About Us

Our business is built on 30 years of experience. We are proud of our heritage and proud to have supported the nursery sector for over 20 years.

Our history

In 1988 Allan Pound was an insurance broker at Lloyd’s of London and Ivan Gates was a freight forwarding agent in Felixstowe.

Based on a long-standing business friendship they decided to start a new business together, Pound Gates Group, based in Ipswich. The Group included Pound Gates & Co Ltd, an insurance broker who went on to develop a specialism in the day care nursery sector in 1995, working in close partnership with a local nursery chain and a major insurer.

Kevin Collins took over Pound Gates in 2002, and has led the business through a period of significant growth based on a strong focus on its specialisms.

In 2010 the Group de-merged creating independence for each business supporting further focus and investment in their activity and client sectors.

Today

Today, as well as being a nationally recognised specialist in the nursery insurance sector, Pound Gates is a prominent commercial and corporate broker serving London and the East of England. We also specialise in the areas of Removals and Storage insuranceSelf-Storage insurance, Media insurance and Tank Container insurance.

Chartered Insurance Broker

We are proud to hold the prestigious title of Chartered Insurance Broker. Chartered status is an objective mark of professional standing among all professionals. It is awarded to firms who can demonstrate commitment to developing knowledge, enhancing capability and maintaining ethical standards. Click here for more information.

Doing Good

We balance the desire for business success with the needs of the wider communities in which we are active and upon which we have an impact. By combining the resources of the businesses throughout the UK and Europe we have over 100 staff in multiple locations “doing good” in their communities.

The businesses also have a wide range of clients and suppliers, who we see as a crucial part of the resources and raising awareness that can help us achieve our “Doing Good” goals. Click here for more information.

Our charity

In 2015, The Pound Gates Group of companies established The Soma Leo Foundation, a small charity that provides education and support to disadvantaged communities in east Africa. We currently do this through our own school, The Soma Leo Academy, in Nyiera, Kenya and by supporting other schools in nearby Osieko. Click here to visit the dedicated Soma Leo site.

Our Awards

Insurance Age Awards 2019

FINALIST – Schemes Broker of the Year

Compass Networks Select 2019

WINNER – Broker of the Year

Best Eastern Employers Awards 2016

WINNER – Best Overall Company

Insurance Times Awards 2015

WINNER – Corporate Social Responsibility

Insurance Times Awards 2015

FINALIST – Training, Excellence and Impact

UK Broker Awards 2015

FINALIST – Investment in People

EADT Business Awards 2015

WINNER – Corporate Social Responsibility

Insurance Times Awards 2014

FINALIST – Training, Excellence and Impact

UK Broker Awards 2014

FINALIST – Chartered Broker of the Year Award

EADT Business Awards 2014

FINALIST – Community Involvement

British Insurance Awards 2014

FINALIST – Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year

Insurance Times Awards 2013

Finalist – Commercial Lines Broker of the Year

Insurance Times Awards 2013

FINALIST – Training Programme of the Year – Broker

UK Broker Awards 2013

FINALIST – Chartered Broker of the Year

CIR Awards 2013

FINALIST – Commercial Lines Broker of the Year

Best Employers Eastern Region Awards 2012

WINNER – Best Overall Company

For more information contact us today, or request a call back.


What our clients have to say

“All round good service.”

Banana Moon Day Nursery

2019-07-22T13:54:20+00:00

Banana Moon Day Nursery

“All round good service.”
“I would like to thank you for the professional way in which you handled our recent claim. The money has now been paid into our account and I am able to refund the parents. Thank you for your help and for making it as painless as possible.”

Lilac Frog Nursery

2019-07-22T14:01:37+00:00

Lilac Frog Nursery

“I would like to thank you for the professional way in which you handled our recent claim. The money has now been paid into our account and I am able to refund the parents. Thank you for your help and for making it as painless as possible.”
“We are extremely satisfied with our insurance through Pound Gates. The staff are most helpful and very knowledgeable. When we were unfortunate enough to have to make a claim, it was dealt with quickly and efficiently and with minimum disruption to the business.”

Hopscotch Nursery

2019-07-22T14:00:33+00:00

Hopscotch Nursery

“We are extremely satisfied with our insurance through Pound Gates. The staff are most helpful and very knowledgeable. When we were unfortunate enough to have to make a claim, it was dealt with quickly and efficiently and with minimum disruption to the business.”
“The team are very approachable and no question is too silly. This is important for me as my business is fairly new and crazy things pop up. We have had to make a claim and it was so easy to process and quick. The service is smooth, efficient and very professional.”

Tree Tots Day Nursery

2019-07-22T13:58:10+00:00

Tree Tots Day Nursery

“The team are very approachable and no question is too silly. This is important for me as my business is fairly new and crazy things pop up. We have had to make a claim and it was so easy to process and quick. The service is smooth, efficient and very professional.”
“Shirley Mills handled my business from quotation to policy, and was outstanding. Her level of customer service, knowledge, guidance and support she offered me was first class.”

Mulberry Roots

2019-07-22T14:02:43+00:00

Mulberry Roots

“Shirley Mills handled my business from quotation to policy, and was outstanding. Her level of customer service, knowledge, guidance and support she offered me was first class.”
“My reason for using Pound Gates is based around their comprehensive cover offered; but also the personal service given by the representatives. I have dealt with them enough to trust their recommendations and know that I can rely on them to sort out the details for me.”

K&S Childcare

2019-07-22T14:00:58+00:00

K&S Childcare

“My reason for using Pound Gates is based around their comprehensive cover offered; but also the personal service given by the representatives. I have dealt with them enough to trust their recommendations and know that I can rely on them to sort out the details for me.”
“I have used Pound Gates since I opened my new setting, my first day-care setting with no experience. When I needed advice, Henry has been swift at assistance, which has made me feel like my business matters and I’m not just another setting. Unique, understanding and helpful are three ways to describe the service I receive.”

Little Monsters Childcare

2019-07-22T14:01:59+00:00

Little Monsters Childcare

“I have used Pound Gates since I opened my new setting, my first day-care setting with no experience. When I needed advice, Henry has been swift at assistance, which has made me feel like my business matters and I’m not just another setting. Unique, understanding and helpful are three ways to describe the service I receive.”
“After being with my current insurer for almost 22 years it is a big move, changing companies. Shirley from Pound Gates’ nursery support team rang me and had such a nice manner and was so honest, it made me think seriously. There is not a lot of difference in what it cost, but the cover is much more agreeable and practical for a nursery business. I look forward to having a good relationship with our new insurance company.”

Cherubs Childcare

2019-07-22T14:00:11+00:00

Cherubs Childcare

“After being with my current insurer for almost 22 years it is a big move, changing companies. Shirley from Pound Gates’ nursery support team rang me and had such a nice manner and was so honest, it made me think seriously. There is not a lot of difference in what it cost, but the cover is much more agreeable and practical for a nursery business. I look forward to having a good relationship with our new insurance company.”
“Shirley Mills, who handles our renewals and sales is efficient and friendly, and not pushy as a salesperson. She is a pleasure to do business with.”

Claremont Day Nursery

2019-07-22T13:57:47+00:00

Claremont Day Nursery

“Shirley Mills, who handles our renewals and sales is efficient and friendly, and not pushy as a salesperson. She is a pleasure to do business with.”
“There is always somebody to talk to and fully explain any queries I have. There aren’t frequent staff changes so feel part of the caring family.”

Edelweiss Day Care Nursery

2019-07-22T13:51:59+00:00

Edelweiss Day Care Nursery

“There is always somebody to talk to and fully explain any queries I have. There aren’t frequent staff changes so feel part of the caring family.”
“Thank you for the speed and efficiency with which this has all been dealt. I am so impressed. I wish all my service providers were as efficient and friendly!”

Shrewsbury Prepatoria

2019-07-22T14:02:22+00:00

Shrewsbury Prepatoria

“Thank you for the speed and efficiency with which this has all been dealt. I am so impressed. I wish all my service providers were as efficient and friendly!”
“Thank you so much to Craig Albon for dealing with our claim and making a stressful time so un-stressful.”

Little Gems Day Nursery

2019-07-22T14:03:03+00:00

Little Gems Day Nursery

“Thank you so much to Craig Albon for dealing with our claim and making a stressful time so un-stressful.”

“Sian Drennhaus, who I dealt with, was wonderful, she was knowledgeable, quick at coming back to me and always makes an effort to compete and gain the business. I look forward to booking more cases on cover.”


Connect Insurance Brokers Ltd

2019-07-22T13:54:46+00:00

Connect Insurance Brokers Ltd

“Sian Drennhaus, who I dealt with, was wonderful, she was knowledgeable, quick at coming back to me and always makes an effort to compete and gain the business. I look forward to booking more cases on cover.”