HONCHO, the UK’s first reverse auction marketplace for financial services, has announced a series of key developments in its path to launch.
The business, which earlier this year successfully over-funded on Crowdcube to secure £830,000 of investment, has become the first reverse auction marketplace to be welcomed as an Associate Member of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA).
BIBA is the official trade association of insurance brokers and intermediaries in the UK, and the principal lobbying body with FCA, the Government, the EU and the ABI (Association of British Insurers). Following a robust approval process, honcho has now been appointed as an Associate Member.
Chief executive officer, Gavin Sewell, said: “We’re now very close to launching to market, and as such are putting in place the final aspects we need ahead of this. We’re especially thrilled to have become the first ever business of our kind to be approved for BIBA membership, and are looking forward to using this to change the way insurance works forever.”
In preparation for launch, the insurance industry disrupter has also appointed global marketing agency Social Chain to undertake their social media marketing launch in Q1 2019.
The agency, which has offices in Manchester, London, New York and Berlin, counts global brands including Superdry, Apple Music and Amazon amongst its clients.
Social Chain has been appointed to launch honcho via a unique and exciting awareness-building campaign targeting early adopters amongst the UK’s young drivers. The initial campaign will span influencer marketing, the agency’s own media house, Media Chain, as well as organic and paid social media channels.
Commenting on honcho, Dominic McGregor, COO and co-founder of Social Chain said: “honcho is a company we’ve had a long relationship with and seeing them raise funds and grow is a huge success for the Northern Powerhouse. We are excited to have been appointed their lead marketing agency as they look to a social-first launch in the coming months.”
For the launch, Social Chain will work alongside honcho’s lead PR agency, PR Agency One. In other news, honcho has also successfully completed recruitment for its launch team with two more senior hires. Graeme Stoker has been appointed as chief digital officer (CDO) and will be responsible for digital, media and marketing, including managing the brand’s marketing agencies.
honcho has also hired chief product officer (CPO) Tom Spence who joins from Barclays Bank where he was head of digital adoption of Barclays’ banking app and online banking.
Commercial director at honcho Frank Speight said: “The launch team and agency appointments are now complete, and we’re delighted with the outstanding level of talent we have on board, including our CTO, Chad Crossman. We’re a disruptive business by nature and between Social Chain, Graeme and Tom, the appointments we have made reflect this. We’re passionate about offering people a real alternative to price comparison websites (PCWs) and putting customers back at the centre of the proposition, and we are confident that the team we have assembled and the partners we now have in place will help us achieve that objective.”
Finally, honcho has also just launched its new website as it moves from its old crowdfunding-focussed site to a new site that prepares for honcho’s market launch.
The website is at gethoncho.com, and was built by Newcastle-based Hedgehog Lab.