2016 Awards Sponsors

Category Sponsors

Value of Advice Article of the Year: Important decisions need expert advice.

At 1825 that’s one of our core beliefs and is the reason we’re proud to sponsor the Value of Advice Article of the Year award.

People rely on getting the right advice at the right time, tailored to their needs; and that’s why we exist. We focus on creating a financial plan for life, based on what individuals want for themselves and those they care about.  As part of the Standard Life group, which has been around since 1825, we’ve got the longevity to support people throughout their lives, backed by professionals with a wide range of experience.

It’s never too soon to plan your future. Through financial planning, you’ll achieve a better understanding of your financial situation, and be ready to take financial opportunities as they arise. That’s the value of advice.

Headline sponsor - L&G

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 sector, and since then the AIC has been working to maximise this opportunity. We’re 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, 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.

Bluebook newcomer: AXA Wealth – A little more thought from us, a big difference for you

At AXA Wealth we understand that investing for retirement can be complicated – there’s more information, more products and more choice than ever. We’re committed to simplifying this complex world and making it more accessible for everyone.

How? By listening and taking care of the little things that will make a big difference to you, your clients and their families. Like making sure our retirement products offer all the opportunities that the new pension freedoms bring. Giving a choice of all the investment and retirement products clients’ need, with flexibility around when and how they access their money. And keeping things simple with clear communications and transparent pricing.

We provide simple and innovative retirement and investment solutions, whether that’s investing on our platform, Elevate, through individual retirement solutions or investing onshore and offshore.

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.

We work hard on the fundamentals that help you provide a consistent, cost-effective and expert service to your clients.

And we’re part of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in insurance and asset management, with 161,000 employees standing by our 103 million clients across 59 countries.

Trade Article of the Year: Brooks Macdonald Funds Limited (BMF) is a fund management business which specialises in fund strategies that are unique and distinctive. As a mid-size fund manager, we have the agility to react quickly to the market and our fund range brings you diverse investment options that are able to fill the gap in an investment portfolio.

We offer a range of funds that include defensive asset, global equity, fixed income and specialist property funds, as well as four risk-rated multi-asset funds.

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)

Young Adviser 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 15 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 £61.1 billion of assets on behalf of over one million investors and are proud to be sponsoring the Young  Adviser of the Year award.

We recognise the value of financial advice and how it important it is that consumers are able to find an adviser who is able to help with their specific needs.

Legal & General Insurance - Our vision is to make life better by inspiring more people to protect their lifestyles. Every day in one way or another, we help people make decisions that often define the future quality of their lives. We help people understand the risks they face and empower them to make enlightened lifestyle decisions about the protection they need.

Legal & General Individual Retirement - Our aim is to protect people from outliving their savings. We help shift the financial burden of providing for the elderly away from the State. We do this by bringing together skills and experience from many different areas to provide a comprehensive retirement and risk transfer service.

Tax Planning Adviser of the Year: Lockton are the world’s largest privately owned insurance broker with over 65 offices worldwide placing over $21bn of premium and over £350m of Professional Indemnity premium in the UK alone.  Our scale translates in to leverage to deliver the best results for our clients.  A Chartered Broker we retain a high degree of industry expertise and make it our business to understand your business.  Businesses can spend millions on ad campaigns to convince prospective customers that they’re different. At Lockton, we prefer to invest our resources in ways that enable us to actually be different. In everything we do. You see it in the way we develop our talent and technology. It is the way we help our clients mitigate their risks and also seize their opportunities. Every day, Lockton demonstrates that our difference really does make all the difference in making our clients’ businesses better. That is not advertising. That is reality.

We have access not only to the wider composite and Lloyds’ and London markets but we are also proud to promote an exclusive Professional Indemnity product arranged with Antares at Lloyds’. Whether you join an established firm or you are just starting out, our dedicated professional services team will find the right solution to match your needs. Our team will: Access your business and tailor a solution for your business needs; allocate you a dedicated account manager; use our long standing relationships with A rated insurers and underwriters to get you right cover at the best price.

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 2016 Media Awards.

Pension Adviser of the Year: This is the second year we have sponsored the Pension Adviser of the Year award at the unbiased.co.uk Media Awards. At Royal London we believe in professional financial advice and are proud to support the good work unbiased.co.uk do in championing the value of advice.

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 £309.9 billion (€437.4 billion/US$487.4 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 3600 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 2015.

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.

Estate Planning Adviser of the Year: TIME Investments is proud to once again support the unbiased.co.uk Media Awards, which acknowledge the work of professional advisers and journalists in promoting the value of advice to consumers. At TIME we recognise the crucial role professional advisers play in the financial advice jigsaw, which is why we don’t accept direct investments from clients.

Our range of solutions 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. We now manage more than £500million through our services, helping more than 1,500 investors. What’s more, 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.  

We pride ourselves on our superior client service, our commitment to innovation and our track record of delivering stable long term performance.