The last year has been dominated by the rollout of pension freedoms. The advice profession has had to prepare for the biggest shake-up to pensions for almost 100 years, and also cope with the ensuing fallout.

There has been wrangling over how the reforms are working in practice, the interaction with guidance and changes to the so-called “death tax” regime. Pensions and products that can deliver income in retirement have never been more attractive, and as a result the need for advice has never been greater. We also had an election to contend with, and all the uncertainty that brought with it. The FCA continues to issue its record fines, and advice firms and providers have had to fight to prove their value against the constant tide of negative publicity.

That is why it is worth taking the time to recognise those firms that have excelled against such a fast-moving regulatory and political backdrop. The Money Marketing Financial Services Awards recognise the very best advisers and providers and focus on excellence and best practice, as assessed by our robust, independent judging process.

From the hundreds of entries submitted, a list of shortlisted firms was created. These companies came in for a face-to-face interview where they were grilled on their business model and achievements of the past year by an expert panel drawn from across the financial services spectrum. Thanks very much to all of our judges who gave up their time to take part in this process. I would also like to thank our sponsors, who help make this prestigious event what it is year after year.

A final thank you goes to all those who took the time to enter this year’s awards – the strength of the submissions shows the huge time and resource dedicated to them.

Congratulations to all of our winners who have a set a high benchmark to beat amidst tough competition.

Natalie Holt
Money Marketing