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UK SME Insurance Market: Distribution Dynamics 2016 Growth Opportunities, Analysis and Forecasts Report 2016-2021

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UK SME Insurance Market: Distribution Dynamics 2016” Report looks at how SMEs buy insurance coverage and the reasons behind their purchasing decisions. This report also examines the services SMEs are currently receiving and the additional amenities they would like from their provider going forward. Other influential factors on the market are also taken into consideration, such as the location of the business (home or on-site/office), or the age of the business owner.

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Key Players in UK SME Insurance: Distribution Dynamics 2016

  • Direct Line
  • Hiscox
  • AXA
  • Trade Direct
  • RAC
  • Zurich
  • Bupa
  • Bond Lovis
  • and Aviva

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Key Findings of UK SME Insurance Market: Distribution Dynamics 2016:

- Purchasing insurance online via a PC is the most common method by which SMEs arrange cover: 31.6% of respondents claimed to purchase the majority of their insurance over the internet on a desktop PC.

- SMEs are typically very loyal to their providers with most product markets commonly retaining as much as 80% of their business across SMEs of all sizes, but particularly those at the larger end of the scale.


Synopsis of UK SME Insurance Market: Distribution Dynamics 2016:

The SME market is important for commercial insurers as SMEs account for the majority of the UK economy. With insurers increasingly targeting the segment, the market is very competitive and propositions are evolving to cater for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). E-trade, via a broker, is becoming more of a central focus for the insurers in this space, as is the distribution of high-volume, low-value business via the direct channel.

There has been an unmistakable growth in focus on direct-to-SME insurance propositions over previous years, but 2016 has seen brokers fight back. Direct insurers continue to enjoy a significant share of commercial business but brokers are beginning to follow suit in terms of the propositions they’re offering. Increasingly they are striving to promote a more streamlined offering online, as well as maintaining their advice-led services.

The benefits of the direct channel continue to be long-term customer ownership and a fast-flowing distribution chain, enticing the smallest businesses to purchase conveniently online, akin to how their personal insurance is bought. While this is the battleground for micro enterprises, for larger businesses the demand sits towards the other end of the spectrum; a desire for a wider range of services and deeper relationships where capacity from providers is perhaps not being provided to them.


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Reasons to Buy UK SME Insurance Market:

  • Identify the most prominent sales channel for SMEs.
  • Adapt/re-evaluate your distribution strategy and proposition to meet the needs of modern consumers.
  • Discover the factors influencing SME purchasing decisions and distribution channel selection.

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Detailed TOC of UK SME Insurance: Distribution Dynamics 2016

  • Brokers are regaining their grip on commercial insurance distribution
  • Key findings
  • Critical success factors
  • Introduction
  • Brokers are starting to regain their foothold of product distribution for SMEs
  • 2016 has seen brokers increase their share of product distribution
  • The direct channel has the most potential, particularly at the micro end of the market
  • Banks are also beginning to recognize the potential benefits of cross selling
  • Brokers and the direct channel compete intensely for business in the micro space
  • Purchasing confusion, seen in personal lines, is growing within the SME market
  • Insurers need a varied approach to product distribution in the SME markets
  • Price is the leading reason for SMEs choosing their selected distribution channel
  • Almost one third of home-based business owners go direct
  • Packaged products are popular although standalone policies are also highly sought after
  • Arranging insurance online is most suitable for SMEs
  • Most SMEs are opting to purchase cover via the internet
  • The online marketplace appeals to younger/more tech-savvy business owners
  • Contacting an existing provider is the most common action among SMEs looking to purchase
  • And more…

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