Article date: 5 July 2000
The Duke of Edinburgh waved off a Norwich Union-insured Londonblack cab last week, as it left Buckingham Palace for a four-monthjourney around the world to raise money for sight-saving charity,ORBIS.
The "Drive the World" team - Jeremy Levine of First NationalMotor Finance, Preston, Mark Aylett, an English graduate fromSwanley, Kent, and James Burke of Economy Cars in Barnsley - planto raise £10,000 by beating the world record for circumnavigationby car. The current record of 21 days, two hours and 14 minutes wasset by a British team in December 1997.
Norwich Union is sponsoring the Metrocab on its European sector(approximately 5,000 miles) and the Middle Eastern sector, throughspecialist taxi broker Cabsurance Direct.
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A photograph is available by ISDN (filename: taxi.jpeg): "HRHThe Prince Philip sends off the "Drive the World" team."
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CGU and Norwich Union merged on 30 May 2000 to create CGNU plc -the world’s 6th largest insurer, the UK's largest insurancegroup and one of the top-five life insurers in Europe withsubstantial positions in other markets around the world.
CGNU's principal business activities are long-term savings,general insurance and asset management with worldwide premiumincome and retail investment sales of £26 billion and assets undermanagement of more than £200 billion.
From October, the combined life and pensions, general insuranceand retail fund businesses in the UK will operate under the NorwichUnion brand, while the institutional business will operate underthe Morley Fund Management brand.