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Zurich and digital mortgage broker Habito announce partnership

Swindon, July 26, 2017

Global insurance company, Zurich today announces a new UK partnership with digital mortgage broker Habito. Zurich will partner with the London based start-up to provide life and critical illness protection products to their customers.   

Habito, launched in April 2016, uses a combination of technology and industry-leading mortgage experts to deliver the best possible mortgage for their customers. They aggregate thousands of products across the market in seconds to find the best deal for each individual's circumstances. It can all be done online, 24/7 from any connected device.   

As part of the partnership Habito has built an option into their customer journey for customers to explore and review their protection insurance needs.  And, if they chose to, they will have the ability to apply online in under 5 minutes, providing them with instant cover. 

Chris Atkinson, Zurich’s Head of Consumer Distribution said, “This is an exciting time for the fintech industry and we’re investing heavily in our own customer journey to deliver an outstanding digital experience. The way people manage their money and buy products is changing. Our partnership with Habito's groundbreaking services allows customers with a protection need, an intuitive and easy to use solution.” 

Daniel Hegarty, founder and CEO of Habito said, “We’re really excited to partner with Zurich to offer this tailored service to our customers. For most people a mortgage is the biggest financial commitment they will ever make and at Habito we’re constantly looking for ways to ensure the application experience is as easy and transparent as possible. Giving them the option to seamlessly protect themselves through life and critical illness insurance products is another important way we can do this.” 

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For more information, journalists can contact Nicola Cannings on 07976 037 701 or nicola.cannings@uk.zurich.com 

Notes to Editors 

Zurich in the UK 
Zurich provides a suite of general insurance and life insurance products to retail and corporate customers. The UK General Insurance division supplies personal, commercial and local authority insurance through a variety of distribution channels. Zurich’s UK Life business* offers a range of personal protection, pensions and investment policies available through financial intermediaries.  UK life also provides protection and pensions policies for the corporate market available through employee benefit consultants. 
Based at 21 locations all across the UK - with large sites in Birmingham, Cardiff, Farnborough, Glasgow, London, Swindon and Whiteley - Zurich employs approximately 7,000 people in the UK. 


Zurich Globally 
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With more than 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) program, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com. 

*Zurich’s UK Life business is operated primarily through two entities: Zurich Assurance Ltd and Sterling ISA Managers Ltd.   Zurich Assurance Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.  Sterling ISA Managers Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

About Habito 

Habito is the UK’s digital mortgage broker, using technology to bring the mortgage application process into the 21st century. Simple, fast & honest, homeowners can be sure they’re getting the best mortgage on the market for the first time. No jargon, no fees and no misinformation. 

Habito is backed by Ribbit Capital and Mosaic Ventures, with angel investors including Transferwise CEO Taavet Hinrikus, Funding Circle’s founder Samir Desai and Yuri Milner. 

For more information visit: www.habito.com 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/habito