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.
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