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Through our newly formed Ministry of Giving, we announced donations of £100,000 over two years to four charities. The charities receiving the donations are Llamau, Maggie’s, Royal Voluntary Service and Wooden Spoon and the funding will enable them to fund tangible and sustainable projects in the cities where our UK offices are based.
World's Best Workplace!
We were named the 20th best workplace in the world in the annual 25 Great Place to Work’s World’s Best Workplaces list. More than 12 million employees from over 7,000 companies around the globe participated in the survey process which assessed employees’ views on leadership, organisational culture, and trust.
Admiral welcomed its 10,000th employee who has started work in the company’s Claims department in Cardiff. When we launched in 1993, we had just 57 members of staff based in Cardiff. 25 years later, we now employ 10,000 members of staff in eight different countries across the world.
ConTe is 10!
ConTe.it celebrates its 10th birthday
4 million cars!
Admiral insured it 4 millionth car meaning we now insure 1 in 7 cars in the UK. The first car we insured was an Isuzu Piazza Turbo Coupe 2 Door Saloon and our four millionth car is a Peugeot 108.
Admiral is 25!
Admiral celebrates its 25th birthday. Launched on 2nd January 1993 with just one brand, zero customers and 57 members of staff, Admiral now has 15 brands around the world with over 5 million customers, and 9,000 members of staff (over 6,300 of these in South Wales).
Travel Insurance Launch
The first Admiral travel insurance policy is sold
World’s best workplaces
Great Place to Work named Admiral Group the 23rd best workplace in the world in the seventh annual 25 World’s Best Workplaces list. We qualified due to a number of our operations around the world making the Best Workplaces list in their respective countries.
Admiral Group was named the 6th Best Multinational Workplace in Europe by the Great Place to Work Institute as well as being recognised for being in the list for 15 years. To appear in this list, a company has to be recognised as a great place to work in at least three countries.
Admiral launched a personal loans solution.
15 years old
Confused.com celebrated it's 15th birthday with a big party!
As well as coming 2nd in Best Big Companies to Work For, Admiral Group received a special award for Discovering Potential and CEO David Stevens won Best Leader.
Admiral Group exceeded the 5 million customers mark
New for Confused.com
The world's most famous driver James Corden stars in Confused.com's new TV ad campaign, that sees us return to focus on the driver finding savings on motor products, as well as championing driver's rights.
Our American direct insurer Elephant Auto expanded into two new states - Indiana and Tennessee.
A new CEO
David Stevens became the new CEO of Admiral Group.
Surprise staff gift
Henry Engelhardt and wife Diane announced a surprise parting gift at our annual Staff General Meeting, revealing they would give £1,000 to all full time employees and £500 to all part time employees across the Group.
Best Leader for the third time
CEO Henry Engelhardt won the Best Leader award at the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For awards ceremony for the 3rd year running, coming first in the leadership category for big companies. Admiral Group came 6th in the list of Best Big Companies To Work For.
Three in a row!
Admiral Group were named the Best Motor Insurance Provider in the Personal Finance Awards for the third time in a row. The results of these awards are based entirely on consumer votes and aim to celebrate the best businesses and products within the UK’s personal finance markets.
We launched a brand new website called Carfused.com. Carfused is the one-stop shop that brings you insurance, finance and a huge range of used and new cars together all in one place, completely free to use and linked with Confused.com.
Henry Engelhardt's announcement
Admiral Group’s CEO and founder Henry Engelhardt announced he would be stepping down from his role as CEO in one year’s time. He also announced co-founder and COO David Stevens will be his replacement.
Admiral's head office
Admiral Group’s new headquarters, Tŷ Admiral, was officially opened by members of the Welsh rugby team. Staff numbers continued to grow, with over 7,000 staff employed by the Admiral Group globally
5th best company
Admiral Group was named the 5th Best Company to Work For in the UK’s Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. We also received a special recognition award for being the only company in the list for 15 years since the competition began and CEO Henry Engelhardt won the Best Leader award for the second year running
Our first brand new office
Our new Newport office, Admiral House was officially opened by members of the Welsh rugby team
Our own law firms
Admiral Group’s law firms, Admiral Law and BDE Law, were launched in the UK
Our fourth price comparison site, Compare.com launched in the USA, originally named comparenow.com
20 years old
Admiral Group celebrated its 20th birthday and said thank you to all its staff
On the 18th December, Admiral starting selling household insurance in the UK
Group turnover topped the £2 billion mark
Qualitas Auto launched
The Group’s second Spanish direct insurance brand, Qualitas Auto launched
Best Large Company
Admiral Group was named the Best Large Place to Work in the UK by the Great Place to Work Institute. Henry Engelhardt said, “Our position is based on what our employees think about working for Admiral, which makes it very gratifying. Everyone here works incredibly hard to make Admiral the success it is and we want to make coming to work as enjoyable and rewarding as possible”
Top 10 companies
After 10 consecutive years in the list, Admiral Group featured in the top 10 of the Best Companies To Work For awards for the first time
L'olivier – assurance auto launched
L'olivier – assurance auto, our direct insurance operation in France, was launched in Paris
A very Welsh sponsorship
The Admiral logo appeared on the Welsh rugby kit for the first time as Wales took on Australia. Admiral’s sponsorship of the WRU is our biggest sponsorship and continues to the present day. Staff enjoy free tickets to home games, discount on Welsh jerseys and visits from players to our offices
Le Lynx.fr launched
Le Lynx.fr, the Group's third price comparison website, launched in Paris, France
Group turnover topped the £1 billion mark
Elephant Auto launched
Elephant Auto launched in Richmond, Virginia, selling car insurance in the US. It currently operates in Virginia, Maryland, Illinois and Texas
Rastreator.com, the Group's second price comparison website, launched in Madrid, Spain
Admiral spread its wings further by opening an office in Newport
ConTe.it, our Italian direct insurance company, launched in Rome
Admiral Group was the second ever Welsh company to join the FTSE 100
Admiral Group’s first non-UK car insurance brand, Balumba.es launched in Seville, Spain
Admiral led the way
Admiral launched MultiCar, allowing UK customers to insure two or more cars with us on the same policy, with all cars eligible for a discount
National Employer of the Year 2005
The Admiral Group is named Employer of the Year at the National Business Awards 2005
Confused.com won award
Confused.com won the National E-Commerce Award for Best Sales and Marketing
Welsh Company of the Year 2005
Admiral Group wins Welsh Company of the Year for the second time at the Western Mail Welsh Business Awards - we were the only Welsh Company to do this
Admiral Group exceeded the 1 million customers mark
National Business of the Year 2004
Admiral Group is named Business of the Year at the National Business Awards
Admiral floated at £2.75
The Admiral Group floated on the London Stock Exchange with an initial share price of £2.75 and market capitalisation of £711 million. At the same time, Admiral Group became the highest valued public company in Wales
The Claims department received its one-millionth claim
Admiral made the Great Places To Work list for the first time, at position 7
Munich Re showed its confidence in Admiral by buying an 18.6% share of the company
Welsh Business Achiever of the Year 2002
Henry Engelhardt is named Welsh Business Achiever of the Year at the Western Mail Welsh Business Awards
Confused.com was launched, becoming the Group's sixth brand. Confused.com was the UK's first insurance aggregator and still remains one of the leading price comparison sites in the UK
Admiral Group made it into The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the first time at position 32
Admiral Group launched its fifth brand, elephant.co.uk. It was the UK's first insurer to offer a complete online solution to car insurance
Henry Engelhardt led a management buy-out of the Admiral Group from the Brockbank Group, backed by Barclays Private Equity
Welsh Company of the Year 1999
Admiral Group was named Welsh Company of the Year at the Welsh Business Awards, an achievement everyone was very proud of
Gladiator launched in the UK
Gladiator launched as a commercial vehicle insurance intermediary, selling van insurance on behalf of some of the largest commercial vehicle insurers in the UK
Our Diamond brand was created especially for women motorists who traditionally have less expensive claims
Our Bell brand was originally aimed at those with zero no claims bonus
Admiral expands beyond Cardiff and opens a new office in Swansea
On the internet
Admiral's website went live, making it the first UK direct insurer with an internet presence
First ever advert
The first ever Admiral TV Advert was broadcast
The Admiral launch
Admiral launched in Cardiff with just one brand, zero insured vehicles and 57 members of staff. The first Admiral insurance policy was sold over the telephone on 2nd January at 9.10 a.m