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Broker Upstages Rivals to win Rep Contract

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre has appointed Nottingham and Leicester-based
Russell Scanlan as its new insurance broker.

The appointment of the DNCC member follows a tender process involving five other broking companies.

Russell Scanlan has an established reputation in this very specialist sector and a growing heritage, theatre and museum portfolio.

The business already works with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and The Playhouse in Nottingham.

Birmingham Rep, the city’s only major producing theatre, has been undergoing extensive redevelopment for the past two years but will finally move back into its new home this month and open in September 2013 for the Autumn season.

The Rep has held a significant place in theatre history in the UK since 1913 and is credited with launching the careers of many great British actors over the decades, including Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans and Laurence Olivier.

Bryan Banbury, Managing Director at Russell Scanlan, said: “We are incredibly proud to be involved with such a fascinating project - this is an important venue for emerging talent, particularly in The Midlands.

"The team at Russell Scanlan is fully aware that cultural venues such as the Birmingham Rep are facing increasing commercial pressures and so have to be sure they are receiving the best qualified advice available in order to understand their insurance obligations and the investment they have to make.”

Christine Johnstone, Finance Director at The Birmingham Rep, said: “Russell Scanlan’s wider experience of the commercial theatre sector has been invaluable to us, and their strong service ethic was exactly what we were looking for.

"The theatre is such a specialist operation, such an unusual and often complex public environment - their knowledge has given us a high level of confidence in the process and established a great partnership between the two organisations.”

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