2021 Sponsors

comparethemarket.com launched in 2006 and has grown rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading price comparison websites. Providing customers with an easy way to make the right choice for them on a wide range of products including motor, home, life, travel and pet insurance as well as utilities and money products such as credit cards and loans, comparethemarket.com works with the best and most trusted organisations to ensure quality service to consumers

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Pioneers in the equity release market, Key Group is on a mission to be the UK’s leading retirement finance expert, focused on helping people finance a better retirement.  The Group is proud to have helped over-55s release more than £5 billion worth of equity from their properties during its almost 25-years of operation.

Evolving to meet the needs of the over-50s market, brands within Key Group include the UK’s leading equity release adviser (Key), innovative later life lender (more2life), respected referral service (Key Partnerships) and leading later life service provider (AIR Group).

Key Group is determined to help grow the later life lending market through helping to develop advice standards, supporting the growing number of advisers and launching innovative retirement lending products.

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LifeSearch recently reached a major milestone: we protected family number 600,000 and life number 1,000,000. Back in 1998, when the company was three people and a desk, this was the stuff of pipe dreams.

Over 22 years we’ve grown but we’ve never lost connection to our purpose. We’re here for families. Every day we advocate and battle for industry change. We fight for fairness in claims and support families through dark times.

This mission underpins everything we do at LifeSearch and today we’re the biggest of our kind. We offer expert independent advice to customers in life insurance, critical illness cover, income protection, family income benefit, serious illness cover and business insurance. We’ve won dozens of awards for our expertise and service, and customers rate us 4.9 out of 5 (excellent) on TrustPilot.

“We love sponsoring the Consumer Champion of the Year award as it’s so perfectly in-sync with what we strive for. It’s hard to think of a higher purpose than communicating truths, raising awareness, and helping people to feel more confident in money matters. Any journalists who usher people towards protection – and the priceless peace-of-mind it offers – need to be recognised and rewarded. If we can help to point the spotlight in the right place then sign us up!”

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At OpenMoney, we’re making financial advice accessible and affordable to everyone. We’ve helped thousands of people gain access to advice and financial support through our app and online platform and this year we’re launching our end-to-end home-buying advice service, Home by OpenMoney. Combining sophisticated technology and real people, we’ll advise and support you every step of the way through your home-buying journey and beyond. We’re here to move home-buying from daunting to done.

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Schroders’ purpose is to create betters futures by investing responsibly for our clients. As a global investment manager, we recognise we have an important part to play in shaping the future of all our stakeholders. Our focus on doing the right thing for our clients, our people and wider society lies at the centre of our culture. We are committed to delivering positive outcomes for all. An active approach to creating better futures.

We actively and responsibly manage investments for a wide range of institutions and individuals, to help them meet their financial goals as they change over time. The world is forever changing but throughout our long history, we have continued to adapt our business, keeping our focus on what matters most to our clients, today and in the future.

Our clients are at the centre of the business and our ongoing success is built on an understanding of their evolving needs. We partner with them and construct innovative products and solutions across our five business areas and invest in a wide range of asset classes and diverse geographies. Our clients include insurance companies, pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations. We also manage assets for end clients as part of our relationships with distributors, financial advisers and online platforms.

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Founded in 1815, Scottish Widows is part of Lloyds Banking Group, the UK’s largest digital bank and financial services group. With around £160bn assets under administration and 6 million customers, Scottish Widows’ award-winning product range includes workplace and individual pensions, annuities, life cover, critical illness, income protection as well as savings and investment products. Customers can access our products and services through independent financial advisers, directly, and through all Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax branches.

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