Sunshine Coast Council applauds local national industry award winner
  • Tuesday 14 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council will today congratulate local company A&G Insurance Services – aka Budget Direct – for winning two major industry awards.

A&G have been named Money magazine’s Insurer of the Year for their ‘excellence in product offering’, and have also been awarded ATA National Call Centre of the Year.

Council actively works with partners to attract investment to the region and today will recognise the contribution made by A&G Insurance Services (A&G) in developing initiatives that have delivered investment, business, careers and jobs to the region.

A&G Insurance Services has recently joined with Council and other regional business leaders to promote the Sunshine Coast as a business investment destination of choice through the Natural Advantage program.

A&G is a major Coast employer, with more than 250 staff based at its $8 million purpose-built Sunshine Coast office, issuing more than 30,000 insurance policies each month from the region to people throughout Australia.

A&G Director of Call Centre Operations Gerry O’Shaughnessy said the success achieved by the Sunshine Coast call centre was a team goal and clearly demonstrates the region as a great location from which to conduct national business.

"We have always been pleased with our original decision to make a significant investment on the Sunshine Coast and the local team continues to prove time and time again what a great decision this has been for the company.

"These awards are recognition that you can be a leader in corporate Australia from a key regional centre – you don’t need to be in a capital city to be the best team in Australia," he said.

Business and Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Lew Brennan, commended the company for their back to back award win, on behalf of the local business and general community.

"This is a great win for A&G and for our region and I thank Gerry and his team for their commitment to the region by investing heavily in their operations and for providing hundreds of challenging jobs," he said.

"The team have proven that the Sunshine Coast is a competitive destination from which to conduct national business and be recognised as a leader in the field.

"As a Council initiative designed to grow existing investment, and attract leading companies and new capital investment to the region, we are delighted to have A&G with their nationally recognised brand Budget Direct involved in the Natural Advantage program."

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