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The Car Finance Awards are back... in person on 5 October!

We’ve been eager to say those words for 14 long months. But the wait is now over. 

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that the Car Finance Awards 2021 will be back, live and in-person! To be able to physically welcome our guests, the awards ceremony will now take place on 5 October. Stay tuned as we announce more details about the live event.

To celebrate this fantastic news, and due to popular demand, we have decided to extend the entry deadline up until 4 June. This will be the final deadline and entry fees will remain at £250+VAT. If you felt that you didn’t have enough time to build a powerful story, use the extra time and
start working your entry(ies) now!.

 


A symbol of achievement within the industry


After a year like no other, the core mission of the Car Finance Awards has never been stronger: To champion the best in class to inspire the entire sector to continue delivering outstanding services!

 

The only awards programme to connect dealers, lenders and brokers, the Car Finance Awards have made a digital pivot, using the pandemic as a catalyst for innovation, agility and transformation.

 

A fully digital TV broadcast, the Car Finance Awards deliver a completely immersive experience, with the opportunity to visit ’virtual tables’, cheer for the winners live, and enjoy quality experiences.


2021 Nominations now open

 


2021 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

 

With three new categories open for 2021, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the leaders, influencers and rising stars within your business and across the car finance industry

 

Give your team the credit they deserve... and feel free to nominate yourself too!

 

NOMINATE NOW

 


Why nominate and watch the Car Finance Awards?

 

  • Make your team feel valued: Celebrating the industry’s outstanding achievements will stress the vital role played by your team
  • Inspire your teams to be the best they can be by looking at the independently judged ’best in class’
  • Be a supportive voice in the community by cheering for the rising stars and leaders
  • Seize your chance to network with top names in the industry
  • Embark on a fun evening and enjoy an excuse to dress up... from the waist up at least!

 

Testimonials:

"An excellent engaging evening"

Chief Executive Officer

Autogenesis


"Enjoyable and good networking"

Head of Marketing

Bonafidee


"Well attended, good environment to mix with peers"

Deputy Head of Lending

Raphaels Bank


NOMINATE NOW

 

 

 

Judges View All


Judges


Adrian Dally

Director of Motor Finance and Strategy
Finance & Leasing Association (FLA)

Andrew Brameld

Managing Director – Motor Finance
BNP Paribas Personal Finance UK

Gerry Kouris

Marketing Manager
ALPHERA Financial Services

Graham Filmer

Director
Rocket Performance

Jo Davis

Partner
Auxillias

Julian Rance

Managing Director - Car Finance
Paragon Bank

Laura Jones

Head of Connected Car Finance
DSG Group

Oliver Mackaness

Director
Billing Finance

Peter Cottle

Practice Lead - Automotive Sector
Growcap

Steve Reynolds

Head of Motor Finance
Spectrum Insurance Services

Seán Kemple

Managing Director
Close Brothers Motor Finance

James McGee

Managing Director
Northridge Finance

2021 Categories


 

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View the categories here or start nominating here.

We recommend however that you look at the below information. Additionally, if you’re looking for tips on how to best prepare your submission, why not read our interview with some of our judges?

 

 

 

 

GETTING STARTED

  • Login or register for free to view the category criteria, what the judges are looking for and to start your entries.
  • From there you can enter as many categories you wish and can
  • Edit and return to your entries as many times as you like before the final submission.

IMPORTANT DATES & INFORMATION

  • An admin fee is applied for each entry submission.
  • A standard entry fee of £150 will be applied until 5 March 2021.
  • A late entry fee of £250 will be applied until the final deadline of 7 May 2021.

CONFIDENTIALITY

  • All materials will remain confidential to the judges.
  • Winning case studies may be used in post-event materials to promote best practice but permission will be sought from entrants before publishing.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
By entering the awards, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions as well as to our privacy notice.

START THE SUBMISSION PROCESS:

  • Check the 2021 categories in the below list
  • Select relevant categor(y)ies.
  • If you wish to submit entries for several categories, simply come back to this page and re-start the process by selecting a new category.

WHATEVER YOU NEED, WE’RE HERE TO HELP

 

Whether that be support with writing your entries or

suggestions on which categories are best fit for you, we’re here for you.

 

Simply contact Ioana, our Awards Manager directly by email.

 


2021 Categories

Enter Category

The winning entry will demonstrate how the broker has provided best-in-class service not just to the lenders it works with, but also the dealers and end-users it takes business from.

Enter Category

The winning entry will show, quite simply, why the business in question considers itself to be the best in its peer group to work for.

Enter Category

The winning entry will show how a business has moved ahead of the curve to either support or provide finance sales through the online channel.

 

Enter Category

The winning entry will demonstrate how the bank-owned lender has outperformed its competition both commercially, and in its approach to conduct, innovation and dealer service, to be considered the leading independent car finance provider.

Enter Category

The winning entry will demonstrate how the lender has provided exemplary support to both the manufacturer it provides finance for, and the dealer network it sells through, and could be considered a leading provider of manufacturer finance.

Enter Category

The winning entry will demonstrate how a firm has become known as a go-to legal authority for car finance providers.

 

Enter Category

The winning entry will demonstrate how the lender has provided exemplary support to both the manufacturer it provides finance for, and the dealer network it sells through, and could be considered a leading provider of manufacturer finance.

Enter Category

The winning entry will show outstanding commercial performance, and contribution to their employer’s growth. Demonstrate commitment to customers above and beyond the call of duty whilst showing they have an excellent professional reputation among customers and colleagues.

Enter Category

The winning entry will show how a lender has worked in true partnership with its dealer partners, supporting them with a competitive service and product offering.

Enter Category

The winning entry will show how a lender has worked in true partnership with its dealer partners, supporting them with a competitive service and product offering.

Enter Category

The winning entry will demonstrate how the lender has championed an ethical, profitable and commercially sustainable approach to offering specialist finance, offering its target demographic a fair, good-value proposition.

Enter Category

The winning entry will highlight how a company’s technology offering – defined as any software, system, technology service or process innovation – has created a demonstrable commercial advantage for a car finance provider, either directly or indirectly (such as by aiding compliance).

Enter Category

The winning entry will highlight how a piece of technology – defined as any software, system, technology service or process innovation – has created a demonstrable commercial advantage for a car finance provider, either directly or indirectly (such as by aiding compliance). This technology may have been developed in house, or by a third party provider.

Enter Category

The winning entry will describe how the nominated person has contributed to improved business performance (including financial results, customer wins, innovation it has brought to the market, customer testimonials, examples of strong leadership, and specific achievements and initiatives of the candidates) and who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last two years (with particular emphasis on the last 12 months).

Enter Category

Be creative - this category has deliberately broad criteria, as we want to hear who the industry feels should receive the accolade.

Enter Category

The winning entry will have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to business continuity or supporting clients through disruption.

Enter Category

The winner of this award will need to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Enter Category

The winner of this award will need to demonstrate an outstanding level of commitment to sustainability or launched products focussed on sustainability across the last 12 months.

Enter Category

The winning entry will outline a conduct strategy that goes far beyond treating customers fairly and offers an industry-leading level of service to consumers.

Enter Category

Within your entry, describe how the nominated person, business, team, product, initiative, campaign or concept has had a positive effect on the car finance industry, and how it has the potential to change things for good.

Enter Category

The winning entry will show how a business has created a product, technology, system, process or concept never before seen in car finance, and implemented it with demonstrable success.

Enter Category

The winner of this award will need to demonstrate exceptional performance and career development and must have less than five years’ industry service.

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2020 winners


 

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Discover our 2020 winners below:

 

Best Broker

Best Company to Work for

Best Direct Consumer Proposition

Sponsored by Moneybarn

Sponsored by LendingMetrics

Evoloution Funding

Billing Finance

 

RCI Financial Services & Groupe Renault


Best Independent Lender

(Bank Owned)

Best Independent Lender

(Non-Bank Owned)

Best Law Firm

Sponsored by Ardent Credit Services

Sponsored by Ardent Credit Services

Sponsored by Chartsbridge

MotoNovo Finance

Billing Finance

 

TLT


Best Manufacturer Finance Provider

Best Service for Dealers

Best Specialist Car Finance Provider

Sponsored by Chartsbridge

Sponsored by Chartsbridge

BMW Group Financial Services

iVendi

 

Oracle Car Finance


Best Technology Partner

Best Use of Technology

Customer Service Excellence

Sponsored by LendingMetrics

LendingMetrics

RCI Financial Services & VideoSmart

Alphabet GB


Game-changer

Innovation Award

Rising Star Award

Sponsored by Chartsbridge

Automotive Compliance

iVendi

 

Neil Leonard, Close Brothers Motor Finance


Car Finance Business Leader of the Year

 

Car Finance Personality of the Year

Richard Hoggart, DSG Financial Services Group

 

Lee Streets, Evolution Funding

 

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Sponsors


 

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We are committed to working in partnership with our sponsors to ensure sponsors achieve their aims. Please complete the short request form detailing your requirements and a member of the team will be in touch within 24 hours with a targeted proposal.

 

 

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Car Finance Conference


 

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2021 challenges

2021 presents a fresh set of challenges for the car finance market – getting back to growth, new FCA guidance and the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ emissions strategy.


A digital broadcast event
Join us on 23 March as Europe’s ’premier car finance event’ brings a wealth of industry experts together to discuss time-critical topics. From managing strategic growth during this latest lockdown, to compliance, digital transformation, the customer journey and supporting individuals through forbearance, we’ll cover it all.

Our TV broadcast platform delivers a fully immersive experience. With live Q&A sessions, polls, targeted attendee matchmaking and a virtual exhibition, our digital broadcast provides all the benefits of in-person events from the safety and comfort of your home.

 

 

Discover the 2021 conference topics

 

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HOW DO I ENTER?

Entries must be submitted online. Full details of how to submit your entry can be found on the enter page.

WHY SHOULD WE ENTER?

Winning a Car Finance Award is a symbol of achievement, a veritable endorsement of success enhancing your credibility and standing in the eyes of your peers and your customers, not to mention the exceptional marketing and PR opportunities your win guarantees you.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE AN ENTRY FORM?

Please allow sufficient time to complete your entry before the closing date. It should not take longer than a couple of hours to complete the form, however we would recommend that to ensure your entry is as strong as possible, the more time spent on preparation the better. You can save your entry and come back and update it online, so you do not need to submit it until you are happy with it. This year you can also email the entry to yourself or colleagues that may wish to add to the entry.

WHAT SUPPORTING MATERIAL CAN I SUBMIT?

For every category you can supply up to two A4 pages of supporting documentation.

Please ensure you keep to these guidelines as anything else will be disregarded by the judges. Judges particularly like to see third party validation of any claims made within the entry.

WHAT CRITERIA DO WE NEED TO MEET?

There are separate criteria for each of the categories and this appears on the category pages. The underlying values associated with all the categories are business ethics, innovation and success.

ARE ENTRY FORMS AND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?

All materials will remain confidential to the judges who are all under NDA. Winning case studies may be used in post-event materials to promote best practice but permission will be sought from entrants before publishing.

CAN WE SUBMIT MULTIPLE ENTRIES?

Multiple entries may be submitted. You may enter as many different categories as you are eligible for and there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit per category.

WHEN DO ENTRIES OPEN?

Entries for the 2021 Car Finance Awards are now open and will close on 10 May 2021.

IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?

An admin fee is applied for each entry submission.
A standard entry fee of £150 will be applied until 5 March 2021.
A late entry fee of £250 will be applied until the final deadline of 10 May 2021.

 

Upon submitting your entry(ies), a member of the Credit Strategy team will contact you to send you your invoice.

CAN WE GET FEEDBACK IF WE ARE UNSUCCESSFUL?

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into after the judging. Due to the number of entries and the confidential process we are unfortunately unable to give feedback on to why an entry has not been included on the shortlist or didn’t win.

ARE THERE WINNERS PACKAGES AVAILABLE?

WHEN DOES THE EVENT TAKE PLACE?

The event will be broadcasted on 22 June 2021 from 4pm to 7pm.

WHERE WILL THE EVENT TAKE PLACE?

Due to the current covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the Car Finance Awards will be broadcasted live from a London TV-studio. More information to be released soon.

WHAT ARE CREDIT STRATEGY’S MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS?

You can register for free here or take advantage of our Premium Membership to receive discounted conferences passes, exclusive access to premium content on our website and a hard copy of each new magazine we print.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact membership@creditstrategy.co.uk

HOW CAN I BECOME A SPEAKER AT AN EVENT?

Find out about speaking opportunities by contacting our Conference Production team on 020 7940 4820

WHAT OTHER EVENTS DO CREDIT STRATEGY HOST?

To find out about all Credit Strategy events please click here.

MY QUESTION ISN’T COVERED ABOVE, WHO DO I CONTACT?

Contact our Awards Manager, Ioana Damu
t: 020 7940 4835 - press 4
e: idamu@creditstrategy.co.uk

 

Sales team

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e: sales@creditstrategy.co.uk

 

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Judges 2021

Adrian Dally

Adrian Dally

Andrew Brameld

Andrew Brameld

Gerry Kouris

Gerry Kouris

Graham Filmer

Graham Filmer

James McGee

James McGee

Jo Davis

Jo Davis

Julian Rance

Julian Rance

Laura Jones

Laura Jones

Oliver Mackaness

Oliver Mackaness

Peter Cottle

Peter Cottle

Seán Kemple

Seán Kemple

Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds

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