Media Awards 2015 sponsors
Financial Adviser of the Year: The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) are proud to sponsor the Financial Adviser of the year award. The implementation of RDR in January 2013 presented a long-term opportunity for the investment company, and since then the AIC is working to maximise this opportunity. We’re currently running seminars, online and bespoke training on investment companies for advisers. We have developed a dedicated adviser centre on our website to host investment company data and news and an online newsletter, Spotlight.
The AIC was founded in 1932 to represent the interests of the investment trust industry – the oldest form of collective investment. Today, the AIC represents a broad range of closed ended investment companies, incorporating investment trusts and other closed ended investment companies and VCTs. The AIC’s members believe that the industry is best served if it is united and speaks with one voice.
Responsible Investment Adviser of the Year: Alliance Trust Investments was launched in January 2009 offering investors access to the outstanding capabilities of Alliance Trust PLC’s investment team. We offer a range of products and services focusing on global equities, SRI and fixed income with an emphasis on specialist investment solutions.
As a small company with the backing of a FTSE 250 Investment Company, Alliance Trust Investments has all the benefits of a small firm (client focus, flexibility and bespoke service) with the attributes of a large company (professionalism, solid capital backing and strong investment and risk processes).
Social Media Adviser of the Year: AXA Wealth – A little more thought from us, a big difference for you
At AXA Wealth we understand that investing can be complicated – there’s more information, more products and more choice than ever.
The AXA Wealth ambition is to make investing easy, and more reachable, for everyone.
Part of the global AXA Group, with some £27bn of assets under management, we cut out the complexity and offer you a comprehensive range of investment solutions under one roof. Our Elevate platform offers crystal clear ‘pay what you see’ pricing and flexible functionality, and our on and offshore investment and retirement offering, means you can work with us in whichever way suits you best.
And whichever way you choose to work with us, Architas, our in-house investment experts, place integrity at the heart of what they do. So you can be confident that the funds you choose are the best fit for you and your clients.
For individuals that want to take total control of their investments, AXA Self Investor provides a straightforward direct to consumer investment platform.
We’ve worked hard on the fundamentals that will help you provide a consistent, cost-effective and expert wealth management service to your clients. Like more choice, more flexibility and more transparency. After all, it’s our job to put a little more thought into what really matters, to make a big difference to you, your clients and their families.
Trade Article of the Year
Mortgage Adviser of the Year: Castle Trust Capital (CTC) is a new kind of financial institution with a unique proposition in the mortgage market – equity loans. Operating principally in the buy to let (including portfolio) and high net worth markets, CTC offers a range of flexible solutions to customers who wish to release capital from their residential property assets for a range of business and domestic purposes including investment and tax planning. CTC’s lending is typically second charge and does not require regular debt service payments. CTC’s special situations unit considers very large transactions using its innovative structuring capabilities.
Castle Trust also provides access to investors seeking exposure to housing as an asset class by offering fixed term investments with returns linked to the performance of national house prices.
Investment Article of the Year: Cofunds is the leading general investment platform for advisers and other financial institutions, with assets under administration of over £65.6bn*. It provides flexible administration and management services for advisers and their clients as well as dealing and custody services for financial institutions. It does not offer investment management or advice, nor does it compete with advisers by offering its services direct to the end client. Cofunds exists to serve the needs of institutions, advisers, their clients, and fund managers. Cofunds is wholly owned by Legal & General and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
*Source Fundscape at 31/3/14 (nb these assets are made up of Cofunds and Investor Portfolio Services)
‘Value of Advice’ Article of the Year: FundsNetwork is a leading investment services platform that is fully committed to building long-term relationships with advisers in order to understand – and help grow and develop – their businesses. As a pioneer of platform solutions in the UK, we have over 13 years’ experience in providing firms with the products, infrastructure and support they need to help them work more efficiently, save time and reduce costs. Today we are trusted with the administration of over £51 billion of assets on behalf of over one million investors and are proud to be sponsoring the Value of Advice Article of the Year award.
Mortgage Article of the Year
Young Financial Adviser of the Year: Legal & General Insurance
Our vision is to make life better by inspiring more people to protect their lifestyles.
Having combined our retail protection and general insurance businesses, we’re able offer a comprehensive range of award winning risk products. All serviced by qualified, UK based, customer service agents and claim handlers.
Our network helps financial advisers source the right mortgage, general insurance and protection products for their clients. And our mortgage club, with over 8,000 members, has the power to negotiate some of the best exclusive mortgage deals in the market.
Value of Advice ambassador: Legal & General Individual Retirement
Our aim is to enable people to enjoy the type of retirement they want by making the most of their life-long savings and assets.
We currently help over one million customers by providing them with secure income in their retirement. We are actively developing new propositions to help people make the most of the changing nature of retirement, serviced by UK based customer service teams and underpinned by our investment pedigree and financial strength.
We’re here to make retirement matter.
Consumer Article of the Year: NS&I has long recognised the importance of professional financial advice and for this reason is proud to support Unbiased and their efforts to help consumers find the most appropriate financial adviser for their needs.
For over 150 years, NS&I has been trusted to look after the nation’s savings. We are currently in the process of significantly transforming our business to ensure we offer enhanced online and phone services in line with changing customer preferences.
We offer a range of products which are designed to be the foundation of everyone’s savings and investments portfolio. Over 25 million customers have invested over £100 billion of their savings with NS&I.
All of our savings and investment products are backed by HM Treasury which makes them 100% secure, and so can be a useful way of balancing risk in a portfolio. This includes a range of tax-free products, some of which are unique including Premium Bonds and Savings Certificates.
The pricing and nature of our product range is determined by our operating framework, which is to balance the interests of our savers and taxpayers with the stability of the broader financial services sector. Visit nsandi-adviser.com for more information.
Estate Planning Adviser of the Year: Octopus Investments is one of the UK’s leading retail fund management companies specialising in smaller company investing. Founded in 2000, Octopus manages more than £3.5 billion of assets on behalf of 50,000 investors.
Working closely with financial advisers, we create investment solutions that combine our expertise in smaller company investing with government approved tax reliefs. Our core product range includes Venture Capital Trusts, Enterprise Investment Schemes and Inheritance Tax Services. We offer award-winning solutions for investors looking for capital growth, income generation or capital preservation.
Exceptional customer service and a straight talking approach to investing are integral to the way we do business at Octopus. We have twice been voted one of the best 100 smaller companies to work for, and are one of only two fund managers to have ever been rated AAA for customer service by Citywire.
At Retirement Adviser of the Year: Prudential UK is a leading life and pensions provider to approximately seven million customers in the United Kingdom. We use our core capabilities in multi-asset investing and longevity de-risking in combination with our strong brand to help customers accumulate wealth through a range of investment and pension products and to transfer this wealth into dependable retirement income at the appropriate time.
We provide a range of products and services including individual and bulk annuities, individual and corporate pensions, with-profits bonds, onshore and offshore bonds, and savings and investments.
Prudential UK is part of Prudential plc, an international financial services group with significant operations in Asia, the US and the UK.
Ensuring customers receive quality professional advice is core to our beliefs, so we’re delighted to continue to sponsor the At-retirement Adviser of the Year category at the 2015 Media Awards.
Pension Adviser of the Year: We've been helping people plan for their financial future since 1861. Today, we're the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company - and that's reassuring for anyone who saves with us.
We don't have any shareholders, which means we can focus solely on delivering the best possible outcomes for our customers.
Everything we do, from our carefully selected investment choices, to our excellent customer and online service, is designed to make saving for your future as easy as possible.”
Investment Adviser of the Year: At Schroders, asset management is our business and our goals are completely aligned with those of our clients - the creation of long-term value.
We manage £271.5 billion (EUR 339.0 billion/$464.1 billion) on behalf of institutional and retail investors, financial institutions and high net worth clients from around the world, invested in a broad range of asset classes across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives.
We employ over 3500 talented people worldwide operating from 37 offices in 27 different countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East, close to the markets in which we invest and close to our clients.
Schroders has developed under stable ownership for over 200 years and long-term thinking governs our approach to investing, building client relationships and growing our business.
Source: Schroders, all data as at 30 June 2014.
Protection Adviser of the Year: Sponsored by Scottish Widows
Pension Article of the Year: The People’s Pension is one of the UK’s largest and most successful automatic enrolment solutions. It is a multi-employer pension scheme open to any employer, from any business sector. Designed for people, not profit, we believe in keeping things simple for the employer and employee.
Our award-winning scheme is based on three key principles: Design Simplicity, Employer Assistance and Employee Engagement. Our exemplary customer service is combined with a low 0.5% all inclusive Annual Management Charge (AMC).
B&CE, provider of The People’s Pension, has over 30 years of pension scheme experience and unrivalled expertise in delivering pensions to low-to-moderate earning transient workers. B&CE was awarded ‘DC Provider of the Year’ at the UK Pensions Awards 2014 and ‘Best Master Trust Provider’ at the Pension and Investment Provider Awards 2014.
Tax Planning Adviser of the Year: At TIME Investments we put the needs of our clients at the forefront of everything we do. We pride ourselves on our superior client service, our commitment to innovation and our track record of delivering stable long term performance. Our experienced investment team manages a range of funds with total assets of £500 million, covering lending to UK residential and commercial property sectors, renewable energy assets, ground rents, forestry, farming and self-storage.
The TIME product range includes a suite of tax efficient solutions, which utilise government backed tax incentives to offer inheritance tax (IHT), capital gains tax and income tax relief. Our business was one of the first to offer a business property relief based solution to IHT, and since then we’ve continued to deliver innovative and effective products for advisers and their clients. With this in mind, we’re delighted to sponsor the Tax Planning Adviser of the Year award. A new category for 2015, this award has been introduced to reflect the rising importance of tax planning within financial advice.