9 September 2021


Guardian has announced it is joining Mortgage Intelligence’s protection panel giving the challenger access to Mortgage Intelligence’s network of over 450 advisers, as well as the 4,000+ advisers within its mortgage club ‘Next Intelligence’.  

Guardian, whose cover has been awarded gold status for the third year running by Protection Guru, joins both the network and club panels of Mortgage Intelligence and Next Intelligence respectively. The challenger will be accessible on the Whole of Market (WOM) panel and available on the Prime panel as a plus 1 option alongside the core five providers.  

Sally Laker, MD, Mortgage Intelligence, said: “We’re always looking to give our members the support, tools and training to succeed. That includes giving them access to the best propositions the market has to offer. We welcome Guardian to our protection panel and are keen to offer our members Guardian’s many innovative features, designed to give better client outcomes and certainty at claim.” 

Hilary Banks, Sales Director, Guardian, said: “We’re delighted to be joining the Mortgage Intelligence and Next Intelligence panels. For me, it’s proof that more people are recognising the value of our approach. We came along as a challenger because we knew we could do things better. Three years in and we’re winning more advocates daily. We look forward to working with Mortgage Intelligence networks, and club members, to show them how easy we are to do business with, and how we are building client trust in protection.”

Angela Davidson, Head of Protection, Mortgage Intelligence, added: “Guardian brings a fresh approach to life and critical illness cover and is the very reason we’re delighted to be working with them. Their motto ‘Life. Made Better.’ is testimony to their commitment to look at protection in a new way that best serves both clients and advisers.”

This panel appointment comes at a time when Guardian is offering all its registered advisers and their immediate families, free access to its GP 24/7 service until 31 December 2021. Provided by Guardian’s partner HealthHero, the service gives users access to a GP consultation with a UK-based doctor, at any time, on any day, from any location and device. It can be used to provide medication support, as well as private prescriptions and referrals. 

The offer of access to the service – usually only available to policyholders – has been well received by the advice community, particularly given the current healthcare context. Over 1,100 advisers have registered for the offer and 98 have used it so far. Advisers who wish to use the GP 24/7 service don’t need to have written any business with Guardian to qualify. The offer is available to all advisers who register with Guardian between now and the end of the year.  

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Notes to editors:
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Guardian Financial Services is an appointed representative of Scottish Friendly
All products are provided by Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited (SFA) and we have an agreement with them to underwrite and issue the protection policies we distribute through the UK intermediary channel. As an appointed representative of Scottish Friendly Assurance Society Limited, Guardian Financial Services Limited is the market-facing brand under which we promote our proposition and engage with advisers. 

Background to Guardian Financial Services, owned by Gryphon Group Holdings
Guardian, the new life and protection insurance business, launched in 2018 and pledged to grow the protection market. The brand promise of ‘Life. Made Better.’ reflects the company’s commitment to rethink and reinvent protection for the better; making sure customers get cover that’s easier to understand, simple to buy and designed to never let them down. 

Guardian’s business partners
Gryphon Group Holdings is majority owned by Punter Southall Group as the largest equity capital investor. Its back-end technology partner is Liss Systems, the UK arm of Nasdaq-listed EXL. Its front-end technology, branding and marketing partner is Space, UK based financial services specialists. Risk partners are Hannover Re and Gen Re.