Internet specialist Insure-com is to distribute its desktop business software free to registered intermediaries in the UK.

The windows-based package has a link to the Insure-com internet portal which gives access to online comparative quotations and insurance data on using the insur-E.connect quotation system.

The software also offers full-cycle EDI processing and point-of-sale documentation. Back office functions performed by the software include financial accounting, document and diary management, delegated schemes, claims handling and management reporting.

“From the outset we said that Insure-com would exploit the internet to provide the insurance industry, that's both insurers and intermediaries, with the most cost-effective business system,” said Insure-com's managing director, Ralph Ehlers.

Five insurers – Zurich, Cornhill, Crowe, Link and MMA – have confirmed partnerships with Insure-com and the company is in talks with a further 22 insurers, including Norwich Union, Royal & Sunalliance and Groupama.