The winners of the inaugural Lending Awards 2018, sponsored by Experian, have been revealed in a ceremony held at the Hilton London Bankside Hotel.
The new awards programme is a natural evolution of the established Commercial Finance and Alternative Lending (F5) Awards, with the addition of the Mortgage Awards – transforming it into the new brand – the Lending Awards.
Reflecting the wide remit of all these key components of the financial services space, the Lending Awards, are the UK’s only awards that connect the consumer, residential and business lending industries.
In all, more than 120 entries were shortlisted from over 70 companies across 33 categories.
The big winner on the night was iwoca, which claimed five awards including Alternative SME Lender of the Year, Best Fintech Lender (short-term) and Best Online Commercial Lender.
Investec Asset Finance won Best Asset Finance Provider and Best Commercial Lender, sponsored by Experian, while Best Building Society for Mortgages went to Leeds Building Society.
Best Mainstream Mortgage Lender, sponsored by Experian, was won by the Bank of Ireland, while Best Online Mortgage Lender went to Digital Mortgages by Atom Bank.
Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank took the Best Challenger Bank gong, while Best Credit Information Provider was won by LendingMetrics.
Best Fintech Lender, sponsored by Experian went to Lendable, with Nucleus Commercial Finance named Best Invoice Finance Provider.
Guests were entertained by News Quiz host and QI and Have I Got News For You regular Miles Jupp, who also presented the awards.
Credit Strategy would like to thank all the awards sponsors – Experian, Sopra Banking Software, Together, Foundation Home Loans and Telrock.
The winners of the Lending Awards 2018 are:
1 Alternative Consumer Lender of the Year (lending between £0-£2,500)
HC: Fair for You
2 Alternative Consumer Lender of the Year (lending over £2,500)
WINNER: Salary Finance and Modulr
3 Alternative SME Lender of the Year
4 Best Asset Finance Provider
WINNER: Investec Asset Finance Group
5 Best Brand
WINNER: GAIN Credit
6 Best Building Society for Mortgages
WINNER: Leeds Building Society
HC: Coventry Building Society
HC: Yorkshire Building Society
7 Best Challenger Bank
WINNER: Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank
8 Best Commercial Finance Broker – Sponsored Together Money
WINNER: Funding Options
9 Best Commercial Lender – Sponsored by Experian
WINNER: Investec Asset Finance Group
HC: Nucleus Commercial Finance
10 Best Credit Information Provider
11 Best Fintech Lender – Sponsored Experian
12 Best Fintech Lender (Short-term)
13 Best Invoice Finance Provider
WINNER: Nucleus Commercial Finance
ONE TO WATCH: Satago
14 Best Mainstream Mortgage Lender – Sponsored Experian
WINNER: Bank of Ireland
15 Best Mortgage Broker
WINNER: L&C Mortgages
16 Best Mortgage Distributor
WINNER: Legal & General Mortgage Club
17 Best Online Commercial Lender
18 Best Online Mortgage Lender
WINNER: Digital Mortgages by Atom bank
19 Best P2P Lending Platform
20 Best Specialist Commercial Lender – sponsored by Sopra Banking Software
WINNER: Shawbrook Bank, Structured Finance
21 Best Specialist Mortgage Lender
WINNER: Vida Homeloans
HC: Investec Private Bank
22 Best Support For SMEs
23 Best Technology Partner - Data/Decisioning/Systems
24 Best Technology Partner – International
WINNER: Turnkey Lender
25 Best Technology Partner - Loan management/Payments
WINNER: Equiniti Credit Services
26 Customer Service Excellence - Alternative Lending – sponsored by Telrock
WINNER: Hodge Lifetime
28 Gamechanger - Consumer Choice
WINNER: Choose Wisely
29 Innovation Award – Lender
30 Innovation Award - Non-Lender
31 Rising Star
WINNER: Hannah Lynskey, Investec Asset Finance