In 1706, the original Sun Insurance company was established by Charles Povey.

Povey was a visionary entrepreneur living in London at the time of the Great Fire. Having witnessed firsthand the devastation and destruction caused by the fire, Povey became convinced that insurance was essential to protect people’s livelihoods by making things better when the worst happened.

Over the next three centuries, his pioneering insurance company grew into the internationally recognised FTSE 100 business known today as RSA.

Around 14,000 people are still making things better for over nine million customers in more than 100 countries.

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Charles Povey - the founder of RSA Insurance Group

Key dates


The Sun Fire Office is established


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The Sun Insurance Office merges with The Alliance Assurance Company to form Sun Alliance Insurance Limited


Sun Alliance Group merges with Royal Insurance Holdings to become Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Group plc


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Royal & Sun Alliance becomes RSA Insurance Group


We take part in the reconstruction of the Italian city of L’Aquila following an earthquake

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