Timeline
1977 - CDL founded by Tom and Jessica Hogg
After working for Singer, designing and selling bespoke systems for a range of distribution and manufacturing operations Tom, along with his wife Jessica, established CDL in 1977 and originally focused the business on providing bespoke systems to a range of manufacturing and distribution operators, including Brother International.
1977 - CDL founded by Tom and Jessica Hogg
After working for Singer, designing and selling bespoke systems for a range of distribution and manufacturing operations Tom, along with his wife Jessica, established CDL in 1977 and originally focused the business on providing bespoke systems to a range of manufacturing and distribution operators, including Brother International.
1979 - CDL provides first insurance system to independent broker
Tom takes CDL into the general insurance market for the first time when the company provides its first insurance system to an independent broker in Warrington. Tom recognised that there was an opportunity to provide package solutions for personal lines insurance intermediaries and help drive efficiency in this largely paper based market.
1979 - CDL provides first insurance system to independent broker
Tom takes CDL into the general insurance market for the first time when the company provides its first insurance system to an independent broker in Warrington. Tom recognised that there was an opportunity to provide package solutions for personal lines insurance intermediaries and help drive efficiency in this largely paper based market.
1984 - CDL's first quotation engine built
A dramatic change in the insurance intermediary market in the mid 1980s sees CDL focus its software on the emerging telebroking companies, giving them the tools to compete with the direct players. Its quotation engine was a game changer, built with the unique attribute of updating over the telephone lines every night, rather than the competition's standard once a month.
1984 - CDL's first quotation engine built
A dramatic change in the insurance intermediary market in the mid 1980s sees CDL focus its software on the emerging telebroking companies, giving them the tools to compete with the direct players. Its quotation engine was a game changer, built with the unique attribute of updating over the telephone lines every night, rather than the competition's standard once a month.
2000 - First online quotation website is launched with Ford
More dramatic technological advances and the rise of online shopping leads to CDL developing the first online quotation website with Ford. For the first time customers can enter their details online and get a quote rather than having to deal face-to-face or over the phone.
2000 - First online quotation website is launched with Ford
More dramatic technological advances and the rise of online shopping leads to CDL developing the first online quotation website with Ford. For the first time customers can enter their details online and get a quote rather than having to deal face-to-face or over the phone.
2000 - CDL Strata begins development
In the same year CDL begins development of its next generation insurance solution. CDL Strata offers customers a scalable and flexible multi-channel service offering them access to web, mobile, price comparison sites, consumer self-service and telematics-based insurance products. It will eventually become the market-leading insurance software on the market.
2000 - CDL Strata begins development
In the same year CDL begins development of its next generation insurance solution. CDL Strata offers customers a scalable and flexible multi-channel service offering them access to web, mobile, price comparison sites, consumer self-service and telematics-based insurance products. It will eventually become the market-leading insurance software on the market.
2005 - CDL launches first aggregator services with 'The Bike Insurer'
CDL continues its path as a market leader when it launches its first insurance aggregator service with The Bike Insurer. The product allows customers to enter their information and return instant quotes instantly from a range of insurance providers.
2005 - CDL launches first aggregator services with 'The Bike Insurer'
CDL continues its path as a market leader when it launches its first insurance aggregator service with The Bike Insurer. The product allows customers to enter their information and return instant quotes instantly from a range of insurance providers.
2006 - CDL moves to new headquarters at Strata House
In August, having grown from a living room start-up to an operation employing 230 people, CDL purchases and moves into Strata House, a 25,000sq ft office at Stockport's Kings Reach Business Park.
2006 - CDL moves to new headquarters at Strata House
In August, having grown from a living room start-up to an operation employing 230 people, CDL purchases and moves into Strata House, a 25,000sq ft office at Stockport's Kings Reach Business Park.
2006 - CDL launches its telematics solution
CDL's telematics system allows insurers to gather data on drivers' habits making it possible to calculate, and recalculate, car insurance quotes based on specific driving skills and habits rather than traditional, generalised factors like the driver age. CDL is now the leading telematics supplier to the UK insurance industry, providing fully automated solutions to household names, including The Co-operative.
2006 - CDL launches its telematics solution
CDL's telematics system allows insurers to gather data on drivers' habits making it possible to calculate, and recalculate, car insurance quotes based on specific driving skills and habits rather than traditional, generalised factors like the driver age. CDL is now the leading telematics supplier to the UK insurance industry, providing fully automated solutions to household names, including The Co-operative.
2011 - Self-service portal
Another initiative that was ahead of the competition, the self-service portal, is introduced. This allows consumers to download their insurance documentation, but also make policy changes and renewals. The self-service portal was a key factor affecting the decision of high volume retail brands, including iGO4 and esure broker, to move to using Strata.
2011 - Self-service portal
Another initiative that was ahead of the competition, the self-service portal, is introduced. This allows consumers to download their insurance documentation, but also make policy changes and renewals. The self-service portal was a key factor affecting the decision of high volume retail brands, including iGO4 and esure broker, to move to using Strata.
2014 - Mission, vision and values updated
The company's new mission, vision and values are set out. These reflect CDL's mission to help customers win through technology. They also represent our belief that the way we work is key to achieving our goals, so integrity, collaboration and aspiring to excellence are enshrined as core values. Maintaining a commitment to having a positive impact on the community in which we operate is one way we live up to these values.
2014 - Mission, vision and values updated
The company's new mission, vision and values are set out. These reflect CDL's mission to help customers win through technology. They also represent our belief that the way we work is key to achieving our goals, so integrity, collaboration and aspiring to excellence are enshrined as core values. Maintaining a commitment to having a positive impact on the community in which we operate is one way we live up to these values.
2015 - CDL invests in campus expansion
Having purchased land adjacent to Strata House in 2012, CDL unveils a new office development and state-of-the-art data centre at its base in Stockport. The move is part of a major expansion plan and the completion of The Codeworks building enables the company to locate its 550-strong workforce on one campus.
2015 - CDL invests in campus expansion
Having purchased land adjacent to Strata House in 2012, CDL unveils a new office development and state-of-the-art data centre at its base in Stockport. The move is part of a major expansion plan and the completion of The Codeworks building enables the company to locate its 550-strong workforce on one campus.
2016 - Hummingbird launches
CDL's high-speed data intelligence solution was launched. Hummingbird analyses huge volumes of data in a fraction of a second to provide consumer insight to inform pricing decisions and detect fraudulent activity in real time.
2016 - Hummingbird launches
CDL's high-speed data intelligence solution was launched. Hummingbird analyses huge volumes of data in a fraction of a second to provide consumer insight to inform pricing decisions and detect fraudulent activity in real time.
2016 - Insurer hosted pricing hub
CDL introduces the first IHP hub, a revolutionary development that allows insurers to fully control and distribute their own insurance products. Today, 50% of insurance transactions in the UK operate through CDL's IHP.
2016 - Insurer hosted pricing hub
CDL introduces the first IHP hub, a revolutionary development that allows insurers to fully control and distribute their own insurance products. Today, 50% of insurance transactions in the UK operate through CDL's IHP.
2017 - CDL gains top employer award
CDL is certified as a top UK employer by The Top Employers Institute, an international organisation recognising excellence in employment practices worldwide. The accreditation process included an independent audit of CDL's working environments, recruitment and selection processes, employee benefits and its commitment to the personal and professional development of its workforce.
2017 - CDL gains top employer award
CDL is certified as a top UK employer by The Top Employers Institute, an international organisation recognising excellence in employment practices worldwide. The accreditation process included an independent audit of CDL's working environments, recruitment and selection processes, employee benefits and its commitment to the personal and professional development of its workforce.
2017 - CDL launches its InsurTechX initiative
InsurTechX is CDL's initiative to drive innovation in the insurance sector, making it appeal to a 21st century audience. Groundbreaking developments to come out of the project include voice integration with virtual assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa, chatbots and portfolio mobile apps.
2017 - CDL launches its InsurTechX initiative
InsurTechX is CDL's initiative to drive innovation in the insurance sector, making it appeal to a 21st century audience. Groundbreaking developments to come out of the project include voice integration with virtual assistants, such as Amazon's Alexa, chatbots and portfolio mobile apps.
2017 - InsurTech Incubator
In line with InsurTechX, CDLÃ��Ã��,¢Ã��,¯Ã��,¿Ã��,½Ã��,¯Ã��,¿Ã��,½s launch of its incubator provided a dedicated space to support start-up ideas and accelerate the development of innovative new technologies. The move is one of a number of strategies to increase investment in research and development, which include digital tribe forums and an initiative freeing all colleagues to dedicate a tenth of their time to blue-sky thinking.
2017 - InsurTech Incubator
In line with InsurTechX, CDLÃ��Ã��,¢Ã��,¯Ã��,¿Ã��,½Ã��,¯Ã��,¿Ã��,½s launch of its incubator provided a dedicated space to support start-up ideas and accelerate the development of innovative new technologies. The move is one of a number of strategies to increase investment in research and development, which include digital tribe forums and an initiative freeing all colleagues to dedicate a tenth of their time to blue-sky thinking.
2017 - Campus expansion complete
CDL completes the latest development phase at its technology campus, with the opening of a newly-built ServiceWorks, which will house the firm's dedicated customer service teams.
2017 - Campus expansion complete
CDL completes the latest development phase at its technology campus, with the opening of a newly-built ServiceWorks, which will house the firm's dedicated customer service teams.
2017 - Prolific North Tech 100
CDL is ranked 20th in the Prolific North Tech 100, a list of the leading technology companies in the North of England. Compiled in association with Manchester Tech Trust and RSM, the selection criteria covers location, offering, size of workforce and turnover.
2017 - Prolific North Tech 100
CDL is ranked 20th in the Prolific North Tech 100, a list of the leading technology companies in the North of England. Compiled in association with Manchester Tech Trust and RSM, the selection criteria covers location, offering, size of workforce and turnover.
2018 - CDL retains top employer status
Recognised for the second consecutive year, CDL retains its Top Employers certification, an official acknowledgement that it is one of the best places to work in the UK. The news comes as CDL's workforce grows to nearly 700 people across its technology campus.
2018 - CDL retains top employer status
Recognised for the second consecutive year, CDL retains its Top Employers certification, an official acknowledgement that it is one of the best places to work in the UK. The news comes as CDL's workforce grows to nearly 700 people across its technology campus.
2018 - CDL launches 'proactive insurance' concept
CDL announces its 'proactive insurance' concept, which re-envisages the way individuals buy and manage their portfolio of policies through the Chorus mobile app. Using the latest technologies, Chorus enhances cross-selling opportunities for retailers, enabling them to make intelligent product recommendations and transform the customer experience.
2018 - CDL launches 'proactive insurance' concept
CDL announces its 'proactive insurance' concept, which re-envisages the way individuals buy and manage their portfolio of policies through the Chorus mobile app. Using the latest technologies, Chorus enhances cross-selling opportunities for retailers, enabling them to make intelligent product recommendations and transform the customer experience.
2018 - Turnover surpasses £50 million
Reflecting sustained investment in innovation and infrastructure, CDL's growth continues, with a reported annual turnover of £52.6 million for the 12-month period to 30 September 2017, up 11% from £47.2 million in the previous financial year.
2018 - Turnover surpasses £50 million
Reflecting sustained investment in innovation and infrastructure, CDL's growth continues, with a reported annual turnover of £52.6 million for the 12-month period to 30 September 2017, up 11% from £47.2 million in the previous financial year.
2018 - Hummingbird Syndicate
CDL launches its revolutionary anti-fraud syndicate, which brings together major insurance brands to combat the growing challenge of online quote manipulation. Hummingbird Syndicate allows insurance retailers to identify potentially suspicious patterns of consumer behaviour using CDL's Hummingbird technology, which is able to search and analyse millions of records at sub-second speed.
2018 - Hummingbird Syndicate
CDL launches its revolutionary anti-fraud syndicate, which brings together major insurance brands to combat the growing challenge of online quote manipulation. Hummingbird Syndicate allows insurance retailers to identify potentially suspicious patterns of consumer behaviour using CDL's Hummingbird technology, which is able to search and analyse millions of records at sub-second speed.
2018 - FT Future 100
CDL is named in the Financial Times' FT Future 100, a list of fast growing UK companies that are making a difference in their industry, or wider society. CDL is recognised for its long-term commitment to sustainability and positive impact on the local community through its environmental, social and governance (ESG) polices.
2018 - FT Future 100
CDL is named in the Financial Times' FT Future 100, a list of fast growing UK companies that are making a difference in their industry, or wider society. CDL is recognised for its long-term commitment to sustainability and positive impact on the local community through its environmental, social and governance (ESG) polices.
2018 - CDL marks fundraising milestone
Dedicated fundraising programme, the CDL Fund, hits an impressive millstone, raising over £250,000 for local community projects and helping almost 6,000 people from the Stockport area since 2012.
2018 - CDL marks fundraising milestone
Dedicated fundraising programme, the CDL Fund, hits an impressive millstone, raising over £250,000 for local community projects and helping almost 6,000 people from the Stockport area since 2012.
2019 - Top Employer accreditation
CDL retains its global Top Employers certification for the third year running, recognised for its collaborative culture and investment in its people. Informed by annual, international research, the Top Employers Institute make its selection based on excellent employee conditions and the development of talent throughout all levels of the organisation.
2019 - Top Employer accreditation
CDL retains its global Top Employers certification for the third year running, recognised for its collaborative culture and investment in its people. Informed by annual, international research, the Top Employers Institute make its selection based on excellent employee conditions and the development of talent throughout all levels of the organisation.
CDL launches property data offering
CDL provides customers with access to industry-leading intelligence data relating to over 29 million residential properties, through its partnership with the Loqate team at GB Group plc. Based on postcode lookup, this empowers home insurance brands to produce better-informed rating decisions and streamline online experience for customers.
CDL launches property data offering
CDL provides customers with access to industry-leading intelligence data relating to over 29 million residential properties, through its partnership with the Loqate team at GB Group plc. Based on postcode lookup, this empowers home insurance brands to produce better-informed rating decisions and streamline online experience for customers.
2019 - Hummingbird Syndicate awarded 'Best Use of Data'
Hummingbird Syndicate wins 'Best Use of Data' at the Prolific North Tech Awards 2019 and the UK Business Tech Awards 2019, which celebrates excellence across the national tech industry. The solution is recognised for its positive impact upon the business of a number of major insurance retailers, enabling them to join forces to tackle the growing problem of online fraud.
2019 - Hummingbird Syndicate awarded 'Best Use of Data'
Hummingbird Syndicate wins 'Best Use of Data' at the Prolific North Tech Awards 2019 and the UK Business Tech Awards 2019, which celebrates excellence across the national tech industry. The solution is recognised for its positive impact upon the business of a number of major insurance retailers, enabling them to join forces to tackle the growing problem of online fraud.
2019 - InsurTech10
Revealed as a global player in the insurtech space, CDL is named in the elite Insurtech 100, a list of the world's most innovative organisations transforming the insurance industry. CDL is selected for pioneering solutions that enable the personal lines insurance sector to enhance customer experience, while driving revenues and cutting fraud.
2019 - InsurTech10
Revealed as a global player in the insurtech space, CDL is named in the elite Insurtech 100, a list of the world's most innovative organisations transforming the insurance industry. CDL is selected for pioneering solutions that enable the personal lines insurance sector to enhance customer experience, while driving revenues and cutting fraud.
2020 - CDL named Top Employer
CDL is awarded Top Employer status for the fourth consecutive year: official recognition that it continues to rank in the top tier of places to work in the UK. Based on a rigorous best practice survey, CDL is selected for its extensive investment in its people to support the firm's culture of innovation, collaboration and quality.
2020 - CDL named Top Employer
CDL is awarded Top Employer status for the fourth consecutive year: official recognition that it continues to rank in the top tier of places to work in the UK. Based on a rigorous best practice survey, CDL is selected for its extensive investment in its people to support the firm's culture of innovation, collaboration and quality.