THE SAXON STORY

 

It all started when…

The history of insurance in the Cise family dates back to 9th July 1857, when Mr Joseph Dash was born in Penzance, Cornwall, England. Father to six children, Cyril, Elsie, Gladys, William, Stanley and Percy, Joseph Dash was an insurance agent as recorded on his children's birth and marriage certificates and on the census. 

Humble beginnings, from Penzance Cornwall

Humble beginnings, from Penzance Cornwall

Joseph Dash had a long career, spanning over 50 years working for The Refuge Assurance Company of Oxford Street, Manchester. His official title was Superintendent of Insurance Agents, meaning he was in charge of other agents. Back in the 1890s, when Joseph Dash was selling insurance, the insurance market was well established, which started from mainly insuring vessels and their shipments. However, Joseph Dash was a seller of life assurance, which often involved knocking on doors to sell assurance to the residents.

Time went by from the early days of insurance and the way insurance was sold evolved. In around 1688, Edward Lloyd opened his first coffee shop on Tower Street in London. The Lloyd’s name still lives on with the famous Lloyd’s of London building on Lime Street opening in 1986. Now the hub of global insurance, yet it is still old-fashioned in the way business is transacted, often face-to-face or in one of the local establishments, as it was done back in the coffee shops. 

Lime Street, London: The global centre for Insurance.

Lime Street, London: The global centre for Insurance.

Fast forward to July 2003, exactly 146 years since Joseph Dash was born, Samuel Cise, his great-great-grandson started his career in insurance, at the time not knowing the legacy he was restarting. Spending over 14 years being employed by blue chip worldwide insurance brokers, managing very high profile High Net Worth Clients, Samuel started to learn about his family connection to the insurance industry. That’s when it all fell into place and Samuel knew the time had come to continue his family legacy and start his own insurance agency. In 2017, some 160 years since the birth of Joseph Dash, Saxon Insurance Brokers was created.