Windsor, the insurance intermediary, has turned in sturdy performance figures for the year-end September 30, 2000.

Pre-tax profit was up 26% to £2.4m, and the dividend was up by 22% to 1.1p.

The group's plan for an ecommerce facility remains on target for launch in 2001.

According to the year-end report there were strong contributions from the protection and indemnity, commercial and professional indemnity operations.

Brokerage was up, despite unfavourable market conditions.

Commenting on the company's online plans, David Low, chairman of Windsor, said: “We are confident that our internet team is capable of dealing with the challenges that will arise as a result of an increasing proportion of UK business being conducted online.”