Key facts about Ecclesiastical

Ecclesiastical is an independent, specialist financial services group, with a strong portfolio of insurance, investment management, broking and advisory businesses. Headquartered in the UK, we also have businesses in Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

  • Established in 1887 to protect churches and church buildings against the risk of fire, we now provide tailored, specialist insurance solutions for charities, the education, real estate and faith sectors, contemporary and heritage buildings, homes and fine art. 
  • In the UK, we're the market leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings and with other insurers, we protect 10 of the UK's World Heritage sites including Stonehenge and Canterbury Cathedral.
  • In the UK, we insure more than 48,000 charities and over 40% of independent schools.
  • We are the leading insurer for the Anglican Church in all our territories, insuring more than 22,000 churches of all denominations including the Church of England, Church in Wales, Scottish Episcopal Church and United Reform Church. We are the leading multi-faith insurer of synagogues and mosques in all our territories.
  • Worldwide we insure over £305bn of property.
  • We offer a range of ethically screened investment funds through our award-winning investment management business, EdenTree Investment Management, and have around £2.7bn of funds under management.
  • Our specialist brokers, SEIB and Lycetts, provide tailored insurance products for customers in the high net worth, farming and rural estates, equine, animal trades and specialist motor insurance sectors.
  • Our advisory businesses EFAS and Lycetts Financial Services offer financial advice to companies and individual customers.
  • In 2017, we achieved a pre-tax profit of £82.0m (2016: £62.5m) and an underwriting profit of £27.1m (2016: £27.1m). Our investment returns in 2017 were £72.3m (2016: £54.4m).
  • We granted £27.5m to charity in 2017 – £26m in grants to Allchurches Trust, with £1.5m given by Ecclesiastical to other charitable causes.
  • Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five corporate donors to charity in the 2017-18 UK Directory of Social Change Guide to Company Giving. Other 2017 awards include Better Society Awards Insurance Company of the Year for the second year running, the most trusted home insurance provider in UK Fairer Finance rankings for the fourth time and MoneyFacts Best Ethical Investment Provider for the ninth consecutive year.

Our most recent awards

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