Broker offers small businesses online policies.

JLT has launched an online portal offering commercial insurance to micro-businesses,, to be underwritten by Brit.

It will target sole traders, micro-businesses that employ less than 10 people and small SMEs employing up to 50 people.

The launch follows JLT’s acquisition of Pavilion, a niche specialist insurance business with a track record of selling SME insurance online, in June 2007.

Brit UK chief executive Peter Burrows said: “As a business committed to e-trading, the venture with JLT Online has given us access to a partner with considerable capabilities and experience in online trading.”

JLT UK chief executive Adrian Girling said: “We have commissioned a significant amount of research into the UK market and JLT Online’s e-trading platform has delivered a simplified approach to buying a wide range of business insurance products.”