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NIG LAUNCHES NEW E-TRADING PLATFORM

Commercial insurer NIG has launched TheHub, a full-cycle eTrading platform for commercial brokers. Building on NIG’s reputation for eTrading and following recent investment in technology, TheHub represents a step-change in functionality for NIG and its broker partners.

TheHub replaces nignetwork.com and is at the heart of NIG's new eTrading offering for brokers, which is built on three key areas:

'ease' - platform - a full-cycle trading offering with the ability to buy, amend and renew online

'excellence' - products - enhanced package products that have been designed to trade online, with further new ‘eProducts’ being delivered throughout 2013

'expertise' - service - specialist eConsultants and underwriters at the NIG eTrading Centre in Peterborough

From the outset brokers will be able to trade four enhanced eProducts  Residential Landlords, Commercial Landlords, Tradesman and Professionals, with further product launches throughout the coming year.

Ben Thornton, Director of Broker eTrade at NIG, said: "Our eTrading proposition has been designed through extensive consultation with brokers and is built around their needs. We believe TheHub will help them retain more business as well as deliver an improved service. We’ve designed it to be straightforward and intuitive to use, saving time for brokers, and helping them focus on growing their business."

"eTrading has always been a core competence for NIG and we’ve continued to invest in and develop our packages and eTraded business. Simultaneously we have been investing in our people which are a vital part of NIG. We have invested in staff and training, up skilling and hiring where necessary. We will work with brokers to make sure they and their business get the full benefit of our investment."

Available at www.nig.com, TheHub builds on NIG’S proven eTrading track record and incorporates the simple and straightforward functionality brokers have come to expect from NIG. Brokers will be able to move seamlessly between the old and new systems and be able to transact existing products.

Jon Greenwood, Managing Director at NIG, said: "We've always been proud of the strength of our eTrading offering, but this new proposition will enable us to reach the next level of service excellence. We have built a quality offering and I’m very excited about the prospects for the year ahead. The commercial insurance industry is continually developing, and our ability to listen to brokers and react boldly to match their needs is something that we see as a core characteristic of NIG."

Full details of TheHub and the new, enhanced product range are available at www.nig.com.

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For further information please contact:
Chris Wilson, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, on 020 7282 1087
Hugh Fasken, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, on 020 7282 2854 / 07986 950 489
Greg Dawson, NIG PR, on 07825 503 234

About NIG

The National Insurance and Guarantee Corporation Ltd (NIG) provides insurance solutions to SMEs throughout the UK. Established for over 100 years, NIG provides its insurance exclusively through a network of over 2,300 brokers.

NIG policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales no 1179980. U K Insurance Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

NIG and U K Insurance Limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about NIG products or get a quote by visiting www.nig.com