November sees Europe's leading affinity insurance provider, SPB, open their new UK head office at Enterprise House in Portsmouth. The company provides insurance for mobile devices including phones, tablets and laptops to consumers, schools and businesses. It has been based across the Solent, in Ryde on the Isle of Wight since 2001.

The business has seen impressive growth based on customers increased dependence on smartphones and tablets which are vulnerable to accidental damage or loss or theft. The company has seen headcount double in the last 6 months and is opening the new Portsmouth office from 1st November in order to support its expansion. SPB UK is part of SPB Group, headquartered in France and still owned by the family that founded it some 50 years ago. SPB is the largest provider of mobile device insurance in Europe.

Colin Whitehair, who joined the business at the start of the year as Managing Director said: "We are very pleased to be expanding into the new offices; Portsmouth is a fantastic location. The island served the business well for over a decade and we are delighted that so many of our staff have chosen to stay with us in Portsmouth. We have big plans for the future, and we need to support further growth with strategic partners. We will be looking to employ more staff from the local Portsmouth area."

SPB UK & Ireland consists of two companies regulated by the FCA to provide insurance, Citymain Administrators Ltd and Burnett & Associates.

The French owned group is the European leader in affinity insurances and services for more than 100 major brands, with operations in 12 countries including France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Tunisia as well as the UK.

SPB offers unique expertise in designing and managing tailor-made white labelled insurance programmes, warranty extensions and related services for banking products, mobile phones and devices, household needs and everyday goods.