Shaneece Deep, SME Account Handler at Russell Scanlan

Russell Scanlan Expands Team to Meet SME Demand

Russell Scanlan, Nottingham’s longest-established insurance broker, which has continued to grow both its team and client base significantly in the last 5 years, has appointed a new SME Account Handler to help handle the uplift in business activity expected in Q2 of 2023.


Shaneece Deep has joined the specialist SME team at Russell Scanlan, a business with significant experience of both commercial and SME insurance broking sectors across The Midlands and the UK. 


Despite continuing concerns regarding a potential recession and the current cost of living crisis, recent surveys are reporting an increase in the number of small and startup businesses, particularly in the hospitality and retail sectors.

As a result of this, businesses are mapping out or have started to grow their operations - a 12 per cent leap in ambition on the previous quarter.[1] Inevitably, these new and growing businesses have turned to specialist insurance brokers that demonstrate successful partnerships with these entrepreneurial firms, and Russell Scanlan is also reporting an increase in enquiries from the sector.

15 per cent of the firm’s employees now support the SME client portfolio, with more additions planned over the coming month.

On her new appointment, Shaneece said: “From the moment I walked into Russell Scanlan I felt supported and welcomed. In this new role, I also have the advantage of working within a larger team which means there’s much more knowledge and expertise under one roof. I can’t wait to leverage my experience to develop strong relationships with clients and propel the business' success further.

“Russell Scanlan has a portfolio of exceptional clients, so I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in, particularly with building new and existing relationships across Russell Scanlan’s varied client base.”

Sales and Marketing Director, Mike Dickinson adds: “Really pleased to welcome Shaneece to the Russell Scanlan team, especially as we look forward to the rest of the year. The past 12 months have seen the addition of new clients coupled with new team members as we enter a period of exciting growth.

“We look forward to watching Shaneece grow with us and in return, helping us strengthen our renowned offering to both existing and potential clients.”

Russell Scanlan is Nottingham’s longest established insurance broker, operating since 1881 and a heritage brand for the city and the region. The firm has also recently been awarded chartered status by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) for the sixth year in a row - one of only a handful of brokers in the East Midlands.