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About Lloyd’s

Understanding the Corporation

First things first: we’re not an insurance company. Nor are we connected with any bank. 

Lloyd’s is actually a market, where risks that need to be covered are put to insurers who can provide protection, ensuring that social and economic progress can continue across the globe. 

And as a Corporation, we enable that protection; managing the space and overseeing all aspects of the business.


of the FTSE 250 work with us


Claims paid by the Lloyd’s market in the last decade


Employees globally


Countries and territories


Coverholder locations




of our leadership roles are filled by women

Statistics taken from our 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report and 2021 full year results.

Our past

In the 17th century, London's importance as a trade centre led to increasing demand for ship and cargo insurance. 

Edward Lloyd's coffee house became recognised as the place to go for marine information and soon for insurance, too - and it's here that the Lloyd's we know today began. 

From those beginnings in a coffee shop in 1688, Lloyd’s has been a pioneer in insurance and has grown over 330 years to become the world’s leading market for specialist insurance.