British Gas is set to hike up its position in the general insurance market with the launch of a new online comparison site for SMEs.

Insurance for business, launched by British Gas Business, is designed to provide commercial insurance through a panel of insurers, including Norwich Union, Zurich, AXA, Groupama and Royal & SunAlliance.

The website, which went live last month, offers six commercial products: shops and retail, office and surgery, professional indemnity, home-based professionals, general trade and construction and general small business insurance.

The company said it also intends to cross sell core products such as central heating care and other associated products through the site.

A spokesman for the energy supplier, told Insurance Times: “Branching into insurance is a natural progression for British Gas Business as with helping companies achieve energy efficiency.”

Last year the company renewed its push into household insurance.