Cosgroves began in the year 2000, inspired by a Bank Manager friend who perceived Mark’s attention-to-detail and attention-to-people as a good fit for insurance. The timing was right, and with training and support from an industry mentor, Mark launched his own business in Christchurch’s CBD. Cosgrove Survival Specialists was born.
From small beginnings, the business grew progressively, not through advertising or ‘hard-sell’ but through good old-fashioned ‘word of mouth’ and hard work. Many successful referrals, together with the acquisition of a second brokering business in 2009 have led to further expansion. Today, with the support of three skilled administration staff, Cosgroves operates on the outskirts of Christchurch in a rural setting the team finds both relaxing and conducive to high productivity. A move initially brought about by the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011, the purpose-built offices and surrounding 11 acres are far removed from the ‘war zone’ that was once the city’s CBD. It’s from here that the Cosgroves team focusses on highly professional, individualised, and well thought out cover for their clients.
Cosgroves’ specialist focus is on business and farming. Ninety percent of the client-base are business owners; fifty percent of these are farmers. Clients are spread throughout the South Island; many coming as referrals via accountants and lawyers who rely on Cosgroves in-depth understanding of the diverse insurance needs of these clients. As an impartial consultancy firm, Cosgroves tailors an individualised plan to best protect business owners both professionally and personally.
In business and in life, hoping for the best is something that comes quite naturally. At Cosgroves, we share a very positive outlook for a bright future, but we also know that ‘hoping for the best whilst preparing for the worst’ is the wisest form of future planning. We specialise in personal, business and farming insurance.
Whether you are a first homebuyer, building, refinancing, consolidating debt or purchasing an investment property we are here to help. We can also assist with business lending needs, asset financing for your business and personal vehicle financing. As independent advisers we have access to a wide range of lenders to find the best solution for you.