Essex-based RG Ford Insurance Brokers has outlined plans to become a "significant player" in the Essex market, through an aggressive acquisition policy.

Managing director Giles Ford said the company was "highly acquisitive", and was targeting brokers with sub-£3m books of gross written premiums.

"There will be a great many brokers for sale once the FSA starts asking proper questions," said Ford.

The group currently has annual gross written premiums of about £15m. The target is to grow that to £20m over the next three years, through organic growth and acquisition, he said.

The company is also piloting online policy management, to allow policyholders to amend policy details.

The facility is being piloted for fleet motor policies, with a roll-out planned for the summer. "We would like to extend this to other simple policies," said Ford.

' Milburn Insurance Services, part of the RG Ford Group, has won a contract to be the sole insurance provider to Christian society the Plymouth Brethren.

Members take out only third party insurance, in accordance with their beliefs.

Milburn and RG Ford managing director Giles Ford said three schemes have been arranged for the group with Zurich, Norwich Union and AXA.