, the complete back office solution from Cox Insurance, is being offered to intermediaries for free.

It will be launched in the fourth quarter of this year. Cox retail chief executive Neil Utley said: “ will provide free access to highly competitive motor and home products from Cox's extended panel of insurers in addition to travel insurance and car rescue products.

“By allowing intermediaries to vary their own commissions case by case, puts brokers back in charge of their own income.”

Cox says intermdiaries who register to use and meet basic acceptance criteria will qualify for:

  • a three month free trial, with no obligation at the end of the trial period
  • free use of the system following the trial, with no update charges, no maintenance charges, no charges for standard operating software and no charges for standard products.

    In addition, will provide participating intermediaries with a free internet service provider package, free staff training and assistance to transfer client data.

    Following the trial, there will be a free internet trading website which will enable intermediaries and customers to arrange cover online, supported by a 24-hour, seven-day a week helpline.

    Utley adds: “In developing, our objective has been to devise an online system that enables intermediaries to compete more effectively by stripping out the costs associated with traditional quotation systems.

    “The result will be a system that provides total back office functionality, with the intermediary able to access and amend a policy at every stage.”

    Intermediaries using will still have to pay the standard package and ISDN/telephone charges for the online connection.Priority service is guaranteed to intermediaries registering before October 2000. HML Marketing has been appointed to manage the sign up process.