From where we started to where we are today.

1980 - 2021 Timeline

A selection of stories from the past 40 years

Where it all began

In 1980 Ballantyne, McKean and Sullivan was founded as a specialist North American non-marine treaty reinsurance broker. Find out more

From Abacus to AI

Sue Lashmar one of BMS original employees remembers the days before technology. Find out more

The first electronic placement at Lloyd’s

In 2011, BMS was part of the first ever fully electronic placement via iPad at Lloyd’s, where the traditional Lloyd’s slip became an electronic story. Find out more

Establishing the first ever Risk Retention Group

In the early 1980s, BMS broker Steve Nunn achieved the first ever Risk Retention Group (RRG) placement into the reinsurance market Find out more

Climbing Everest in the Alps

The epic expedition took place over four days at the end of February 2018, raising vital funds for research into paediatric brain tumours. Find out more

BMS Innovation Lab launched

In 2018 BMS Innovation Lab was launched to explore the future of Insurtech. Find out more

Supporting local communities – Lloyd’s reading partners programme

Established in 1989, Lloyd’s Community Programme (LCP) is one of the longest-running business volunteering initiatives in London. Find out more

BMS in Hollywood – helping movies to get made

Association with the film business is a long and relatively unknown part of BMS’s range of specialities. Find out more

Turning data into directions

BMS is proud to offer unique risk insights to clients through our award winning BMS iVision™ platform Find out more

Reaching out around the world

From one small room at the end of Fenchurch Street to worldwide coverage 40 years later, BMS has expanded across a number of international hubs. Find out more

A catalyst for change - establishing the Griffin

The Griffin Insurance Association Ltd was a Mutualised solution formed in the mid-80s Find out more

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Our most popular social media post Find out more

Success is a ‘two metre’ slip

The California Earthquake Authority Placement by BMS London. Find out more

Out in the cold - sleeping rough to support homeless children

Over the last four years BMS Re has been a passionate supporter and fundraiser for Covenant House. Find out more

Industry appreciation and recognition

BMS has always set a high standard and over its 40 years has received the recognition and acclaim of its industry peers. Find out more

Supporting optimum health and wellbeing

In 2018, BMS launched ‘thrive’, a new integrated health and wellbeing programme to meet the needs of its expanding and diverse global workforce. Find out more

Weathering the storm(s)

Andy Siffert joined BMS in September 2012 and currently serves a unique role as Vice President and in-house Senior Meteorologist. Find out more

Challenging the traditional broker model

The Canadian Affinity business was built with the objective to disrupt and challenge the traditional broker model Find out more