Quote Detective

Specialists in getting you the best value insurance, no matter your age, penalties or type of car.

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Twenty years ago David Harlow started a non-standard motor broker called Insure your motor and built it up over the next twelve years into a company with a GWP of over £50M and a staff of circa 130. Along the way, he was joined by Craig Dunckley (now Managing Director of Quote Detective) and Gareth Evans (now Pricing Director).

When David sold the business in 2012 the three kept in touch and believed that there were still opportunities to build a bigger, better and more customer focussed organisation. So David came out of hibernation and the others left Brightside where they’d be working to start work on Quote Detective.

The team were convinced that the future of non-standard broking was a hybrid of good old fashioned broking (quality and service) and cutting edge technology giving the best possible prices. They looked at existing software houses but found many limitations:

  • Other brokers all had the same basic rates and would fight each other to the top of comparison sites by just knocking off their commission.
  • Non-standard risks were poorly served and incorrectly priced
  • Aggregator pricing was wrong because brokers weren’t performing validation or linking into real-time MI
  • On the complex risks customers were getting little choice as brokers opted out.

Quote Detective therefore decided to partner with Next Venture to design and build something special – a system which allowed us to quote on complex niche motor risks without the restrictions of a standard software house. Coupled with a highly efficient back-office system this made the new operation unique.


Whereas many brokers are limited to churning out standard rates our system is bespoke and obtains pricing information from:

  • Software houses
  • Polaris
  • Insurer hosted portals
  • Bespoke insurer pricing
  • Enrichment and validation

Back office abilities

  • An enhanced internal question set ensuring accurate quoting on non-standard risks
  • Streamlined referrals to suit each insurer
  • Combining multiple quotes
  • Ability to add/modify questions at the insurer’s request

This recipe continues to be highly successful and in 2018 Quote Detective were shortlisted as Start up broker of the year by Insurance Age magazine.

Quote Detective moves to larger offices and plans 40 new jobs at Mamhilad Park Estate

May 6th, 2019|Categories: Quote Detective|

A Pontypool-based specialist insurance broker has been able to manage its impressive growth without leaving its home, thanks to the flexibility of the business park where it is based. The rapidly-expanding Quote Detective, which is based at Mamhilad Business Park, was able to stay at the park when it needed larger premises. The business, which specialises in non-standard motor insurance, has recently moved to a 7,000 sq ft office with plans to boost its workforce from its current 80 to 120 by the end of this year. The insurance broker [...]

Booming insurance broker Quote Detective to take on more staff

April 13th, 2018|Categories: Quote Detective|

It’s fair to say things are going quite well for Gwent insurance broker Quote Detective. The firm, based in Pontypool, recently saw its turnover hit £1.8 million on GWP of £12 million – a leap from £500,000 turnover on £3 million GWP in February last year. That surge in growth has now prompted the company to unveil new plans – including a host of business signings. Staff levels at the firm have increased from an initial 13 to 45 already – and now jobs are poised to be boosted even [...]

An insurance firm is creating 30 new jobs and it’s starting to recruit now

January 25th, 2018|Categories: Quote Detective|

Quote Detective is looking for people to fill both sales and customer service positions An insurance broker is planning to recruit more than 30 new staff over the next year. Quote Detective, which is based in Pontypool, already employs 38 people and is hoping to almost double that figure to 70 by next January. It is looking for people to fill both sales and customer service positions. Quote Detective chief executive David Harlow said: “Quote Detective is a phone-based insurance business. We have plans to boost our workforce up to [...]

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