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Beazley Joins Forces With Engineers Without Borders USA

FARMINGTON, Conn., March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Beazley Group (BEZ.L), a leading insurer of architects and engineers professional liability risks, is making its risk management webinars available to Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB- USA) as part of the non-profit's new online training program.  James Schwartz, US architects & engineers focus group leader at Beazley, said: "Beazley is an innovator in providing design professionals with insurance and risk management services, and has done so for more than twenty-five years. We are pleased to offer our on-demand webinars to a wider audience through Engineers Without Borders USA in order to support its valuable work. Engineers Without Borders already provides exceptional education opportunities to its participants.  Adding our presentations on a range of topics impacting design firms is a perfect complement to its vision." Begun in 2001 and based in Boulder, Colorado, EWB- USA's 12,000-strong volunteer workforce includes university students and professional engineers from across the country.  EWB- USA partners with remote, developing world communities in 47 countries on low-cost, sustainable water, energy, sanitation and other projects. Cathy Leslie, EWB- USA executive director, said: "These high quality continuing education programs provide Engineers Without Borders USA with another valuable source of revenue to support our work, and an opportunity for greater exposure throughout the design professional community as these programs are used for professional development and continuing education credits across the country." Beazley currently offers live risk management webinars to its brokers and insureds, attended by hundreds of design firm professionals as part of its overall risk management program. These recorded 90-minute webinars – which include topics such as international projects and advanced sustainable design – will be provided to EWB- USA  members by the non-profit organization's training partner, Contract Solutions Group (CSG). Ingrid Leaders, president of CSG, said:  "Beazley's training programs are very high quality, and we are extremely pleased to be able to provide these Beazley programs to design professionals and students in need of professional development and continuing education credits."

The programs can be viewed at www.contractsolutionsgroup.net after April 1, 2012.

Note to editors:Beazley plc (BEZ.L), is the parent company of specialist insurance businesses with operations in Europe, the US, Asia and Australia.  Beazley manages five Lloyd's syndicates and, in 2011, underwrote gross premiums worldwide of 1,712.5 million pounds Sterling.  All Lloyd's syndicates are rated A by A.M. Best. 

Beazley's underwriters in the United States focus on writing a range of specialist insurance products.  In the admitted market, coverage is provided by Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., an A.M. Best A rated carrier licensed in all 50 states.  In the surplus lines market, coverage is provided by the Beazley syndicates at Lloyd's.

Beazley is a market leader in many of its chosen lines, which include professional indemnity, property, marine, reinsurance, accident and life, and political risks and contingency business.

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