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PG Mutual Sponsoring Callum Shaikh’s World Challenge Trip – Nepal 2018

The team at PG Mutual are thrilled to be sponsoring Callum Shaikh on his World Challenge trip to Nepal in 2018.

Callum Shaikh is 16 years old and currently studying his A-Levels in Northamptonshire in Biology, Physics and ICT Web Application at sixth form. 

On the 9th July 2018, Callum, along with 18 others student and 2 teachers will depart for their expedition to Nepal. The team will remain in Nepal for just over a month to complete numerous volunteer opportunities.

In April 2015, Nepal suffered devastation within many communities due to earthquakes that rocked the nation. Much of the work that Callum and the team will be completing includes re-building schools and homes for the locals, teaching young children and organising sporting activities.

“To me, World Challenge Nepal 2018 will be an experience of a lifetime that not many people will have the opportunity to take part in”, says Callum. “The challenge will be one of the most difficult I’ve ever had to face. However, it’s going to change the lives of the locals as well as my own in ways I would never have expected. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.”

In order to complete his expedition, Callum has a sponsorship target of £4,500. This cost will cover his travel, insurance, medical and living costs. It will also cover the sports equipment and school stationary that he plans to take with him for the children of Nepal. 

Having already raised £2,000 towards his challenge, Callum is on track of reaching his goal. 

“I still have a ways to go. I have a long list of fundraising activities that will help me to reach my sponsorship goal.”

Along with fundraising, Callum faces other challenges including physical preparation for the expedition. Nepal is filled with mountains that peak at challenging altitudes and the villages that he will be volunteering within are located in difficult terrain.

In order to physically prepare for the demands of the Nepalese terrain, Callum will be completing a training expedition to Snowdonia on 11th November 2017. This will allow him to familiarise himself with the equipment and the altitude he will face. 

Mike Perry, CEO at PG Mutual said: “We are proud to be both associated and sponsoring Callum Shaikh for his World Challenge Nepal 2018 trip in his endeavours to help the Nepalese communities.”

“The whole team here at PG Mutual will be following along Callum’s journey and cheering him on as he undertakes this great challenge for a fantastic cause.”

If you would like to sponsor Callum Shaikh, you can do so by visiting his gofundme page here.

PG Mutual will continue to follow along and report on Callum’s training, preparation and sponsorship as he works towards his goal of World Challenge Nepal 2018.


A Modern Logo for a Modern Mutual

PG Mutual has unveiled its new logo to represent the modern ‘mutual’ it feels a friendly society in 2017 should reflect.  With an instant quick quote system and online claim procedure, PG Mutual has embraced technology to enhance the customer experience, whilst providing a high level of flexibility as well as achieving a 98% new claims paid rate for 2016.

The not-for-profit mutual, which was originally founded in 1928 as the Pharmaceutical and General Provident Society Ltd, has rapidly developed and diversified progressively to become the preferred income protection specialists of choice for working professionals.

The future for PG Mutual is ambitious and the team have already determined goals that are set to propel the company to even greater heights across the course of the next two years, “Planning for 2017 started last August when we wanted our new logo to represent a company that offers a safety net when it is needed most; if the unexpected happens and you cannot work due to illness or injury, your bills will still be paid.  With state benefits set to fall in real terms, income protection will become even more essential for families to have in place”.  Mike Perry, PG Mutual’s CEO said. “And, as well as protecting your income, the plan also offers an attractive investment element which builds up over the lifetime of the policy”.

PG Mutual is constantly seeking out new business opportunities wherever possible and is hoping to grow its business substantially over the next few years.  As well as being cost-effective, membership also brings with it access to additional services such as discounts and promotions from various retailers and leisure companies and, via its subsidiary PG Mutual Services, preferential offers for other health insurances such as Private Medical Insurance, Life Assurance and Over 50’s Life Cover.

“We have a strong corporate plan which details how we intend to grow: which market sectors and what additional resources and technology are required, with the focus on maintaining the high service levels our existing members expect and deserve”. Mike Perry concluded. “PG Mutual’s future has never looked brighter”.

For more information on Income Protection Plus from PG Mutual, visit www.pgmutual.co.uk or call 0800 146 307.


PG Mutual is working in conjunction with the Driving Instructors Association (DIA)

PG Mutual is working in conjunction with the Driving Instructors Association (DIA) who is the largest professional membership body for driver and rider trainers in the UK.  The new DIA Plus membership is the most comprehensive association package currently available for driver and rider trainers. DIA Plus membership includes enhanced discounts on DIA Shop, CPD Training, Tax Services, Income Protection cover and access to a whole range of discounts/cashbacks and offers on popular brands and services such as: John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Apple, free telephone legal service and much more.  It is estimated that you could make savings of up to £350 year on goods and services you frequently buy.

DIA Plus membership is available from age 18 (minimum age at entry) to age 63 (maximum age at entry), whether employed or self-employed.

DIA Plus members benefit from income protection cover and access to exclusive member benefits for an introductory offer of only £125 per year (equivalent to £2.40 per week for the first year of membership – introductory offer ends 31st March 2017).

Highlights of the DIA PLUS Membership include:

• Income Protection
• Guaranteed acceptance
• £208 per month cover if you are off work due to an accident or illness
• Three month deferment period
• An income to supplement state sickness benefits
• No penalty for making a claim and no limit to the number of claims you make

PLUS, as an added bonus, the plan builds up an investment element, whether you claim on the plan or not, offering you a cash bonus on retirement.

“We are delighted to be part of the DIA Plus membership offering and look forward to working closely with DIA in the months ahead” says Mike Perry, CEO.

For more information on the DIA Plus membership visit the DIA website on www.thedia.co.uk/membership-plans or phone 020 8686 8010.


PG Mutual National Championships broadcast revealed

Author: Jamie Gordon of Table Tennis England

Table Tennis England has agreed broadcast rights deals with two of the UK’s biggest broadcasters this week in a new sign of the sport’s resurgence.

The 2017 PG Mutual National Championships will broadcast live on TheSPORTbible after Table Tennis England signed a deal with Europe’s largest and most successful social video publisher, TheLADbible Group.

Highlights of the tournament will also be shown on Sky Sports, home to some of Britain’s best sporting content.

The men’s doubles, women’s singles and men’s singles finals will be shown live on TheSPORTbible Facebook page on Sunday March 5th, from 2.15pm.

The deal builds on the success of England Leopard’s European Qualifying match against Greece in November, which attracted a record 2.2million unique viewers on TheSPORTbible Facebook page.

TheSPORTbible is one of the UK’s most visited sports media websites. It has more than nine-and-a-half million fans on Facebook.

The production will be provided by 1080 Media via six cameras trained on the court, with full commentary and player interviews.

In addition, highlights of the PG Mutual National Championships will be shown on Sky Sports Mix at a later date.

Sky Sports Mix is a new sports channel on Sky TV which is free to air for many viewers and shows a diverse range of sports.

Mark Taffler, Head of Commercial at Table Tennis England, said:

“I am very pleased to be working with TheSPORTbible again. The fact the leading sports website in the country wanted to take another of our live broadcasts is a real indicator as to the health of our sport in England.”

“Recent figures published by the government show that 450k people play table tennis a month. We are in the top 20 of participation sports in the country. By having a true partnership – which is what we have with TheSPORTbible – we continue to disrupt broadcast market, take our sport to new audiences and offer real value to our commercial partners.”

“2.2m people watched our England Leopards play Greece. We are very excited to see how many people will tune in to see the best talent in England battle it out!”

Paul Rayner, Publisher, TheSPORTbible, added:

“As our previous partnership with Table Tennis England demonstrated, there’s a massive global appetite for many of the mass participation sports that traditional sporting TV networks have chosen not to cover.”

“Many established players suddenly woke up when they realised over two million people watched our last tie-up, with many staying online for longer than average. We even heard from our viewers who decided to give table tennis a go at their local club.”

“We have exciting plans for 2017 and will be working with a number of sports bodies and rights owners to stream their content, but we look forward to continued co-operation with Table Tennis England, a pioneering partner.”

The PG Mutual National Championships is the most prestigious event in the English domestic calendar and is being staged in Nottingham from March 3-5.

The best 32 male and 32 female table tennis players in the country, including up to six Team GB members from London and Rio, will battle it out in singles and doubles competitions. There are also a number of para competitions on the Saturday, featuring up to eight members of the Paralympics GB squad from Rio.

Get your tickets

A limited number of spectator tickets are still available through our ticketing partner, The Ticket Factory. Click here to get your tickets.


Sovereign Health Care Partners with PG Mutual to Launch Income Protection Plus

Bradford-based cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care is expanding its product range by offering an income protection product in conjunction with PG Mutual through its newly created subsidiary company, Sovereign Assured Partners Ltd.

Income Protection Plus will pay a regular income if the policyholder is unable to work due to illness or injury, but the plus is that it also has an investment element which pays out when the policy matures.  The partnership between the two organisations will see Sovereign act as an introducer to individuals and businesses, with PG Mutual acting as the insurer.

Commenting on the new partnership, Sovereign Health Care’s chief executive Russ Piper said: “After meeting PG Mutual chief executive Mike Perry through the Association of Financial Mutuals, we quickly realised that there was a lot of synergy between the two organisations, and that Mike’s approach to business was closely matched to my own. 

“Sovereign has a history of supporting individuals and businesses with the cost of everyday health care, helping people to stay fit and well. An income protection product is a natural addition to our product offering because it can also provide financial support following accident or ill health.

“Working together to offer Income Protection Plus makes perfect sense for our organisations and I am confident that this will be a very successful working relationship for both parties.”

Income Protection Plus provides policyholders with a tailored plan that pays a regular income to those who find themselves off work due to illness or injury; Government statistics show that around 300,000 workers fall into the welfare system because of health-related issues.1 The plan is designed to try and avoid this from happening by helping to pay bills such as rent or mortgage repayments while the person recovers. Cover lasts until the policyholder returns to their career, or reaches the age of 65.

Mike Perry, PG Mutual’s chief executive said: “At PG Mutual we are always looking for ways to introduce our services to more people, and so I began expressing an interest in working with other companies in similar sectors which share our values.  Meeting Russ presented us with an excellent opportunity to achieve this and I am very excited about the future of this shared initiative.”

PG Mutual is a not for profit membership organisation that has specialised in income protection since 1928.  As a Friendly Society, PG Mutual does not have outside shareholders and returns any profits to its policyholders. 

Similarly, Sovereign Health Care doesn’t have shareholders and any surplus it makes is reinvested in the business or donated to good causes. Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest established health care cash plan providers.

For more information about Income Protection Plus, please visit www.sovereignassured.co.uk

1www.gov.uk, 2014

Around 300,000 UK workers fall into the welfare system because of health-related issues each year, with those on long-term sick leave missing out on £4 billion a year in lost earnings.

February 2016