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SunLife is a UK-based insurance business with its headquarters in Bristol. It has been part of the Phoenix Group since 2016. The business offers life insurance, equity release, funeral plans, saving products and wills.
SunLife can trace its history back to the establishment of the Sun Life Assurance Society on 28 March 1810, when the Sun Fire Office Board launched a separate company to offer life assurance. The Society’s first office opened opposite the Bank of England in London, and actuary Joshua Milne was appointed the first member of staff.
The Sun Life Assurance Society was founded in 1810 as part of the Sun Fire Office to provide life insurance. Sun Life Assurance Society bought over 20 life insurance societies during the late 19th and early 20th century and incorporated them, their branch offices and employees into the business. From the 1970s SunLife split their headquarters between London and Bristol. The Head Office moved to Bristol in 1976. In 1978, the company began distributing mail shots. In 1992, French insurer UAP became Sun Life Assurance Society’s major shareholder. Shortly after, Sun Life Assurance Society & Provincial Insurance Company merged and established the holding company, Sun Life & Provincial Holdings. In 1997 AXA, who had acquired UAP in 1996, transferred its Equity & Law business to Sun Life & Provincial Holdings increasing its holding in the company from 60% to 72%. In May 2000, AXA acquired all shares it did not already own in the company.
In 2009, AXA Sun Life Direct, became Sun Life Direct. In autumn 2010, AXA sold its main life assurance business, AXA Sun Life Holdings Ltd to Resolution Group  whilst AXA continued to sell life insurance products through Sun Life Direct. In 2014, Sun Life Direct rebranded to SunLife with a range of direct-only products aimed at a younger audience.
In 2016, AXA sold its UK investment, pensions and insurance businesses, including SunLife, to UK insurer Phoenix in a £375m deal.
The Cost of Dying report is SunLife's annual research on the costs of funerals in the UK. The 12th annual survey was released in September, 2018 and showed that costs had increased by 3.4% in the preceding year. Since 2017 the research has been undertaken by Critical Research.
The SunLife logo originates from the fire insurance marks that were utilised within the UK from the late seventeenth century to the beginning of the twentieth. These plaques were displayed on the insured buildings and indicated the organisation with whom they were insured. The first to use the mark was the Sun Fire Office. These developed over 200 years to the current SunLife logo.
SunLife is known for their use of celebrity personalities in advertisements. Frank Windsor appeared in TV commercials in the late 1990s  June Whitfield, Annette Crosbie, Michael Parkinson, Carol Vorderman and Alan Titchmarsh have also appeared in advertisments.
In 2017 SunLife launched the Welcome to Life After 50 campaign to challenge stereotypes of people over fifty.