Irish insurer Quinn-direct is to grow its agency base in the London market and Scotland in a bid to expand its regional presence.

The insurer currently has a broker base of 300 in the UK, mainly in the North West. It also has a commercial sales (dedicated) centre in Manchester.

Quinn-direct commercial director Trevor Shaw declined to put a figure on the number of new agencies the insurer is seeking, but said it would "grow according to our ability to grow the accounts".

Shaw said the company had hired former GISC head of policy Angela Darling as a consultant to help it meet its agency growth targets.

Darling said Quinn was looking at developing extra facilities within the UK as a way of demonstrating its commitment to the UK market. She added that the insurer was also committed to supporting smaller brokers within the UK.

In addition to growing its agency base, Quinn is set to expand its product range in the UK.

"We will review the balance of the covered classes over the coming year to make sure that we can provide capacity in those areas that give us the best return," said Shaw.

"We have quite a number of products and lines that we have not introduced in England, Scotland or Wales. In time we will bring them over here."

The first of these is Quinn's fleet product, which was launched in the UK at the beginning of this month. The product covers both haulage and own-goods transport.