The La Playa Story

The La Playa Story

The story starts back in 1999 when Mark Boon, then a partner at a respected regional insurance broker, realised that too many creative organisations were buying insurance policies that were the wrong shape, the wrong size and the wrong price.

A musician himself, Mark had carved out a niche insuring music and arts organisations, professional musicians and media companies. Together with colleague Matt Mullee, who worked with affluent individuals insuring high value homes, fine art, antiques and jewellery, he set up La Playa to support clients with truly specialist policies, expert advice and genuinely personal service. It started in Mark's spare room, then upgraded to his barn, moved to a beautiful farm in Cambridge's Silicon Fen, and then to the innovation hub of Cambridge Business Park – as well as London and midtown New York. All hotbeds of creativity. Our private client portfolio includes many musicians, writers, creative folk who run our client businesses - and people who just live life to the full!

Why ‘La Playa’? It’s Spanish for “The Beach”, of course – and Mark has a passion for all things Spanish (Andalucia is something of a spiritual heartland!) We started at “Silicon Fen” in Waterbeach, and our general philosophy is that life’s a beach!

La Playa is all about relationships - "people like you like us" means we work with people we respect and trust (both clients and insurers); clients self-select and bring their friends - and once they're with us, we tend to stick together. The better we know and understand you, you better we can serve you. One size doesn't fit all in insurance - a little fine tuning can make all the difference: streamlining cover where you're not really at risk, strengthening cover where you're exposed, presenting a realistic picture of the risk to the underwriters to achieve the best possible terms. And underwriters trust our in-depth understanding of our clients - they trust us to help you manage that risk well and reward us with great rates.

Anyway, we digress; pretty soon our media clients took us into technology as the digital age took hold, and we brought in experts like Matt Clark, one of the most experienced technology brokers on the International scene, to look after innovators from app developers and social media ninjas to the geniuses who bring us new medical devices like pain-free injections.

In 2010 we became concerned about sparky clients who were starting to work in the USA. They just weren't getting the specialist insurance they needed - so we decided to go with them, providing a bridge to London, the "cradle" of insurance. We opened our New York office just as the frenzy of digital media was taking off on the East Coast, a heady time of VC activity, fast-moving innovation, privacy paranoia and patent wars!

Mark is a change-junkie – so the story develops daily – watch this space!

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“I just want to say what a great service I have had from La Playa Wealth around my pension that I have finally got round to thinking about seriously! You've been incredibly thorough and had the patience of saints. Thanks to you I feel a lot more confident about the years ahead!”

Ann C

 

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You can call us to talk more about your business on +44 (0)1223 200650 or +44 (0)20 3865 0149

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Proactive advice
Clarity of vision
Real service
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About La Playa Wealth

Specialist & Independent

La Playa’s intelligent approach to financial services is founded on absolute integrity, an in-depth understanding of our clients, a high calibre team of advisers and a commitment to excellence in service.

Investing with Intelligence

  • Proactive advice: tapping into the intellectual capital of a Chartered Wealth Manager - your financial ‘life coach’
  • Clarity of vision: with cashflow modelling to show how and when you will reach your objectives
  • Real service: a regular, rigorous review of your plan - not just ‘service by mail’; and quarterly market insights and commentary
  • Real commitment: a long-term, personal relationship with face to face meetings - spending time with you to really understand your priorities

Together with our sister company La Playa Ltd, we offer a joined-up approach, with insurance and other financial services all under one roof. 

Get in touch - our initial consultation is free, and it could be the best move you make this year.

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