Aegon started life as Scottish Equitable

We’ve been helping people take responsibility for their financial future since 1831 when Scottish Equitable was founded in Edinburgh.

Today we’re part of Aegon N.V.(Opens new window), an international provider of life insurance, pensions and asset management, with businesses in 20 countries around the world.

We provide retirement, workplace savings and protection solutions to over two million customers in the UK, helping them create the tomorrow they want.

We have a long and proud heritage in the UK, and we’ve been helping people take responsibility for their financial future since 1831 when Scottish Equitable was founded in Edinburgh. Over time we’ve made a few changes to our brand, but we’ve stayed committed to our purpose.

However you know us, we’re here to help. So please get in touch.

Our journey from Scottish Equitable to Aegon

Our journey from Scottish Equitable to Aegon

1831

Scottish Equitable was founded in Edinburgh, our headquarters are still in Edinburgh today with additional offices in London and Lytham St Annes.

1831 documents

1861

Mr Christie became the first pensioner to receive a Scottish Equitable pension. Today we have around 2 million customers in the UK.

1896

Fanny Murray is the first woman employed by Scottish Equitable, holding the position of lady typist. 

Underwood Standard Number 6 Typewriter

1899

In 1899, we outgrew our original offices and Scottish Equitable moved to prestigious new offices in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh. Today we’re based in Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh.

Original Scottish Equitable offices in St. Andrews Square, Edinburgh

1902

Our assets passed £6 million for the first time, today we're part of a global group with quarterly earnings of 436 EUR millions(Opens new window).

1940

At the outbreak of war. We moved all of our records to Inverness for safe-keeping until it was safe to return them to Edinburgh. Security of our data is even more important today, that’s why Aegon has a network of secure data centres to make sure the information our customers trust us with is held safely until it’s needed.

1963

We bought our first computer. Just over 50 years later, we launched Retiready(Opens new window), a cutting edge retirement planning service that’s accessible on computers, tablets and even your mobile.

Illustration depicting the development of computers

1994

Scottish Equitable plc was created and Aegon NV take a 40% stake.

1996

We moved to our current home in Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh.

Our new offices at Edinburgh Park under construction prior to 1996
They opening of the new Edinburgh Park office building in 1996

1998

Aegon NV increased their stake in Scottish Equitable to 100%.

1999

Aegon UK set-up as a holding company and Guardian Life and Pension was acquired.

2006

In the same year we celebrated our 175th birthday, we started using the Aegon Scottish Equitable name.

Aegon Scottish Equitable logo

2009

We started to re-branded ourselves as Aegon in the UK. Giving our customers the re-assurance of global strength and expertise on top of our proud heritage in the UK.

Aegon Scottish Equitable logo

2009

We became the first-ever Lead Partner of British Tennis. This is a partnership we’ve been proudly part of ever since.

In the same year, British Number 1, Andy Murray, became the first British player to win the Aegon Championships at the historic Queen's Club, since 1938. 

Visit our tennis website(Opens new window) to find out more.

Andy Murray British number one wins the Aegon Champioonship in 2009
2015 Davis Cup winning British Tennis Team

2014

We launched Retiready(Opens new window) giving people the opportunity to take control of their own pension planning. At the same time we introduced the Retirement Score(Opens new window) giving everyone the ability to find out how prepared they are for the retirement they want.