Woolwich back in the home
Mortgage lender Woolwich is preparing to roll out its latest home insurance product across its network of 400 branches by Spring 2000. Homewise Select has been piloted in a chosen number of branches over the past six months. Woolwich said the bespoke policy is attractive to customers since it allows them to tailor cover to their needs.

Options scoops best buy award
Options Insurance has won a best buy accolade for its annual travel policy from Which?, the magazine of the Consumers' Association. The policy which offers 17 days free skiing cover was named the lowest-priced deal for families, in the magazine's survey of winter sports insurance. Worldwide cover for a family of two adults and up to four children under nine costs £113. Options offers snowboarding, off-piste skiing and snowmobile cover at normal rates.

Citybond home to Southampton
Southampton football club has signed a new deal with its official insurance broker Southampton Insurance Services. The agreement allows Citybond Travel to promote its Spectrum range of travel cover exclusively to supporters of the Premier League club. Citybond will also assist the football club and SIS in advertising and promotional campaigns. Iain Chalmers, Citybond sales director, said: "This is a unique opportunity for us to reach a clearly defined audience." He added that Citybond will be happy to meet the needs of supporters and their families whether they are attending a European fixture or holidaying during the closed season.

Devitt comes out of its shell
Tour operators and travel agents can gain shell-like protection from a new scheme launched by Devitt Insurance Services. Called Carapace, after tortoise-style body armour, the policy aims to meet the specific commercial requirements of the travel trade. The policy wraps together tour operator's liability, office premises and directors' and officers' liability with a free review of employment and health and safety procedures. Devitt's commercial risks manager Bill Boyce said, the policy aims to address the enormous pressure the trade faces from consumers and the law.