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Types of general insurance compliance services

We are problem-solvers with a deep understanding of your regulatory requirements as an insurance provider, and the increasing costs and complex compliance that go along with it.



With our expert help the authorisation process becomes more efficient and smoother, so we can have you trading much faster than going it alone


Compliance support

We aim to add value, providing practical general insurance compliance support that’s as hands-on or light-touch as you need

Audit and advisory

Audit and advisory

From audits and advisory, to CASS, TOBA reviews, supervision and financial crime, we can support you across every insurance compliance project

Wondering how long it’ll take? What your options are? Where to start? Or whether you’re ready to become authorised?

Head to our FCA authorisation FAQs

Financial crime prevention

Keep on top of your financial crime compliance and understand your responsibilities, with hands-on support from our world-class regulatory experts.



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Who we support

  • General Insurance Brokers
  • Motor Dealers
  • Insurers
  • Health
  • Call Centre Operations
  • Travel
  • MGAs
  • Commercial
  • Affinities
  • Property
  • Life
  • Gadget
And many more...
Thistle were extremely efficient throughout our FCA Application process – a potentially difficult process was made simple.


If you are developing an insurance platform or software, we can advise you as the project comes together and at each chain of events.

Ensuring you stay compliant throughout and are not faced with any nasty regulatory surprises, as you seek authorisation to come to market.

What our general insurance clients have to say

“We chose Thistle Initiatives based on their professional, honest and transparent approach. Thistle delivered precisely what they said they would and their attention to detail, pragmatism and delivery has been beyond even our own high expectations. There was an extremely tight implementation of the changeover from our previous broker and Insurer but Thistle provided exactly the support we required exactly when we needed it.

Ross and Liddell have worked collaboratively with Thistle, and we would fully endorse and recommend Thistle to any other party as they simply deliver on all promises made.”
Ross & Liddell
Ross and Liddell
“Being able to rely on Thistle Initiatives for support in submitting our annual FCA returns has proved invaluable, as was their guidance in relation to applying for FCA authorisation.

We continue to use Thistle Initiatives because of their professional and transparent approach, and because they deliver what they said they will.”
GMS Servicing
GMS Servicing Ltd
“From end to end, Thistle’s assistance with our discretionary and advisory application for FCA authorisation was fantastic. They provided a professional and efficient service assisting with all aspects; we are very satisfied with the outcome.”
Topstone Capital-1
Topstone Capital

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