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FR Awards 2017

2017 #FRAwards Sponsors

The Financial Reporter Industry Awards are supported by a host of the industry's biggest names, whose support is invaluable in making the awards happen and shows that the programme has become a real benchmark for quality within our industry.

2017 winners announced2017 winners announced

The votes have been counted and your winners for this year's Financial Reporter Awards have been revealed!

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Platinum Sponsors

MT Finance
Platinum Sponsor

MT Finance

MTF is a leading bridging finance lender specialising in short term loans including auction finance and bridging loans, on both a first and second charge basis. As a non-status lender, MTF do not require evidence of credit history, accounts, or proof of income and our highly flexible approach allows us to make quick decisions and deliver funds at speed.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best STL/Bridging Broker

Payment Shield
Platinum Sponsor

Payment Shield

Paymentshield partners with many of the UK's leading insurance providers, including Allianz, Legal & General, RSA and Zurich, to help advisers maximise the general insurance opportunity.

Its market-leading products are designed to meet the needs of homeowners, landlords and tenants and keep their minds at ease by protecting what matters most.

Since its launch nearly 25 years ago, the company has specialised in providing a range of quality insurance products via mortgage intermediaries.

Advisers receive ongoing support and training from Paymentshield aimed at encouraging them to have more significant conversations about insurance and allowing them to provide a seamless service to customers.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best General Insurance Broker

Precise Mortgages
Platinum Sponsor

Precise Mortgages

Precise Mortgages, the specialist mortgage lender, delivers innovative residential, buy to let, bridging and second charge loans, which are available solely through a nationwide intermediary base.

Its mission is to broaden the criteria for mortgage approval to support home owning aspirations and buy to let entrepreneurialism. Its award-winning, technology-driven underwriting and credit risk management processes mean Precise Mortgages can be more expansive in its mortgage and loan approvals – serving those underserved by mainstream lenders.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Protection Provider

Shawbrook
Platinum Sponsor

Shawbrook

Shawbrook is a specialist savings and lending bank offering a straightforward, no-nonsense alternative to the high street.

The Property Finance division consists of two award-winning businesses providing innovative lending solutions – the Commercial Mortgages and Residential Mortgages teams.

The Commercial Mortgages arm has an offering designed specifically for property professionals looking for short or longer term funding against a range of residential, mixed use and commercial property assets, with flexible options available for individuals, Ltd companies and LLPs.

The Residential Mortgages team offers second charge mortgages to customers looking to raise capital, whilst leaving their existing mortgage deal in place. We help customers raise up to £1million for an array of purposes, from consolidating their outgoings, to paying for home improvements, the perfect wedding or even pilot training – the options are almost endless.

Both teams within the Property Finance division use a combination of innovative technology and common-sense decision-making, providing a service that is committed at all times to positive customer outcomes.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Personality of the Year

Together
Platinum Sponsor

Together

Few other specialist lenders provide first and second charge mortgages and bridging finance secured on residential, commercial properties, semi-commercial, buy-to-let, and land. And with more than 42 years' experience of working with financial intermediaries, even fewer have the same understanding of brokers' needs as we do.

Why we're different

Computers don't make our lending decisions, our people do. They're the ones with the experience to understand the unique circumstances behind each application, the knowledge to find the right solution, and the desire to go the extra mile to help. And being a responsible and flexible lender, we go further to say 'yes'. It's an approach that's seen us go from strength to strength over the years.

Together has enjoyed robust growth in recent years, and has a current loan book in excess of £1.8 billion, with new lending for the year to 30 June 2016 topping £1 billion for the first time in its 42-year history.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Second Charge Mortgage Broker

UTB
Platinum Sponsor

UTB

MTF is a leading bridging finance lender specialising in short term loans including auction finance and bridging loans, on both a first and second charge basis. As a non-status lender, MTF do not require evidence of credit history, accounts, or proof of income and our highly flexible approach allows us to make quick decisions and deliver funds at speed.

Platinum Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsor

vida

Vida Homeloans is an intermediary-only specialist mortgage lender, offering Residential and Buy-to-Let mortgages via selected distribution partners. It is developing flexible, affordable and criteria-driven mortgage solutions via the intermediary market by focusing on customers who are currently underserved by mainstream UK lenders. The Vida Homeloans proposition has been developed with the intermediary in mind, incorporating in-depth feedback from brokers to create a mortgage origination platform that has been designed by intermediaries for intermediaries. Every mortgage application is reviewed on its own merits to ensure that underwriting is on a case-by-case basis, with the customer at the heart of every decision.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Buy to Let Broker

Gold Sponsors

IFA Conveyancy

The IFAConveyancing programme was designed and built by IFA's for use by IFA's and mortgage brokers. The vision was to produce a simple to use web based tool that would allow brokers access to top quality solicitors with the most competitive prices available on the internet. Our investment in technology allows us to deliver conveyancing quotes in a very cost effective manner, passing larger savings on to our introducers.

We constantly review our conveyancing prices to ensure we are the most competitive conveyancing provider for mortgage brokers. Our technology allows our solicitor partners to deliver a high quality service for a reduced cost. Our optional white label (website plugin) is valued by our users as it adds value to their own websites and brings in an additional income stream.

Our Fixed Fee Commercial Conveyancing proposition is completely unique in the market place and is being used by an increasing number of brokers since its launch last year.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Broker

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Surveyor/Valuer

More2Life

More 2 Life is the 3 third largest lender in the lifetime mortgage market. We specialise in providing innovative lending solutions for the over 55s in retirement. At more 2 life we have the widest choice of product features for your clients including impaired lives, cashbacks, low interest rates, fixed ERCs, Guaranteed Inheritance Feature and the best partial repayment option on the market.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Technology Provider

Mortgage Advice Bureau

Mortgage Advice Bureau is a leading mortgage network as well as the UK's most recognised intermediary consumer brand*.

Winning over 70 national awards for the quality of its advice and service during the last five years, Mortgage Advice Bureau has over 950 advisers offering expert mortgage advice on a local, regional and national level to UK consumers, both face to face and over the phone.

Mortgage Advice Bureau handles over £12bn of loans annually, and was the first – and is currently the only – mortgage intermediary to have floated on the London Stock Exchange, having joined the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in November 2014.

*Based on Opinium Research, Summer 2016.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Lender

Responsible Life

We're proud of the awards we have been nominated for, and the growth we have achieved as a company since launching in 2010.

But we're more proud to have helped over 180,000 people on their way to a more comfortable life.

It's not easy for the over 55's. In fact, we surveyed 2000 of you and found that 96% found the government did not have your best interests at heart. With inheritance tax being a minefield, long-term care being so unclear and quantitative easing hitting retirees the hardest, it seems that you need to be on your toes to maintain the quality of life that you deserve.

That's why we work to bring you a range of financial solutions to swing the balance back in your favour. With our innovative range of lifetime mortgages, traditional mortgages, income protection and estate planning delivered to you with exceptional customer service, you can rest assured that we're working on your behalf.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Equity Release/ Lifetime Lender

Silver Sponsors

bluestone

We're in our second year but our ambition is same; to help more of your customers get an affordable mortgage. Our products are designed to help customers who can demonstrate affordability, but are struggling to get past automated application processes. We make our decisions based on your customer's individual circumstances so if they've failed a credit score or don't fit the traditional high street lenders profile, we may be able to help.

We're great to work with too - straight talking, honest and if it's a no, we'll tell you upfront so you know where you stand.

We wanted to work with quality advisers who could help shape our business. You didn't disappoint, your response has been incredible so we're looking forward to celebrating with you at the awards!

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Network

clever

Clever Lending are a pioneering and forward thinking master broker offering a range of specialist lending solutions. As client requirements become more diverse Clever support intermediaries through regulatory guidance and product development via our strong lending partnerships, all with the aim of maximising opportunities and presenting viable solutions for your clients. Our full proposition delivers expert support for firsts, seconds, commercial and bridging, all with a client centric service offering advice and support through the most complex of scenarios.

Through product, service, regulation or education, Clever focus on easing the way on your behalf delivering an efficient and expert service you can rely on whilst helping you identify the correct solution for your clients.

Sponsors Award Category:

Outstanding Contribution Award

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Short-term/Bridging Lender

fluent

Fluent for Advisers, the B2B trading style of Fluent Money Ltd, is part of the Fluent Group, and deals exclusively with the intermediary community in the provision of second charge facilities. Fluent Money was founded in 2008 and its founding directors have over 70 years joint experience of the secured loan market. Fluent for Advisers is dedicated to the mortgage intermediary sector and offers full advice and packaging services.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Club

Front Events

The financial services industry is consistently changing and so are the professionals within it. The Financial Services Expo has been designed to be a modern day event for the modern day finance professional.

Headed by leading event organiser James Prosser (previously of Clarion Events and Incisive Media) and industry legend John Malone.

FSE 2017 delivers a market leading line up of high street lenders and industry suppliers across the 4 shows for the largest body of intermediary delegates in 2017.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best General Insurance Provider

Loans Warehouse

Loans Warehouse are a leading UK finance broker passionately focused on delivering the best financial solutions. We like to think differently and find unique solutions to suit the individual that's why thousands of customers across the country have made us their first choice for finance and voted us the UK's best secured loans broker time and time again.

We are proud to be associated with the Financial Reporter Awards for the 7th straight year, this is one of the most significant awards in Financial Services, voted for by individuals rather than a small panel of 'experts'.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Second Charge Mortgage Lender

Masthaven Bridging Finance

We were the first new bank to be awarded a banking licence in 2016. However, we're not new. We've been providing a flexible and personalised approach to bridging loans and secured lending since 2004. Now we're bringing that expertise to retail banking. Our London headquarters is home to our UK contact centre, and our teams of knowledgeable and experienced specialists in savings and lending. We're committed to providing flexible and fixed term savings accounts, bridging loans, development finance and second charge mortgages.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Specialist Broker/ Distributor

Norton Broker Services

The Norton Finance Group is a family-owned business with over 43 years experience in the financial services industry. At Norton Broker Services, we specialise in secured finance and we understand what it means to be one of the country's leading master brokers. We have a whole of market panel of secured lenders, plus a large panel of mortgage lenders, and we're confident we can find the correct option for clients from all walks of life.

The main priority for Norton Broker Services is building solid and trusting relationships with our brokers; we strive to develop and grow to ensure that we meet the needs of both our brokers and the clients they entrust us to work with.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Legal Services

Property Reporter

Property Reporter is a property, lettings and investment news website for United Kingdom Landlords, Estate Agents, Investors and more. Our aim is to provide breaking and relevant press and analysis for both the residential and commercial real estate sectors.

PR launched in May 2012 following the success of sister website Financial Reporter which provides business finance news to brokers and intermediaries across the UK and is now one of the most visited news websites of its type.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Specialist Lender

TMA Mortgage Club

Prepare to see things differently.

We are a mortgage club that delivers results.

We are redefining the mortgage club.

Welcome to the new type of mortgage club, one that rewards loyalty. Because the more you do with us, the more we give you back.

At TMA our ambition is to be the mortgage club of choice, we can only do that by delivering the best level of service to directly authorised mortgage and protection firms. We have an expert team here who can help you.

Why join us?

  • Comprehensive panel of lenders
  • Market leading procuration fees
  • 24 hour payment of proc. Fees*
  • Exclusive products
  • Access to our mortgage desk
  • Second charge referral or advised service
  • General Insurance referral service
  • TMAGI: General Insurance Portal
  • Protection panel
  • Conveyancing
  • Sourcing software
  • Back office software
  • Compliance support
  • Specialist mortgage and protection regional events
  • Access to specialist field based support

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Buy to Let Lender

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Protection Broker