esure

Known for its TV advertisements featuring Michael Winner, Esure provides insurance and owns the female car insurance brand Sheilas’ Wheels. Direct Line founder Peter Wood set up the firm in 2000, and led a management buyout in 2010 backed by Penta Capital’s Tosca Penta Investments, which bought Lloyds Banking Group’s 70% stake for a reported £185m. Stuart Vann is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank20
Companyesure
ActivityInsurance provider
LocationReigate, Surrey
Sales £m513.0
Operating profit £m78.2
Main shareholdersPeter Wood (44%), Tosca Penta Investments (45%), management (11%)
Staff1,364
Founded2000
Websitewww.esure.com

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