National Farmers’ Union President Minette Batters officially opened the new Blackburn office at Fairfield Business Park in Clayton-Le-Dale today (Tuesday 12 February).
From left to right: Amy McWhirter (commercial insurance advisor), Matt Boothby (assistant agent), Minette Batters (NFU President), Nick Murphy (senior NFU group secretary), David Hall (NFU North West Regional Director), Abby Greenbank (personal insurance advisor) Katy Wilcock (financial service co-ordinator and personal insurance advisor), Donna Sharples (personal assistant) and Cheryl Lambert (commercial insurance advisor).
Blackburn’s senior group secretary Nick Murphy, who recently received an award on behalf of his team for being the best performing NFU North West office in 2018, moved his set-up away from the Gatehouse on Whalley New Road in the centre of Blackburn for strategic reasons.
Katy Wilcock (financial service co-ordinator and personal insurance advisor) Abby Greenbank (personal insurance advisor)
Mr Murphy who has been in charge of the NFU Blackburn office for 22 years said: “We wanted to be nearer to our 100 farmer and grower members as well as our insurance clients.”
Minette Batters talks to Helen Drinkall
Nick and his team of six full time staff have been operating out of the new modern offices for the past 14 months and say it’s a more professional and adequate setting that caters for the needs of the £3.3 million business – allowing it to prosper.
A local lad, 53-year-old Nick has lived in the Blackburn area all his life and currently lives in Darwen with his family.
James Seedall and Douglas Wallbank
When cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of the new office, President Minette Batters said: “It’s a real privilege to officially open the NFU Blackburn office for Nick who does a fantastic job for his members in this part of the world.”