Proud sponsor of Consumer Money Title of the Year
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.
Proud sponsor of Freelance Journalist of the Year
eToro was founded in 2007 with the vision of opening up the global markets for everyone to trade and invest in a simple and transparent way. As a global investment platform, we empower people to invest by giving them access to the financial instruments they want. From cryptoassets to stocks, we make investing easy and open up the shared knowledge of our global community. Today, eToro has over 11 million registered users across 140 countries who share their investment strategies and anyone can follow the approaches of those who have been the most successful. Users can easily buy, hold and sell assets, monitor their portfolio in real time, and transact whenever they want.
eToro acts as a bridge between the old world of investing and the new, helping investors navigate and benefit from the transition of assets to the blockchain. eToro is the only place where investors can hold traditional assets such as stocks or commodities alongside 'new' assets such as bitcoin. We believe that in the future all assets will be tokenised and that crypto is just the first step on this journey.
eToro is regulated in Europe by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in Australia.
Proud sponsor of Protection Journalist of the Year (B2B & Consumer)
Guardian is a famous name in financial services with a long history of helping to protect families since 1821. We re-entered the market in 2018 with a single ambition; for every family to have protection that they truly believe in. We believe the only way to achieve that is if protection is sold with quality advice. That’s why we work exclusively with advisers.
Our brand promise is ‘Life. Made Better.’ We aim to make life better for everyone. Customers’ lives will be made better for knowing that they, and their dependants, have cover specially designed to never let them down. And advisers’ lives will be made better for knowing that working with us will be effortless, and that our policies will help them give the very best advice.
Proud sponsor of Rising Star of the Year (B2B)
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. Celebrating its 21th anniversary in 2019, the Group has helped over-55s release more than £5 billion of equity from their properties.
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 its market through helping to develop advice standards, supporting the growing number of equity release advisers and launching innovative retirement lending products.
Proud sponsor of Press Team of the Year
Lansons is a strategic reputation management consultancy, acting as trusted advisers to organisations across the world. Formed in 1989, with offices in London and New York, our team of consultants blend expertise across customer, financial, policy, employee and media engagement to help build and protect reputations from the inside out, in ways that are authentic and purposeful. Our belief is that reputation is not just what you say but how you do what you do, and this has been at the heart of our advice for three decades. Whether our aim is to disrupt, gain ground, retain a position or take the lead, we develop authentic yet original ways of engaging the people that matter, to help shape better reputations.
Proud sponsor of Consumer Champion of the Year
LifeSearch protects more than 100,000 families a year from many offices across the UK and one in South Africa. We serve the customers of leading price comparison websites, banks and insurers, through online trading and expert advice and support over the telephone.
Our driving purpose has long been, “To love getting far more people than anyone ever thought possible to protect themselves, their families and their businesses, in a way we know is best for them.” We are getting there.
We are the UKs largest protection intermediary by quite some way and regularly lend our 21 years’ worth of expertise to insurers and other trade organisations who ask for our help to improve what our market does for consumers and we are proud to have recently helped found the Women in Protection group too.
We say: “LifeSearch loves sponsoring the Consumer Champion of the Year award because we can’t think of a higher purpose for a personal finance journalist than being just that. Our version of championing consumers is to help them get the best life insurance and protection outcomes possible by doing to them as we would be done by and so helping them and their families to be more financially resilient.
So this award, which recognises those who champion the cause of consumers every day, is right up our street.”
Proud sponsor of General Insurance Journalist of the Year (B2B & Consumer)
MORE TH>N was launched in June 2001, with the desire to go the extra mile for the customer, deliver more than words and treat customers as individuals. Offering car, home, pet, travel insurance and life insurance, MORE TH>N has thousands of dedicated employees around the UK to delivering the great customer service and products our customers demand and expect. Being part of the RSA Group, which has more than 300 years of heritage in the insurance industry, we are proud of the way that we carry out our business, creating a positive social and environmental impact wherever we can. As society’s risk managers, we protect customers on their journeys, we also work to make the roads safer. As we protect homes, families and businesses, we help communities to thrive. And as we support people in managing uncertainty, we try to tackle our greatest environmental threats.
Proud sponsor of Commentator of the Year
Octopus Investments, part of the Octopus Group, is an award-winning, fast-growing investment business dedicated to delivering quality services and products to financial advisers and investors across the UK. We offer products ranging from tax-efficient investments to multi-manager funds, UK smaller company investing, cash management and peer to peer lending. At Octopus we champion the value of financial advice and passionately believe that more people and their families could benefit from financial planning. We want to change the world of investments by offering a straight-talking approach, exceptional customer service and a range of products that aim to do what they say they will.
Proud sponsor of Headlinemoney Journalist of the Year
At OpenMoney, we’re making financial advice accessible and affordable to everyone.
There are millions of people across Britain who would benefit from financial advice but can’t afford or can’t access it. As a result, many of these people get caught in financial cycles that they struggle to get out of.
We’re here to help these people.
By combining sophisticated technology with real people, we offer financial advice through our online platform, and offer tools to help people get out of their financial cycles through our OpenMoney app.
Financial advice for all.
Proud sponsor of Broadcast Journalist of the Year
Quilter is a leading provider of advice, investments and wealth management both in the UK and internationally, managing £118.7 billion of investments on behalf of over 900,000 customers (as at 30 September 2019). We put good customer outcomes at the heart of what we do, helping to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow. We achieve this through quality face to face advice; strong long term investment management performance; a commitment to building long-term relationships and by delivering consistent and award-winning customer service.
Proud sponsor of Savings Journalist of the Year
RCI Bank opened its digital doors in June 2015 and believes in simplifying savings; we believe that a good savings account can help consumers stay in control of their finances and help you get on with living your life. Based in Hertfordshire, RCI Bank is a subsidiary of RCI Bank and Services, Groupe Renault’s finance company based in France. The bank was awarded Best Savings Provider for Existing Customers at the Moneynet.co.uk awards 2019, Best Simple Savings at the Savings Champion Awards 2019, and Best Savings Provider for Large Deposits at the 2018 Moneywise Awards.
Proud sponsor of Business Story of the Year
Rostrum specialises in working with financial services companies, professional services firms, corporate clients and fast-growth start-ups. Rostrum delivers PR, thought leadership, content, training, research and social media. Rostrum campaigns create brand value, drive awareness and generate measurable results. Rostrum is a PR Week Top 100 agency based in Farringdon.
Proud sponsor of Local/Regional Journalist of the Year
Saga is the UK's specialist in products and services for life after 50. The Saga brand has been carefully developed for almost 70 years to become one of the most recognised and trusted brands among UK consumers aged over 50. Saga is synonymous in the UK with the over 50s market and is recognised for its high quality, award winning products and services. These include insurance, personal finance, cruises and holidays and the Saga Magazine.
Proud sponsor of Investment Journalist of the Year (B2B & Consumer)
As a global investment manager responsible for £444.4 billion of assets*, we help institutions, intermediaries and individuals meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future.
As a global investment manager, we recognise that we have an important part to play in shaping the future for 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 and so we are committed to delivering positive outcomes for all. We see our purpose as creating a better future by investing responsibly for our clients. This is why we have committed to ensuring our global operations will be run on a net carbon zero basis from 1 January 2020 with environmental, social and governance (ESG) integrated across all of our investments by 2020. We have seen first-hand the transformative power of impact investing and microfinance through our majority ownership of BlueOrchard.
As the owners of capital, investors have the opportunity to produce financial returns and provide better outcomes for society as a whole. At Schroders, it's integral to everything we do.
*As at 30 June 2019
Proud sponsor of Outstanding Achievement Award
Schroders Personal Wealth is a joint venture between Lloyds Banking Group and Schroders – two of the UK’s largest names in banking and asset management.
We were created to help more people across the UK benefit from financial advice. We have the advantage of solid foundations and a strong heritage. But we take a fresh, transparent and personal approach to financial planning.
We aim to provide clients with clarity and transparency in everything we do. This includes using technology to explain how long-term financial planning can add value to people’s lives; to give people access to information about their financial wellbeing; and to communicate with their adviser when it's convenient for the client. Our heritage may be 400 years old, but our approach is built for the future.
Proud sponsor of Consumer Money Journalist of the Year
Scottish Friendly is a leading UK mutual life and investments organisation. It provides investors and their families with a wide range of investment and protection solutions and provides life and investment products and services to other financial organisations.
Scottish Friendly has roots stretching back to 1862. Established as the City of Glasgow Friendly Society, its name changed in October 1992 when it took over Scottish Friendly Assurance.
In recent years Scottish Friendly has significantly restructured its business. The Group has flourished through a three-part growth strategy of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and business process outsourcing.
Proud sponsor of Pensions Journalist of the Year (B2B & Consumer)
Created in 1815, as the Scottish Widows Fund and Life Insurance Society, the business’s purpose was to prevent the widows, sisters and other female relatives of fund-holders plunging into poverty on the loss of the male breadwinner during the Napoleonic wars – an ambitious undertaking. Now, more than 200 years later, the insurance provider helps millions of people across the UK plan for their financial futures and protect their families.
Proud sponsor of Rising Star of the Year (Consumer)
A free smart thinking money app, Yolt empowers users to take control of their finances by enabling them to have one central view across all their current accounts, savings, credit cards and investments. Yolt’s grown exponentially, evolving from a relatively unknown brand just two short years ago into a leading fintech venture that now sits at the forefront of open banking. Fast forward to today and Yolt now has over one million registered users, a 4+ star rating on the iOS app store and is live in the UK, Italy and France.
As well as users being able to manage their spending, savings and investments, Yolt continues to grow their in-app ecosystem to enable users to actively save, invest or to make their money work harder. Yolt partners include, PensionBee, Wealthify, MoneySuperMarket and, most recently, pan-European savings marketplace Raisin.
Proud sponsor of B2B Journalist of the Year
Yolt Technology Services is the leading open banking provider in Europe, building, managing and maintaining AIS and PIS connections for top financial institutions and ambitious tech businesses.
Built on the promise of Open Banking, Yolt Technology Services (YTS) was the driving force behind the launch of Open Banking in the UK and most well-known for powering the leading smart thinking money app – Yolt. Currently responsible for millions of API calls every week, the YTS-powered Yolt app have grown to over one million registered users in just over two years – empowering consumers to manage their finances and allowing other like-minded businesses to invest in the future of open banking.