One of Norwich’s biggest employers, Aviva, said it has seen “strong growth” over the past nine months, with an increase in the demand for private health insurance helping to boost profits.

The insurer is on track to see a 5-7pc increase in operating profit in 2023, despite pressure amid soaring costs and a hit from severe weather claims.

It said general insurance premiums were up 13pc on last year to £8bn, while protection and health sales had increased 23pc, bringing their total value to £330m.

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Workplace net flows were up 26pc to £5.1bn, driven by strong new business and the impact of wage inflation.

Amanda Blanc, group chief executive officer, said: “We have clear trading momentum, driven by our uniquely diversified business, as well as our leading positions in growing markets. 

"Customers are our number one focus, and we helped them with claims following wildfires, hail and flooding in Canada.

“Also, after storms Babet and Ciarán in the UK we've had teams on the ground helping our customers, arranging repairs to damaged properties and providing alternative accommodation.”