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Merenda & Co was founded in March 1966 by Rene Merenda an Underwriter for some 25 years in the world renowned insurance Market of Lloyd’s in the City of London. Armed with this invaluable experience he started the brokerage to provide access to Motor Insurance to the provinces with the leading insurers and Lloyd’s Underwriters of the time.

Motor insurance was costly in those days, Comprehensive cover was beyond the reach of most and Third Party Fire & Theft was not easily afforded by most people. A good premium in those days was 30 shillings (30 Bob! or £1.50. depending on your date of birth). Realising this he introduced weekly instalments making motor insurance more affordable for the people of Essex.

From a telephone on a coffee table in the hall at home to the sophisticated computer technology now required to transact business with the modern insurer the lessons of “Merry” Merenda’s early success have not been lost.

Great store has always been placed on breadth of experience and knowledge to protect the interests of the clients, many of whom have continued to insure through Merenda & Co for over 40 years.

The company has always been able to insure the unusual as well as the more everyday risks one might expect of Home, Car & Business.

Got a Wheel Chair? or a Beach Hut? We arrange cover on them.

We have had many years of arranging insurance for our clients possessions big and small. This enables us to arrange sound protection with the leading insurers in the country at highly competitive rates.

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