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Leading the grid: The Car Finance Awards winners 2017

The winners of the second annual Car Finance Awards have been revealed, following a ceremony at The Nottingham Belfry last night.

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Rising Star winner Laura Barker, of DSG Financial Services, with Credit Strategy's Fred Crawley
Rising Star winner Laura Barker, of DSG Financial Services, with Credit Strategy's Fred Crawley

Coming straight after Credit Strategy’s Car Finance Conference, the awards celebrated a range of companies, from manufacturers boosting motor retail with finance campaigns, to lenders helping those with poor credit histories get onto the road, to the dealers making it all come together on the forecourt. The night highlighted brilliance in an industry rarely credited for its contribution to the UK economy.


This year new categories were added such as Best Company to Work for, Best Relationship Manager, Car Finance Personality of the Year and Gamechanger.


Big winners on the night included Vauxhall Finance which picked up two awards for Best Company to Work for in Car Finance and Best Manufacturer Finance Provider.


Black Horse, whose director of products, propositions and business enablement, Jim McCaffrey, delivered a keynote speech at the conference, took the trophy for Customer Service Excellence while MotoNovo Finance scooped the coveted Innovation Award.


The Car Finance Awards is also about reflecting individual talent and one name to watch is Laura Barker (pictured above) at DSG Financial Services, who took home the judges award for Rising Star.


On the night guests from across the industry raised just under £2,000 for The Children’s Trust, a charity that runs a range of specialist care, education and therapy services for children and young people from across the UK, including the UK’s largest rehabilitation centre for children with brain injuries.


Guests were also entertained during the awards by former Formula One racing driver Perry McCarthy – the man who was originally The Stig on BBC’s Top Gear.


Credit Strategy would like to thank all the awards sponsors – Intelligent Environments, Amigo Loans, Evolution Funding, Equiniti Pancredit and event supporter CarDealer.


The conference and awards will return next year but for now, the full winners can be seen below.


Car Finance Awards winners 2017


Best Use of Technology
Equiniti Pancredit


Customer Service Excellence sponsored by Equiniti Pancredit

Winner – Black Horse

Highly commended – MotoNovo Finance


Judges award for Best Relationship Manager
Joyce Rarity, Arnold Clark


Judges award for Rising Star
Laura Barker, DSG Financial Services


Judges award for Car Finance Personality of the Year
Stephen Sklaroff, director general, Finance & Leasing Association


Best Law Firm
Winner – Shoosmiths
Highly commended – TLT


Best Technology Partner
Winner – Codeweavers
Highly commended – Dealflo


Innovation Award
MotoNovo Finance


NextGear Capital UK


Best Service for Dealers
DSG Financial Services


Best Retailer for Finance – sponsored by Evolution Funding


Best Broker – sponsored by Amigo Loans
Winner – Evolution Funding
Highly commended – DSG Financial Services


Best Specialist Car Finance Provider


Best Independent Lender (Non-Bank Owned)
ALPHERA Financial Services


Best Independent Lender (Bank Owned) sponsored by Evolution Funding
Northridge Finance


Best Company to Work for in Car Finance
Winner – Vauxhall Finance

Highly commended – Lookers


Best Manufacturer Finance Provider sponsored by Intelligent Environments
Vauxhall Finance

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