The majority of brokers want to source small business quotes online, according to a survey by Zurich.

The survey of 150 brokers, conducted by Zurich UK Commercial, found that 64% felt that getting quotes online was quick and easy, and said they would prefer to get small business qu2otes through the internet rather than via the telephone.

The results showed that 80% of brokers visiting the Zurich UK Commercial website do so to obtain a new business quote, with more than half converted into sales.

Head of market management at Zurich UK Commercial, David Smith, said it was no surprise that brokers placing cover for small businesses wanted to do so quickly

He said that this was due to the "high volume and competitive nature" of small business cover.