Guardian, the protection challenger, has been added to Openwork's panel of protection providers.
According to Guardian it is the first time a new market entrant has been chosen for Openwork's panel, which also features Aviva, Legal & General, Vitality Life, Zurich and LV.
Andy Peters, distribution director of Guardian, said: "Winning this opportunity so early in our business journey is fantastic news. It shows that our quality of cover is what the market wants to see.
"Openwork's distribution scale and focus on protection make them a perfect partner for Guardian. We are delighted to be working with them to support their protection growth aspirations whilst improving customer outcomes through our innovative proposition."
Paul Shearman, mortgage and protection proposition director of Openwork, said: "We like the
bold and brave approach Guardian is taking with their product design.
"Openwork is well known for protection advice; we believe it is the foundation of all quality financial planning.
"That is why we only want providers, like Guardian, which will help our network best meet their clients' needs and advise with confidence."
Since launching six months ago, Guardian's proposition has been awarded Defaqto five star status and F&TRC Gold ratings.