INSURANCE broker Dickson & Co (NI) in Omagh has marked its 30th anniversary by outlining plans to double the size of its business in the next five years
Established in 1992 by Ashley and Ruth Dickson and listed in the top 40 independent insurance brokers in the UK, the family firm has a network of nine offices across Ireland, trading across all sectors of the market to provide broking and risk management services.
Managing director Ashley Dickson outlined a five-year plan in which it will aim to double the size of the business through acquisitions and organic growth, targeting brokers with a good quality business and who have an established reputation in the community.
He said: “The company has come a long way since we opened our first office in Omagh in 1992. The insurance industry has changed significantly over the past years with many brokers leaving the high street. But we are committed to growing our presence and expanding our reach into more areas to best serve our customers and our community where they can avail of friendly, local expertise and advice, face to face.
“Last month we announced our most recent acquisition with our purchase of Jim Burton Insurance Services in Armagh. This now brings our total acquisitions over the past number of years to 12 and our current workforce to just under 100 employees. We couldn’t achieve this milestone if we hadn’t the support of our wider team.”
Nick O’Shiel, chief executive Omagh Enterprise Company, said: “It is testament to the service provided by Dickson & Co that the company has achieved such growth over the past 30 years.
“The business has continued to evolve and move with the times through providing both online services but also championing the need to still have easily accessible offices to help customers.”
Feargal Logan, of Logan and Corry Solicitors, a friend of the Dickson & Co family, said: “Having worked with Ashley and Ruth for a number of years it is wonderful to see how this family business has grown.
“Their drive, ambition, and leadership shines through in every aspect of their working life. Their commitment to the local community has also been steadfast as they serve their customers whilst providing significant employment to families across County Tyrone and beyond.”
Dickson & Co currently has offices in Omagh, Newtownstewart, Dungannon, Cookstown, Newry, Armagh, Limavady and Lisnaskea. It also trades in the Republic under its Dickson & Wilson Insurance Brokers brand, following the acquisition and subsequent rebranding of the former Gunn Robinson Brokers in 2019.