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Laird Assessors join Connected Solutions

Industry Insights, the leading name in business consultancy services within the automotive and motor insurance sectors, has signed a new Connected Solutions Partner: Laird Assessors, who join as Associate Engineering Partner.


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Laird Assessors are the UK’s leading and award-winning independent vehicle experts serving the entire UK from a head office in Heswall on the Wirral, providing a suite of market-leading services ranging from accident damage reports and post-repair inspections to accident reconstruction, witness statement and criminal reports. 

Laird are the go-to business for expert engineering services and join 18 existing Connected Solutions Partners to deliver outstanding results for insurers, fleets, networks and mobility providers.

Collectively, the Connected Solutions businesses offer a ‘one stop shop’ or a modular solution that removes frictional costs, heat, politics, and inefficiencies from traditional supply chain models. Laird Assessors – the leading independent automotive experts in the UK, providing a range of bespoke and smart solutions to the industry – such as clever automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) – are a perfect fit within the Connected Solutions ecosystem.

Laird Assessors have also become Gold Corporate Partners to Trend Tracker, Industry Insight’s rapidly growing data and trends business. Trend Tracker, now supported by Laird Assessors, has seen continued demand for its live market data tracking and insight; with monthly reports being a critical source of information, as well as the comprehensive ‘UK Motor Claims and Body Repair Report 2022-2023’.  There has been a significant growth in subscriptions from leading insurers (80% of insurer market by GWP) and many of the leading repair networks and major service providers.

Welcoming Laird Assessors on board, Industry Insights’ Director, Steve Thompson, said:

“I have watched Laird Assessors growth from a distance and have been extremely impressed by the way they go about their business and, furthermore, the way they have embraced technology exceeds the norm in the space they operate.  They are a great fit for us and our Connected Solutions proposition, they will fit very well in our family of market leading businesses”

Nik Ellis, MD of Laird Assessors, added:

“We are thrilled and delighted to join forces with Industry Insights. This partnership opens up an incredible opportunity for us to network and collaborate with a diverse range of talented individuals. We are truly excited to embark on this journey of growth and development, as we engage with new perspectives, ideas, and expertise. Together, we aim to create a powerful synergy that will propel us to new heights in our industry.” 


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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