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10 November 2021 | Hilton London Bankside

2021 Entries now open


 

Entries are now open for the 2021 Lending Awards. The awards are independently judged and culminate in a live, in-person ceremony, providing an excellent forum for celebrating success and unparalleled networking opportunities.

 

View the individual categories below or start nominating here.

 

 

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+VAT will be applied until 27 August 2021
  • A late entry fee of £250+VAT will be applied until the final deadline of 17 September 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

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2021 CATEGORIES


Alternative Finance


Alternative Consumer Lender of the Year

Organisations that should enter:
Alternative lenders, those who offer alternative forms of consumer lending to traditional high-street retail banking, financial lending disruptors centred around an innovative fintech model and those who consider their lending proposition to target those not historically served by traditional high street retail banking, including payday lending and high-cost short-term lending.

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Alternative SME Lender of the Year

Organisations that should enter:
Alternative lenders, those who offer alternative forms of SME lending to traditional high-street retail banking, financial lending disruptors centred around an innovative fintech model and those who consider their lending proposition to target those not historically served by traditional high street retail banking.

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Best Challenger Bank

Organisations that should enter:
Challenger banks that offer specialist consumer lending and banking services outside of the core focus of traditional high street banks.

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Best Fintech Lender

Organisations that should enter:
Organisations who lend money and consider their business model to be based around a new, innovative and disruptive business model with a piece of fintech at its heart.

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Best P2P Lending Platform

Organisations that should enter:
Peer-to-peer lending platforms and organisations, crowdfunding platforms, those who lend through a model that matches lenders directly to borrowers.

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Consumer Credit Card Provider

Organisations that should enter:

Applications must be made on behalf of companies that are defined as consumer credit and/or store card providers by credit trade associations or fit the commonly held definitions of those corporate entities.

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Customer Service Excellence - Alternative Lending

Organisations that should enter:
Any alternative lenders, who offers alternative forms lending to traditional high-street retail banking, financial lending disruptors centred around an innovative fintech model and those who consider their lending proposition to target those not historically served by traditional high street retail banking.

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Customer Service Excellence - Credit Cards

Organisations that should enter:

Applications must be made on behalf of companies that are defined as consumer credit and/or store card providers by credit trade associations or fit the commonly held definitions of those corporate entities.

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Commercial Lending


 

Best Asset Finance Provider

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing asset finance/leasing products to UK SMEs, as a specialism or as part of a wider product suite. Please note - businesses which self-define as asset-based finance providers, but which do not provide HP or leasing products among their product suite should enter ‘best invoice finance provider’.

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Best Commercial Finance Broker

Organisations that should enter:

Any business acting primarily as an intermediary between UK commercial finance providers and SME customers.

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Best Commercial Lender

Organisations that should enter:

Any lender providing commercial finance products of any kind to UK business customers, which offers more than one family of products - for example a business which provides invoice finance, as well as asset finance & leasing. Entries may concern a group of businesses providing different products across a range of subsidiaries.

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Best Invoice Finance Provider

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing invoice finance products to UK SMEs, as a specialism or as part of a wider product suite. Please note - businesses which self-define as asset-based finance providers should enter this category.

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Best Online Commercial Lender

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing lending services to UK businesses, with either a primary focus on, or a significant offering in, the online channel. Brokers and other intermediaries should enter ‘best commercial finance broker’.

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Best Specialist Commercial Lender

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing lending services to UK businesses, with a specialism in serving a particular type of customer - this can mean businesses in a particular sector, in a particular risk bracket, or with a particular need in terms of finance. Brokers and other intermediaries should enter ‘best commercial finance broker’.

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Best Support for SMEs

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing commercial finance of any kind to UK SMEs.

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Business Credit Card Provider

Organisations that should enter:

Applications must be made on behalf of companies that are defined as business credit card providers by credit trade associations or fit the commonly held definitions of those corporate entities.

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Mortgage Lending


 

Best Building Society for Mortgages

Organisations that should enter:

For companies that are defined as building societies by credit trade associations such as the BSA or fit the commonly held definitions of those corporate entities.

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Best Mainstream Mortgage Lender

Organisations that should enter:

For companies that are defined as mortgage lenders by credit trade associations such as the BSA or UK Finance Association (CML) or fit the commonly held definitions of those corporate entities. Who have been established for more than 10 years and have focus on products that meet mass market needs. Entrants may or may not have high street branches.

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Best Mortgage Broker

Organisations that should enter:

Any business acting primarily as a broker between UK mortgage providers and consumers. 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 consumers it serves. Networks & Mortgage Clubs should enter ‘Best mortgage distributor’

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Best Mortgage Distributor

Organisations that should enter:

Any business functioning as a distributor between UK mortgage providers and consumers, that operates as either a network, mortgage club or specialist distributor. The winning entry will demonstrate how the distributor has provided best-in-class service not just to the lenders it works with, but also the consumers it serves.

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Best Online Mortgage Lender

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing mortgages to UK consumers, with either a primary focus on, or a significant offering in, the online channel. Brokers and other intermediaries should enter ‘best mortgage broker’ or ‘best mortgage distributor’.

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Best Specialist Mortgage Lender

Organisations that should enter:

Any business providing lending services to UK businesses, with a specialism in serving a particular type of customer - this can mean in a particular risk bracket, or with a particular need in terms of finance. Brokers and other intermediaries should enter ‘best mortgage broker’ or ‘best mortgage distributor’.

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Customer Service Excellence - Mortgage Lending

Organisations that should enter:
Any companies that are defined as mortgage lenders by credit trade associations such as the BSA or UK Finance Association (CML) or fit the commonly held definitions of those corporate entities.

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Non-specific


 

Best Brand

Organisations that should enter:
Marketing professionals and teams, those tasked with external communications and customer service managers and champions for UK alternative finance providers, commercial finance providers or mortgage lenders. External PR organisations and marketing strategists who work with UK alternative finance providers, commercial finance providers or mortgage lenders.

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Best Credit Information Provider

Organisations that should enter:

Any company providing data or data services for use in credit decision-making by UK Alternative finance providers, commercial finance providers or mortgage lenders.

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Best Legal & Advisory Service

Organisations that should enter:
Any law, consultancy or professional services firm providing advisory or legal services to the UK alternative finance, commercial finance or mortgage sectors.

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Best Technology Partner

Organisations that should enter:
Any company providing a technology offering – defined as any software, system, technology service or process innovation – providing a demonstrable commercial advantage for a UK alternative lender, commercial lender or mortgage lender, either directly or indirectly (such as by aiding compliance).

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Company Award for Business Continuity

Organisations that should enter:

Any business operating within either alternative finance, commercial finance or the mortgage sector, including service providers, who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to business continuity or supporting clients through disruption.

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Company Awards for Sustainability

Organisations that should enter:

Any business operating within either alternative finance, commercial finance or the mortgage sector, including service providers, who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to sustainability or launched products focused on sustainability across the last 12 months.

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Debt Servicing Excellence

Organisations that should enter:
Individuals and teams of servicers which provide debt management and collection services to UK alternative lenders, commercial lenders or mortgage lenders. Award is for the organisation.

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Gamechanger

Organisations that should enter:

Within your entry, describe how the nominated person, business, team, product, initiative, campaign or concept has had a positive effect on the sector which they operate within (either alternative finance, commercial finance or the mortgage sector), and how it has the potential to change things for good.

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Innovation Award

Organisations that should enter:

The winning entry will show how a business has created a product, technology, system, process or concept never before seen in their sector (either alternative finance, commercial finance or the mortgage sector), and implemented it with demonstrable success.

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Leaders and Pioneers


 

Business Leader of the Year

Who should enter:

A leader of a business operating within either alternative finance, commercial finance or the mortgage sector, who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 12 months. Judges will examine the progress/growth of the company in the last two years (with particular emphasis on the last 12 months.)

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Rising Star

Organisations that should enter:
This award is for those who are in the alternative finance, commercial finance or the mortgage professions, who spend the majority of their time working in either of these three fields. They will need to demonstrate exceptional performance and career development and must have less than five years’ industry service.

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2021 Categories

PAST STATS

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191


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Why attend
Celebrate

Show your team your appreciation for their hard
work


Networks


Build relations with award-winning companies leading the industry


Encourage


Support the industry’s growth and advancement by celebrating its achievements


2020 judges

Adam Daniels

Adam Daniels

Andrew Wayland

Andrew Wayland

Andy Bishop

Andy Bishop

Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor

Emily Nisbet

Emily Nisbet

Jeff Knight

Jeff Knight

John Bridgman

John Bridgman

Michael Hoare

Michael Hoare

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Nick Allen

Nick Allen

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