The CII Group has announced that its 2007 membership grew to just under 92,000 members, representing a 7.2% increase on 2006.

The growth in membership has swelled following a number of partnership arrangements with leading general insurance providers, including Zurich, the AXA-owned brokers Stuart Alexander, Smart & Cook, Layton Blackham, and Towergate.

CII President Lord Hunt said: I am delighted that more individuals, as well as the companies in which they work, see the value of joining the industry’s professional body.

Trust and the value of professionalism in the financial services sector are under intense scrutiny. This period of growth provides a compelling counter-argument to those who question the value of professional advice and the first-class work of the insurance industry.