Recently updated, this site has a simple but sophisticated appearance. It benefits from spaciousness and clarity and is approved by the Plain English Campaign.
Product areas are concisely divided, allowing easy and direct access. Specific products are each assigned a separate page where an outline of the product is explained in crystal-clear English.
From these pages there is the option to download more specific information regarding key features, case studies and answers to common questions. These downloaded pages are replicas of the product brochures.
An area entitled Are you Protected?
allows the user to determine the amount of critical illness and life cover they need. To facilitate this, visitors will need to use a macromedia shockwave plug-in, which is also available from the Scottish Provident site.
The I FA WebCentre is a restricted area allowing SIB registered IFAs access to various on-line facilities which include a new business pipeline tracking as well as an on-line quotations service.
This aspect of the site will not only allow IFAs to gain access to quotes, but also allow them to see customer-specific policies, providing instant access and assessment of existing contracts. The interactive cover calculator is a time and energy efficient facility for which Scottish Provident definitely deserves praise.
Other useful features are policy, product and literature enquiry and request forms which can be ordered directly through cyberspace.
Information on daily fund prices and sponsorship details are also available as are links to the IFA Portfolio, MacMillan Cancer Relief – and a vast array of rugby sites.
Plus: Well formulated and expansive.
Minus: Downloading can be slow.