Eighteen brokers will be enjoying a well-earned break this summer after winning a competition run by Zurich Commercial.

About 650 brokers took up the challenge to place the most new insurance business with Zurich Commercial in specified classes over a fixed period.

The incentive was the chance to win £1,000 worth of Thomas Cook worldwide travel vouchers.

"In addition to winning new business we have given our brokers the opportunity to win something extra," said Zurich Commercial's Dave Smith.

The campaign was supported by five direct mail pieces designed to bring elements of anticipation and fun to the brokers' offices as the competition heated up.

The final surprise was a high-ball tumbler personally delivered to the brokers, allowing all those who participated to enjoy a drink on Zurich Commercial.