#FRA18 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.

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Platinum Sponsors

Knowledge Bank
Platinum Sponsor

Knowledge Bank

The UK's first Mortgage Criteria Search System for mortgage intermediaries.

Designed and built by brokers for mortgage brokers to make placing cases easier and quicker. Perform as many searches as you like over multiple criteria categories to find out which lenders will accept your client's criteria. We have over 38,000 individual criteria being kept up to date by over 100 lenders across residential, buy to let, equity release, self build, second charges and overseas mortgages.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Buy-to-Let Lender

Loans Warehouse
Platinum Sponsor

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 8th straight year, this is one of the most significant awards in Financial Services, voted for by individuals rather than a small panel of 'experts'.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Second Charge Mortgage Lender

Mortgage Advice Bureau
Platinum Sponsor

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 5 years.

It has over 1,000 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 2017.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Technology Provider

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 Buy-to-Let Broker

Platinum Sponsor


Proudly Different. Banking on great business relationships

At Shawbrook we take a different approach to business, and that includes the way we work with intermediaries. We offer a highly personalised service to your customers, where human experience counts for more than algorithms alone. And we provide flexible responsive products that are hard to find on the high street.

We rely on you for support – and offer our own support to your business in return.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Buy-to-Let Broker

Gold Sponsors

Foundation Home Loans

Foundation Home Loans is a specialist lender offering buy to let and residential products. For intermediaries only.

IFA Conveyancy

IFAConveyancing's comparison tool can be used to source the best conveyancing costs for your clients. Incorporated in 2007, with the aim of making conveyancing much more transparent using quality solicitors from around the country, IFAConveyancing has developed market leading technology to ensure the client and the mortgage advisor are kept in the loop at all stages of the transaction:

• Quotes are completely transparent, and come with a 'no completion no fee' guarantee
• Extremely competitively priced
• Case tracking updates to client and mortgage advisor
• Share documents direct with the solicitor via our portal (e.g. certified I.D.)
• Client care pack delivered to client and mortgage advisor within 2 working hours of instruction

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Broker


more 2 life has grown from its launch in 2007 to become the third largest equity release lender in the UK with over £1 billion of lending completed across a range of innovative products. We have been pioneers for a number of modern lending products and features, including medically enhanced and interest-served plans.

Having recently secured new funders and added even more solutions to our product proposition, we now offer the widest choice of plans, features and benefits in the market, backed by award-winning service via our market-leading online portal: it's what we call bright thinking, modern lending.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Legal Services

SimplyBiz Mortgages

Established in 2004, SimplyBiz Mortgages is committed to providing over 3,700 broking intermediaries with access to a full range of specialist support, covering mortgages, general insurance, protection and compliance support.

The team is exceptionally proud of its track record, providing Members with access to exclusive deals across all four areas, whilst building on its key principles which include: the provision of quality support to help brokers grow their businesses, saving them time, adding additional value and providing quality compliance support, to ensure their business and processes stand up to scrutiny.

In this way, SimplyBiz Mortgages continues to go from strength to strength, developing its Member base through its product availability and its innovative breadth of service and personal support.


Twenty7Tec specialises in the build, delivery and maintenance of unique technology solutions designed to drive efficiency in process for today's mortgage market. Backed by venture capital firm Verso Capital, the company supports some of the largest aggregator, intermediary and lender organisations in the UK, with a diverse array of technology systems, including award winning sourcing system 'MortgageSource'.

Twenty7Tec are here to shape the future of lending. Driving efficiency for Intermediaries, Networks and Lenders using technology. From robo & digital advice, to mortgage sourcing and straight through application processing.

Welcome to Twenty7Tec's world.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Club

ULS Technology

ULS technology is an independent innovative company whose transformative technology gives business partners a better way of delivering an improved conveyancing experience.

Founded in 2003 and listed on AIM in 2014, the Group is best known for making conveyancing more widely available to consumers, in particular through its eConveyancer technology platform.

ULS technology has also tailored conveyancing technology for multiple business partners, such as intermediaries, mortgage lenders, price comparison websites and estate agents.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Lender


Since its inception in 2007, Uinsure has established itself as the market leading B2B general insurance (GI) provider. In that time, Uinsure has won multiple industry awards – including being crowned 'Best General Insurance provider' by Financial Reporter for the past 3 years.

Uinsure only offer Defaqto 5 star rated policies and they were the first GI provider to offer a panel of leading insurers that share a true common policy wording. Uinsure's system is also the fastest in the market, enabling advisers to obtain a highly competitive quote in just 20 seconds.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best General Insurance Broker


United Trust Bank (UTB) is an expanding specialist bank providing a wide range of secured funding facilities for individuals and businesses. The Bank has dedicated divisions providing specialist mortgages, bridging finance, development finance, structured finance and asset finance.

UTB launched into mortgages in 2015, offering a range of award winning and competitive Second Charge loan products. The Bank's Bridging and Structured Finance Divisions are two of the most respected teams in the industry, arranging bespoke short term secured loans for individuals, charities, trusts and multi-national companies.

United Trust Bank's highly skilled and experienced staff provide regulated and unregulated lending solutions for a wide variety of purposes and customers receive quick, consistent lending decisions based on individual underwriting.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Network

Silver Sponsors


We understand each customer is different. For many people… getting a mortgage can be a challenge made even harder by the stringent lending criteria of high street banks.

We are a specialist mortgage lender. Our range of products has been designed for people that don't fit the traditional profile that high street banks want. Our service is special too - we promise to treat customers as individuals and make decisions based on their circumstances, not their credit score.

Our residential and buy-to-let products have been designed specifically for self-employed, contractors and customers who have had credit problems.

As a specialist mortgage lender, we take our job very seriously. We're committed to being a responsible lender and we review all applications in detail to make sure our customers can afford their mortgage repayments.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Specialist Broker/Distributor


Born in June 2014, Commercial Reporter is an online news service for the UK commercial finance industry, reaching over 3,000 industry individuals every day through our newsletters.

Our readers are a mixture of brokers, financial advisers, lenders and other financial intermediaries from across all sectors of the financial services industry including; commercial finance, bridging and short term lending, asset finance, invoice finance, leasing, and alternative lending.

Sponsors Award Category:

BDM of the Year

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 2018 delivers a market leading line up of high street lenders and industry suppliers across the 5 shows for the largest body of intermediary delegates in 2018.

Masthaven Bridging Finance

Our mission is to build a bank that challenges the conventions of traditional banking. We aim to take a broader view of customer lending criteria, giving you direct access to expert underwriters, flexible solutions, quickly and conveniently.

We received our banking licence in 2016 but we're not new. Far from it. We've been providing class-leading, short term bridging options, and secured lending since 2004. Today we can offer you access to a full range of short term and long term products including First Charge Residential and Buy to let mortgages.

We use technology to enhance processes but everything we do is underpinned by a flexible, human approach because we know people make much better decisions than a computer can.

We're looking forward to seeing you at FSE so we can tell you more.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Short-Term Lending Broker

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Specialist Lender

Sponsors Award Category:

Underwriter of the Year


As one of the UK's leading mortgage clubs, we're universally recognised for our market expertise, championing the needs of advisers, and helping businesses to raise their game.

Mostly known for offering dynamic propositions which continually evolve and adapt, along with the ability to secure high quality products, as well as market leading commissions.

We work hard to build positive long-term relationships and demonstrate value to members who use our services.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Mortgage Protection Broker


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 Mortgage Protection Provider

Pure Retirement

Founded on the belief that everyone deserves to enjoy their later years, we enable customers to access the value tied up in their homes with our lifetime mortgage solutions. We deliver first-class service, voted 'Best Provider for Adviser Support' at the Equity Release Awards two years running, believing in Service made possible with Technology, made meaningful by People.

Pioneers for the growth of Equity Release, we lead on Adviser Engagement through our partnership with the ER Council, close relationships with the clubs, and our sponsorship of events, educational newsletters and online resource tools for the whole adviser market.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Later Life Broker

Source - the GI Platform of Choice

Originally established as a software company, Source built a reputation for general insurance software from the early nineties. This year, the firm celebrates 25 years of service to the financial services industry.

Source's extensive panel of specialist and blue-chip insurers enables brokers direct access to tailored protection to meet the everyday and non-standard needs of their clients.

The firm is most proud of its various routes to securing extra income from GI. Among them, the industry's only Broker Loyalty Scheme, Source Rewards, and The Source Commission Guarantee, which commits to paying trail commission for the life of all policies, even into retirement.

Sponsors Award Category:

Outstanding Contribution Award


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.

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Second Charge Mortgage Broker


A bridging loan is a great solution when your client needs finance quickly in order to take advantage of opportunities that arise or resolve emergency situations.

Whilst bridging finance were once a niche product, they've grown in popularity due to their flexibility and quick completion times yet with so many short-term lenders on the market it can be difficult to find the best deal. At Y3S Bridging & Commercial our team of specialist brokers help financial intermediaries raise bridging loans for their clients everyday so you can rely on us to find you the best solution as quickly as possible.

We've used bridging loans for a wide variety of circumstance from helping an expat landlords raise capital, to stopping a potential bankruptcy or helping a first-time landlord get on the ladder.

Whether your client opts for an open / closed bridging loan, development finance or Btl/commercial mortgage they can expect the best when dealing with a master broker like Y3S Bridging & Commercial.

If you've got a challenging case and not sure what the best solution is, give one of our bridging and commercial specialists a call on 0800 014 7798

Sponsors Award Category:

Best Short-Term Lender