and will continue to do so. “

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Meeting our Army Reserve employees - Daryl

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16/01/2020

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Daryl chats to us about juggling his career and being in the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Militia We were extremely proud to publicise our promise of support to all those who serve, by signing the Army Covenant back in July last year. We recognise that our Army Reservists are a crucial part of the Defence family, and by implementing protective and flexible workplace policies, we’re able to empower our employees to make a real difference to their personal and professional development.We caught up with Daryl to hear his story…What is your Admiral background?‘’I’ve worked for Admiral for ten and a half years; I began in Claims taking customer calls and joined Claims Audit four years ago and have been there ever since.’’Why did you join the Army Reservists and what Regiment are you part of?“Joining the Army had always been at the back of my mind and it came to a moment in time where it was now or never. My fitness levels weren’t great, so I focused on my training, lost a load of weight and signed up!I’d joined for a little extra challenge in my life, to do something different and to push myself out of my comfort zone. The opportunity presented itself and I grabbed it.I didn’t want to leave Admiral and go into the Army full time but I was craving a new challenge. It’s great that I’m able to enjoy my job here, whilst thriving in a new environment as an Army Reservist.I’m in the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Militia and have been for the past year now.”How are you finding balancing your two roles as well as family life?“A Royal Engineer is one of the most diverse roles offered in the Army; it’s not just soldiering, but also Combat Engineering – essentially, you have to have a broad spectrum of skills, from front-line Soldier to construction and logistics. The training has been intense; a lot of it you do at the start when joining, but as there is so much, the training carries on as your career progresses.The Claims department has been really good with flexible working; I’m able to finish work earlier at times to get to the Regiment and development courses on time – my managers have been incredibly supportive and have given me all the time I’ve needed.I needed five weeks off this year for training which was all signed off by the Admiral management team. The training then changed due to unforeseen circumstances, but work was so flexible, I took a mixture of paid holiday and unpaid leave for this (I’m still paid by the Army during such training).The flexible working at Admiral is important to me; I know how lucky I am to get this support from my employer.  I’m doing a good job of balancing my job at Admiral, the Reserves and my family life.”Do you find that your Army career has complimented your role here at Admiral?“The training has been fantastic in the Army, it teaches you about responsibility, drive, how to take control of situations, as well as confidence building.The training opportunities are endless, from leadership courses to learning how to work as a team – the training is second to none and continuous.These are all transferable skills that I bring to my role here at Admiral, so ultimately, my Reservist career benefits both parties!”

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Mr. X Appeals to Admiral staff

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12/12/2019

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Hundreds of our employees have taken part in the Mr X Appeal, donating over 1,600 Christmas presents to disadvantaged children throughout the Swansea area. In the 60th year of the Mr X Appeal, Admiral staff have again broken our own record of the most presents donated by a local business. There are 5,500 underprivileged children in and around the Swansea area who will wake up on Christmas morning without a present to open. The Mr. X Appeal aims to help a local child in need in a personal way at Christmas. Signing their cards “With love from Father Christmas”, every employee who donates a gift, gets given the first name, gender and age of a child who would otherwise go without a Christmas present. There is no minimum or maximum spend and staff members have been extremely charitable. This year, there were no less than five bikes donated as gifts, as well as scooters, tablets, large teddies and gift bags full to the brim. Angela Macdonald, who has been joined in recent years by her daughter Donna, works in Admiral’s Customer Assurance department and has been coordinating the Mr. X Appeal for her colleagues over the past 18 years. Admiral staff have always been most generous and I’m so proud to see everyone support such a good cause. When I found out how many gifts had been donated this year, I had happy tears. It’s always such a massive task every year but every single minute is worth it. Donna Macdonald Admiral has been collecting presents for the Mr X Appeal for eighteen years, with the number growing every Christmas. Starting in Swansea, this has expanded to include donations from the Newport and Cardiff offices.“I want to say a special thanks to Mum, who started doing this on her own 18 years ago with only a handful of gifts. She is an incredible woman, a true inspiration and I’m really proud to call her my Mum.”Admiral has been collecting presents for the Mr X Appeal for eighteen years, with the number growing every Christmas. Starting in Swansea, this has expanded to include donations from the Newport and Cardiff offices.

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18th best workplace in the world!

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02/10/2019

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We’re proud to announce that we’ve been named the 18th best workplace in the world in the annual 25 World’s Best Workplaces list. More than 12 million employees from over 8,000 companies around the globe participated in the survey process for the World’s Best Workplaces list. The ranking assessed employees’ views on leadership, organisational culture, and trust. We qualified due to several our operations around the world making the Best Workplaces list in their respective countries. This is the third time we've been named in the list having taken 20th position last year.Great Place to Work’s World’s Best Workplaces create cultures that are welcoming, friendly, inclusive, and ethical. An overwhelming majority of employees at the World’s Best say they’re proud of their workplaces. We’re immensely proud to be named as one of the World’s Best Workplaces for the third year in a row. Our success as a business is intrinsically linked to our culture and it's gratifying to see that our staff, not just in South Wales but around the globe, think we’re a Great Place to Work. Whether based in Cardiff or Seville or Rome or Halifax, Canada, all our staff have a huge part to play in making Admiral the business that it is, and I thank you all for your hard work and commitment. David Stevens, CEO Great Place to Work’s CEO, Michael Bush, added, “Congratulations to the World’s Best Workplaces. It is a big challenge to build a high-trust culture that is great for employees in many countries across the globe. These organisations have bold leaders who have risen to the challenge--they are the vanguard showing millions of organizations worldwide that is possible and desirable to create a great place to work for all.” For a full list of the 25 World's Best Workplaces click here.

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