Mortgage Strategy Awards 2016: The winners

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Last night, the great and the good of the market attended the 14th Mortgage Strategy Awards.

These awards grow in prestige every year. They enable us to celebrate our market once again as the cream of the sector gathers to relax and exchange business tips.

In particular, we celebrate the resilience of the broker market, which is thriving in the wake of the Mortgage Market Review.

More lenders than ever are relying on the intermediary distribution channel as the role of advised sales grows. And consumers are turning in greater numbers to brokers for help in navigating a complex marketplace with extra layers of regulation and rock-bottom interest rates.

This makes the quality and depth of your advice more important than ever, and these awards – the mortgage industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – toast the very best of the best.

The response from readers has been incredible, with over 2,000 nominations received. From these, shortlists were created and passed to a panel of experts chaired by Mortgage Strategy editor Paul Thomas, which decided upon the winners.

More than 900 people attended this year’s awards event, which was hosted by Romesh Ranganathan. We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves and, to those who did not attend, we hope to see you next year.

We would like to congratulate all the winners and to wish everybody the best of luck for the coming year.

The winners:

Best broker for general insurance: London & Country

Best technology provider: ULS Technology

Best specialist broker/distributor: Brightstar

Best surveyor/valuer (individual firms): E.surv Chartered Surveyors

Best surveyor/valuer (panel managers): Legal & General Surveying Services

Best broker for short-term lending/bridging: Positive Lending

Best broker for equity release: Key Retirement

Best general insurance provider: Legal & General

Best equity release/lifetime lender: Legal & General

Best conveyancing service (panel managers): LMS

Best conveyancing service (individual firms): Blacks Solicitors

Best network (300+ ARs): Intrinsic Financial Services

Best broker for protection: London & Country

Best network (up to 300 ARs): Mortgage Intelligence

Best short-term bridging lending: Precise Mortgages

Best buy-to-let lender: BM Solutions

Best secured loan broker: Colonial Second Charge Loans

Best mortgage club: Legal & General Mortgage Club

Best BDM team: Halifax Intermediaries

Best specialist lender: Precise Mortgages

Best use of technology by a broker: London & Country Mortgages

Best large loan lender: Clydesdale Bank

Best secured loan lender: Precise Mortgages

Best broker for buy-to-let: The Buy to Let Business

Best mortgage protection provider: Friends Life

Best mortgage lender: Halifax Intermediaries

Best mortgage broker: London & Country

Mortgage personality of the year: Pat Bunton, director, London & Country

Mortgage strategist of the year: Alan Cleary, managing director, Precise Mortgages

Outstanding contribution to the industry: Ray Boulger, senior technical manager, John Charcol