Insurance firm marks half century

Moreland Insurance Brokers directors Alan Johnston (left) and Maurice Logie (right) with members of staff at the Hamilton base.
Moreland Insurance Brokers directors Alan Johnston (left) and Maurice Logie (right) with members of staff at the Hamilton base.

Moreland Insurance Brokers is celebrating its 50th birthday and is looking to maintain and develop links with the business community.

The company was set up by Willie Moreland in a small shop front in Merry Street, Motherwell, in 1964 and moved to Hamilton ten years ago as the business expanded, now being based in Cadzow Street.

Director Maurice Logie said: “In the early days Willie was kept busy, especially on Saturday mornings, when he used his small shop front premises to collect payments over the counter for home and car insurance.

“The business had certainly changed in scope over the years with 85 per cent of business we now handle being commercial insurance for businesses in Lanarkshire and the West
of Scotland.

“Our staff over the years have played a key role in the development of the company, with an average length of service of ten years”.

Fellow director Alan Johnston, who is now in his 17th year with the company, added: “We even had one member of staff, Arthur Connor from Wishaw, who spent 41 years with the company.”

In the past, the company have expanded by acquisition, for example taking over J R Russell & Co in Wishaw, and in the last few months Knowetop Insurance in Motherwell.